Metrolinx Confident About LRT Timeline, Despite Doubts From TTC
A warning from the staff of the TTC.
If the provincial transit agency Metrolinx doesn't slow down the building timeline of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT by two or three years, there will be massive disruption along Eglinton for residents, businesses and motorists. That's a 19-kilometre stretch.
Metrolinx is planning to get it done by 2020 but the TTC maintains, the timeline is too tight. The TTC thinks it'll take three to four years to build an underground station and up to two more years to test it.
Infrastructure Ontario won't be picking a private partner, until 2014 and the commission believes the only way to meet the deadline would be to build as many as 12 stations at once. That aggressive schedule on Eglinton could cause major disruptions to traffic and businesses. Possibly some of the worst the city has ever seen.
Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig remains positive. He was a guest on Newstalk 1010's Friendly Fire Wednesday evening, "We recognize that it's an aggressive schedule, we think it's an achievable schedule and we originally promised with the TTC that we would deliver the project in 2020, and we want to pull out all the stops to get there."