Eglinton Crosstown opening delayed 'well into 2022'

One of two tunnels of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Keelesdale Station is seen during a press tour of the construction at the intersection of Eglinton Ave W. and Keele St. in Toronto, Ont. on November 9, 2018. Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia

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The opening of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project has been delayed until “well into 2022,” blowing past its September 2021 deadline to serve transit users.

The massive transit project is on budget, but not on time.

“Unfortunately, Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS) has faced a number of challenges since the start of the project, including starting nine months later than planned after contract award in July 2015, were slow to finalize the designs with some design work packages, and although CTS has significantly improved its production rate since the 2018 agreement, it has achieved only 84% of its target, meaning the project will be delayed,” Metrolinx president and CEO Phil Verster said in a statement Tuesday.

The transit project has presented a massive traffic challenge along Eglinton Avenue, but is expected to address major transit needs in the area.

Now, Metrolinx can’t even say precisely when it will open.

“Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario are not making any precise predictions of the project completion date at this point, simply because CTS must prove to us that they can achieve the new production rates they say they can achieve. It is important to note that the project remains within budget,” Verster said.

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