Vehicle testing started on August 24!
If you see Crosstown light rail vehicles strolling down the tracks on Eglinton Avenue, don't be surprised.
Metrolinx announced on August 24 that "Crosstown light rail vehicles (LRVs) will be zipping along the aboveground section of the route for the first time under conditions as if they were in service," according to a news release.
Eglinton Crosstown LRT vehicles are being tested on the tracks! 📹: @Metrolinx pic.twitter.com/uM0KIRUMy4
— Allysha Howse (@allysha8h) August 26, 2021
The LRVs will be doing brake testing, increased speed testing and concurrent vehicle testing for the next few weeks.
In the spring, the six LRV's were taken out of the Eglinton maintenance and storage facility (EMSF) for testing. After testing is completed this fall, the vehicles will return to the facility, according to the news release.
"While these are exciting times, Metrolinx officials are reminding all pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists that these are still active construction sites and to continue to exercise caution around these areas," the release states.
Metrolinx also warned that "pedestrians should only cross Eglinton Avenue at intersections."
Eglinton Crosstown LRT is predicted to open in 2022 as Line 5 Eglinton and will offer up to 60% faster travel times between east and west midtown Toronto, according to Metrolinx.
Along Eglinton Avenue, there will be 25 stations, and it will link to 54 bus routes, three TTC subway stations and even GO lines.