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Spotted: Tunneling the Crosstown

A glimpse at one of the giant machines that will dig the future beneath Eglinton Avenue.


SPOTTED BY: Toronto Centre MPP Glen Murray.

WHERE: Near Eglinton Avenue West and Black Creek Drive.

WHEN: Earlier today.

WHAT: After several brushes with cancellation, the effort to build a 10-kilometre section of light-rail track underneath Eglinton Avenue is finally getting underway. The picture above shows just one of four giant boring machines that will spend the next few years digging twin tunnels for Toronto’s future fleet of light-rail vehicles to travel through. (The actual tunneling is expected to begin in June.) The underground railway will form part of the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown, one of three light-rail lines being built with $8.4 billion in provincial funding. If all goes according to plan, construction should be finished by 2020.

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