Ontario Celebrating Major Milestone for Eglinton Crosstown West Extension

Ontario has finished tunnelling the western underground portion of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, marking a significant milestone in the province’s plan to create a reliable and continuous rapid transit line that connects communities from the east end of Toronto to Etobicoke and Mississauga.

Today’s announcement brings us another step closer to saving commuters time, increasing quality of life for residents and growing the economy for everyone.

During the tunnelling process, two tunnel boring machines excavated 1.2 million tonnes of soil and rock, installed more than 7,400 concrete tunnel liner rings to support the tunnel walls and dug 93 per cent of the underground portion of the line.

During the next phase of the project, work will continue at the extraction shaft at Scarlett Road to build the structure where the trains will emerge from the tunnels and preparations will get underway to begin tunnelling the eastern underground portion of the line that will run from east of Jane Street to Mount Dennis Station.

Once complete, the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension will bring 37,500 more people within walking distance of transit and attract 70,000 daily boardings by 2041.