Dec 01, 2023
By Jane Brown
There is continued frustration after the CEO of Metrolinx said Thursday he still cannot provide a date for the opening of the long awaited Eglinton Crosstown LRT.
Phil Verster told the Metrolinx Board of Directors, “we are not there yet.” He also said they are making sure everything was built right and operates correctly and safely. Verster went on to say the contractor CTS is finding issues that must be fixed before the Crosstown can open.
He also promised that Metrolinx will give the public a heads up three months in advance.
Maureen Sirois is with the Eglinton Way BIA and says the situation is increasingly hard to manage.
“What’s happening now is there’s such a lack of accountability for the delay of this project, that there’s no one standing there saying this is my file and we’re going to fix it,” Sirois told CP24, “So, it’s ongoing. It’s an endless pace of not knowing. And that is the hardest thing on business, not knowing.”
Speaking to reporters at Queen’s Park on Thursday, Ontario NDP Leader Marit Stiles called the delays “disrespectful.”
“That’s just deeply unacceptable to all of the people who are going to be relying on it and have been waiting for years now for this to open,” she said.
During the last update at the end of September, the Metrolinx CEO said new problems on the line were being discovered weekly.
Construction began on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT in the summer of 2011. It was originally supposed to open in 2020.