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Metrolinx is building the Eglinton Crosstown, Toronto’s new 19-kilometre light rail transit (LRT) line that will run along Eglinton Avenue with a central 10 km underground section. The Crosstown will connect Mount Dennis in the west to Kennedy Road in the east, and the new service will be up to 60% faster than the bus service today. With 25 stations and stops and connections to 3 TTC subway stations, 54 local bus routes, 3 GO Transit lines and the UP Express, the Crosstown will improve travel times and change the way we move through the heart of the city.
 
March 10, 2017

Join us March 13 to say farewell to the Crosstown’s TBM

Metrolinx invites you to join us throughout the week of March 13, 2017 to watch the pieces of being lifted and transported offsite. We will start the process of extracting the tunnel boring machines (TBM) from the completed east tunnels, and say farewell to our faithful helpers, TBM Don and TBM Humber. 
A view inside the extraction shaft at Eglinton & Yonge. TBM Humber (bottom) gets ready to say ‘goodbye’ to his pal, Don (top).
The TBMs will be disassembled and lifted from extraction shaft just east of Yonge & Eglinton in four oversized sections over four days. It all begins during the morning on Monday, March 13th between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Each piece will be lifted from the extraction shaft in the morning, and placed on the ground within the construction zone. Later, after 9 p.m. that night, the piece will be loaded onto a large truck and hauled away. TBM Don, the machine that bored the north tunnel, will be removed first. 

Join the kick-off on March 13th to enjoy complimentary beverages, and to bid a grateful farewell to TBM Don. 

Don't miss this opportunity to witness this significant milestone of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project!

How to watch

The best spots to view the extraction are on the south sidewalk between 45 and 75 Eglinton Avenue East, just east of Holly Street.
  • March 13: Cutter Head
  • March 15: Forward shell
  • March 17: Trailing Shield
  • March 23: Stationary Shield
The TBMs were delivered to the east launch shaft at Brentcliffe Road August 2015.
The Crosstown Community Relations Team

EAST COMMUNITY OFFICE
Responds to issues between Yonge Street to Kennedy Road.
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
24 Hour Phone Service: 416-482-7411

WEST COMMUNITY OFFICE
Responds to issues between Yonge Street to Weston Road.
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
24 Hour Phone Service: 416-782-8118

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