The Eglinton Crosstown LRT will be delayed for about a year, a source with knowledge of the project told CBC Toronto.
The 19 kilometer light rapid transit line was expected to be operational by the end of this year.
The source says the main issues causing the delay are related to the construction of subway stations, particularly at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue. Most metro stations are late.
Testing is still ongoing and full speed testing has just begun.
The source says the line could be operational in about a year at the earliest.
In a statement posted on Metrolinx’s website on Friday, President and CEO Phil Verster said the Eglinton Crosstown will not be operational this fall as planned. He did not provide a new date for the launch of the service.
“We expected the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to be fully constructed, extensively tested and in service this fall in accordance with our project agreement with Crosslinx Transit Solutions, the construction consortium responsible for constructing the project,” said Verster said in the release.
“Unfortunately, although progress has been made, Crosslinx Transit Solutions has been delayed, is unable to complete construction and testing, and therefore the system will not be operational within this timeframe.”
Project started in 20011
The line should run along Eglinton Avenue with 25 stops from Kennedy in the east to Mount Dennis in the west.
It has been under construction since 2011 and has had its opening date pushed back several times. It was scheduled to open in 2020 when the project was first announced.
Verster said he realizes the construction has taken a toll on commuters, communities and businesses along the route.
“We are doing everything to hold Crosslinx Transit Solutions accountable and redouble our efforts to meet their commitments and complete the work quickly so that we can welcome riders on a complete, tested and fully operational Eglinton Crosstown LRT as soon as possible.”
On his websiteMetrolinx further says, “Crosstown will open as Line 5 Eglinton, in 2022.”