In 2017, A company by the name of Entuitive Engineering got the contract to move the Kodak 9 building several hundred metres. This was to allow a new basement to be fitted in readiness for the building’s new role as part of the Mount Dennis Station on the Crosstown Line. The details of the move and other interesting tidbits are in this Urban Toronto posting. Weston Web has more here and here. The Urban Toronto article is here.
CEO Phil Verster is featured on a ‘year-end wrap up’ Metrolinx video in which he talks about the Eglinton Crosstown Line’s progress to date and where it is heading next. The video has lots of dreamy drone footage and overhead shots of Mount Dennis and other stations.
“Our goal remains the same: to deliver modern rapid transit to Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue. 2021 saw us make strides in delivering upon that goal with significant progress made to the 19 kilometre transit line.”Phil Verster
While Mr Verster claims that construction crews are nearing completion on a number of key locations, he fails to give many details or indeed when exactly the public may begin to use the line.
If it was good news, no doubt he would have told us. As one wag noted in the comments, “Even the year end video is late.”.
Influential Toronto transit blogger Steve Munro is reporting a significant development in construction of the Eglinton Crosstown Line. Metrolinx has consistently stated that the line will not open until all stations are ready. Now it seems that thanks to various factors, Eglinton Station (at Yonge) might not be ready until May 2022 and a direct connection to the subway will be delayed until fall of that year.
Why the change in plans? Steve points out that, “The expected June 2022 provincial election will bring considerable pressure to provide a ribbon cutting for Premier Ford at whatever cost is necessary.”.
Read his blog post here.
View an interesting take on the line from Reece Martin below:
Update: Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster has called talk of a partial opening as a ‘distraction’. Verster seems unhappy with builders of the line, Crosslink Transit Solutions.
Read more here.
The video shows Mount Dennis station as it currently exists for a future when mass travel is once more possible. The old Kodak Building looks good! Stations down the line are also featured.
Vintage Toronto has a neat virtual exhibit on Kodak Heights, the photography plant that used to be a major employer in Mount Dennis.
As time ticks away, 2021 and the opening of the Eglinton Crosstown Line is becoming closer to reality, Metrolinx has released this video of a test run of a new Bombardier-built LRT vehicle leaving the Eglinton Maintenance and Storage facility. The train is shown taking a short jaunt eastwards along Eglinton and across Black Creek Drive.
Urban Toronto has an article outlining the latest progress on the old Kodak site. The construction work is slowly taking shape as more work is done on the site. Read all about it here.