This video presents “Tunnelling for The Crosstown”:

  • Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario, is moving ahead on the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project, part of the province’s 8.4 billion dollar investment in transit expansion for Toronto in Ontario, Canada
  • Construction will begin by digging tunnels that will be constructed by large tunnel boring machines or TBMs for short

Above, map of current subway system and the future route of the Eglinton Crosstown and Scarborough RT (Rapid Transit)

Above, map of current subway system and the future route of the Eglinton Crosstown and Scarborough RT (Rapid Transit)

The Crosstown is a 19-kilometre light rail transit (LRT) line that will run under and along Eglinton Avenue through the heart of Toronto.

  • Running along Eglinton Avenue, the LRT will connect west to east from Jane Street/Black Creek Drive to Kennedy Station
  • Ten kilometres of The Crosstown will be tunnelled underground between Keele Street and Laird Drive (depicted as a brown line of the map above)
    • and The Crosstown will continue east on an at-grade right-of-way separated from traffic to Kennedy Station, where it will join with a converted Scarborough RT line (depicted as a blue line of the above map) on an elevated structure (depicted as a light blue line)
  • Construction of The Crosstown began in the summer of 2011, and has a projected completion date of 2020
  • By the end of 2012, four 10.5-metre, 500-tonne tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will be delivered in Toronto

Four tunnel boring machines with such an important job deserve proper names, and Metrolinx needs your help naming them:

Above, a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) for the Crosstown Light Rail Transit Line

Above, a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) for the Crosstown Light Rail Transit Line

Submit an entry for the Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) Naming Contest for a chance to put your personal stamp on one of the biggest transit expansion projects in Toronto’s history.

Naming the TBMs is easy:

  1. Just think of your most creative, fun and exciting suggestion for the names of one set of TBMs

    • For example, “Laverne and Shirley” or “Lucy and Ricky”
  2. Complete the form anytime between October 26 and November 8, 2012
    • Six semi-finalists will be selected by a panel of judges by November 13, 2012
  3. Visit their page from November 14 to November 19, 2012 to vote for your favourite entry!
    • The two entries with the greatest number of votes win
    • Limit of one vote per person

Please follow this link to participate in the contest: thecrosstown.ca/tbmcontest

Please click here for the contest rules of the Tunnel Boring Machines Naming Contest.

To learn more about the project, please visit thecrosstown.ca or drop by the Crosstown Community Office at 1848 Eglinton Avenue West (at Dufferin St).

Good Luck! / Bonne Chance!

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