Metrolinx statement on Eglinton Crosstown LRT
May 16, 2023
Metrolinx president and CEO, Phil Verster has released the following statement on the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project:
Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS) informed Metrolinx late Monday evening that they intend to litigate and stop working with the TTC, who will operate the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. This is another unacceptable delay tactic by CTS at a time when they should be submitting a credible schedule to Metrolinx for completing the project. While Metrolinx is driving and supporting CTS to complete the project, CTS is looking for new ways to make financial claims. CTS’s behaviour continues to be disappointing, especially for our Toronto communities who have been waiting patiently for the completion of this project.
Metrolinx and the TTC have been working collaboratively for years to get the Eglinton Crosstown LRT ready for customer service, but now require a schedule that describes how they will complete the testing, commissioning, safety and quality rectifications of the rail line.
Metrolinx will defend this latest legal challenge by CTS as we have done several times before. The cost of CTS’s delays are for CTS to bear. Metrolinx is already withholding significant payments for poor performance. We will continue to hold CTS to account and examine every remedy under the Project Agreement to ensure the project is delivered to a high quality and that it is safe and reliable to open.