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Metrolinx begins testing Eglinton Crosstown light-rail vehicles

Two Eglinton Crosstown vehicles head out on one of the first test runs.
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Metrolinx has begun testing several Eglinton Crosstown light-rail vehicles (LRVs) along surface level tracks in Toronto's east end.

The tests will involve vehicles coupled together, increased speed analyses, brake tests and concurrent vehicle testing, Metrolinx officials reported in the agency's blog.

Earlier this spring, the first six LRVs were moved from the Eglinton maintenance and storage facility to a test location. Since then, crews have been commissioning the vehicles, including performing tests on communications systems and signals that interact with the LRVs and operating the vehicles at slow speeds.

Testing will continue regularly for the next few weeks. After all testing is completed in fall, the six vehicles will return to the maintenance and storage facility.

To open in 2022, the Eglinton Crosstown light-rail line will run more than 12 miles — with more than half of the mileage underground — and feature 25 stations along Eglinton Avenue. It will link to three Toronto subway stations and GO Transit lines.