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Metrolinx says it will not be able to meet the soft September target previously set for substantial completion of the new Eglinton Crosstown light rail line.

The provincial agency responsible for regional transit in the GTA said Friday that while it had hoped work would be substantially complete on the line by September, it won’t be this fall.

“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 Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster said in a statement. Friday.

“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.”

Verster’s statement acknowledged that construction “has been difficult” for many parties, including businesses, commuters and those living along the line.

He said Metrolinx is “doing everything to hold Crosslinx Transit Solutions accountable and redouble our efforts to meet our commitments.”

The public transport agency has clashed in recent years with the consortium hired to build the line.

Crosslinx filed a lawsuit against Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario in October 2020, claiming they should not be held liable for delays in project cost overruns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A judge eventually sided with the consortium and the two sides renegotiated an agreement in December that the line would be substantially complete by September 2022 and open several months later.

Construction of the line began over a decade ago in the summer of 2011. Initially, the $5.5 billion line was expected to be completed by 2020.

Verster said he hoped the line would be completed “as soon as possible,” but offered no new target date.

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