Everyone loves a good race, right?
When TransEd announced this week that there is still no concrete timeline (see what we did there?) for the opening of the Valley Line South LRT, and that cables through the 13-kilometre route would need to be replaced, we really weren’t surprised. After all, since ground was broken on the project in the spring of 2016, delays have become the norm.
Meanwhile, in Toronto, the ambitious Eglinton Crosstown LRT project, like the Valley Line South, was originally scheduled to begin service in 2020. And, just like the Valley Line South, the contractors building the Eglinton Crosstown LRT missed the original deadline, and there is no concrete date for its opening.
Eglinton Crosstown and Valley Line South. Like Spider-Men pointing at each other, right?
So which will actually open for service, first? Let’s look at the two racers.
WHO ARE THEY?
In Toronto, the project is being built by a public-private partnership. Crosslinx Transit Solutions is the fancy name given to a consortium of four major builders – ACS-Dragados, Aecon, EllisDon and SNC-Lavalin.
In Edmonton, TransEd Partners is also the product of a public-private partnership. TransEd is comprised of T Bechtel, EllisDon, Alstom and Fengate Capital Management Ltd. Also in this coalition is Arup Canada and IBI Group.
WHEN DID THEY BEGIN?
Edmonton broke ground in the spring of 2016. Toronto broke ground in 2011. The Toronto project is more extensive, but Canada’s largest city had a significant head start.