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ABB to deliver power for new Toronto light rail line

December 11, 2017 | By Ellen Cools

Photo courtesy Metrolinx

December 11, 2017 — ABB will provide key components for power distribution for the Eglinton Crosstown project, a new light rail transit line (LRT) in Toronto, to ensure the reliable operation with almost zero emissions.  

The project will triple the length of the rapid transit service, ABB says, bringing 81% of rider’s homes within two km of the LRT, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions form passenger transportation by 29% per person. Construction on the Eglinton Crosstown line has started and service will begin in 2021.

ABB will deliver a medium-voltage distribution and traction power system, including gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), and substations. ABB says its GIS technology reduces the footprint by almost 40% and provides a practically maintenance-free solution.

ABB will work in partnership with Crosslinx Transit Solutions Constructors (CTSC), a consortium comprised of SNC-Lavalin, ACS-Dragados, EllisDon and Aecon.


“Delivering power to a modern, sustainable mass transit system is in line with our vision to power Canada’s innovation ecosystem,” said Nathalie Pilon, President, ABB Canada. “With a strong history of pioneering technology in this field we are pleased to work with the CTSC on this ground breaking project.”

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