Metrolinx, lnfrastructure Ontario (IO) and Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS ) have released a joint statement regarding the dispute over the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The parties have agreed on a revised production schedule and accountabilities to ensure the 19km light rail line is delivered on time.
In early July, CTS, comprised of ACS, Aecon Group, EllisDon and SNC-Lavalin, issued a Notice of Action in Ontario Superior Court alleging that Metrolinx and others had breached the terms of the construction agreement and that dealys to construction were due to events and circumstances outside of CTS' control.
In August Metrolinx responded by filing an application to halt court proceedings. The Metrolinx application was scheduled to be heard before the courts on 11 September; however, with an agreement, CTS has consented to halt the proceedings. When the agreement is fully implemented, CTS' action will be dismissed.
While the details of the agreement reached remain commercially confidential. the statement emphasises that the agreement has been achieved within the scope and budget (CAD5.3 billion (US$4 billion)) for the project, with no additional costs to the taxpayers in the Province of Ontario. The line is scheduled to open in September 2021.