On March 31, 2016, City Council directed the City Manager to remove the heavy rail options on the western corridor from further consideration and review the approved environmental assessment for the Eglinton West LRT extension from Mount Dennis to the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre (MACC) and Pearson Airport to optimize design.
For more information, please see report EX13.3 Developing Toronto's Transit Network Plan: Phase 1.
The City of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Metrolinx has examined the feasibility of a proposed SmartTrack heavy rail corridor from the Mount Dennis Station to the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre. Several corridor options were evaluated for this proposed rapid transit link.
A staff report on the development of Toronto's transit network plan is being presented to the City's Execuitve Committee on March 9. This report recommends that
- the heavy rail options on the western corridor not be considered further
- the approved Environmental Assessment for the Eglinton West LRT extension from Mount Dennis to the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre (MACC) and Pearson Airport be reviewed
The final report on the Western Corridor Feasibility Review was released on January 19, 2016.
What was studied?
The review examined the feasibility of three potential heavy rail corridors. These corridors include:
- A continuous connection of the Kitchener GO corridor with an east-west corridor along Eglinton Avenue West from Mount Dennis to the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre;
- A separate heavy rail corridor along Eglinton Avenue West between Mount Dennis and the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre, connected to the Kitchener GO corridor through an interchange at Mount Dennis; and
- A connection of the Kitchener GO corridor to connect with Toronto Pearson International Airport and the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre (MACC), from the north.
A total of eight (8) potential alignments were developed along Eglinton Avenue West and to connect the Kitchener GO corridor with the airport and MACC from the north.
Alignments in a separate heavy rail corridor along Eglinton Avenue West were not developed because it was possible to develop alignments with a continuous connection to the Kitchener corridor.
The eight potential alignments are found in the materials presented at February Public Meetings.
Eglinton West LRT
Given the comparatively low ridership projections, and the high cost and community impact of heavy rail on the proposed western connection from Mount Dennis to the MACC, City staff are recommending that the heavy rail options for the Western corridor of SmartTrack not be pursued. Instead, the Eglinton West LRT should be advanced for further study. As this is a provincially owned project, Metrolinx is currently undertaking work to optimize the Eglinton West LRT option.
Eglinton LRT West Extension as Approved in 2009 Environmental Assessment
The final report on the Western Corridor Feasibility Review was released on January 19, 2016. Click on the links below to view and download the report.