Planning Studies & Initiatives

Eglinton East LRT

The Eglinton East Light Rail Transit (LRT)  is being planned as an easterly extension of the Crosstown LRT, from Kennedy Station along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue to the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus (UTSC). In early 2016, the Eglinton East LRT was identified as a key part of Scarborough's Rapid Transit Network along with Scarborough Subway Extension and SmartTrack, to improve accessibility to local destinations and support the development of complete communities. The Eglinton East LRT would provide improved local transit access to over 40,000 resident who live within walking distance of the corridor. It will bring rapid transit to five Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, and two university campuses - University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and Centennial College Morningside Campus.  

We are planning the LRT to improve urban design and the public realm, and encourage growth along designated avenues. The LRT will also encourage economic development and social development.

In early 2016, the Eglinton East LRT was identified as a key part of Scarborough's Rapid Transit Network, to improve accessibility to local destinations and support the development of complete communities.

Scope of update to 2009 approved project:

  • Connection to Crosstown LRT at Kennedy Station
  • New terminus station at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
  • Realignment of Military Trail through UTSC campus
  • Service integration with Eglinton Crosstown, including 2- or 3- car trains, platform lengths
  • Maintenance and storage requirements

The Eglinton East LRT is based very closely on the previously proposed Scarborough-Malvern LRT, which had its Environmental Assessment approved in 2009. There have been many changes since 2009, and additional planning and design work is needed to progress this LRT line. For example, the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT presents an opportunity to provide a through-service at Kennedy Station, eliminating the transfer, and extend the LRT line to the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.

Technical work and consultations will be underway in early 2017 to update the Environmental Assessment so that the project can proceed to detailed design.

Scarborough-Malvern LRT EA Report
Scarborough-Malvern LRT EA Appendices

Where are we in the Process?

The Eglinton East LRT will offer:

  • A through-connection at Kennedy Station, providing a direct connection between University of Scarborough Campus to the east, and Mount Dennis (Weston Rd/Eglinton Ave) to the west.
  • 11 km of new rapid transit
  • Up to 18 new rapid transit stations
  • 2 connections to GO / RER (Eglinton & Guildwood) and SmartTrack GO/RER at Kennedy Station
  • Service every 5 minutes
  • Dedicated right-of-way (or 'lane') to improve speed and reliability over existing buses
  • Real-time travel information at stations
  • Higher capacity per train (depending on configuration and number of cars per train, the LRT will carry the equivalent of between 6-to- 17 standard size buses)

Proposed Re-alignment of Military Trail



About the Light Rail Transit (LRT)

  1. Premium Service
  2. Improved passenger experience
  3. Reliability
  4. Encourages development and investment
  5. Creates opportunity for improved streetscape, public realm
  6. With additional planning, can seed opportunities for community building
  7. Near-zero emissions = improved air quality

What does LRT look like?
Compared with typical streetcar platforms, LRT platforms will:

  • Be wider and longer
  • Provide shelter along the entire length
  • Be handicap accessible throughout and lit all night
  • Include ticket vending machines and other amenities
  • Low platforms will improve access for Emergency Vehicles
  • Most intersections will have farside platforms with left turn lanes

 


Typical Mid Block Cross Section - Eglinton Ave

Mid Block Cross Section - Morningside Ave

Military Trail Rd Design Options
Download Detailed Technical Drawings 

 

Contents

What does LRT look like?. 1

Do LRTs cause congestion?. 1

How will LRTs will affect left turns?. 1

Does the implementation of LRTs reduce traffic lanes?. 1

Will LRTs increase emergency vehicle response time?. 1

How safe are transit stops in the middle of the roadway?. 1

Will property values along LRT corridors be affected?. 1

How will LRTs affect the corridor?. 1

 

What does LRT look like?

LRT offers a premium passenger experience with improved comfort, reliability, and attractive design. LRT vehicles will offer a much higher capacity than streetcars or buses, will operate more quickly due to less frequent stopping and have a dedicated Right-of- way with signal priority at intersections.

 

Do LRTs cause congestion?

LRTs will not impede traffic, as they travel on a dedicated right-of-way separate from regular traffic. LRTs will in fact decrease
congestion by replacing buses, increasing the overall capacity of the corridor and improving transportation choice.

 

How will LRTs will affect left turns?

Left turns and U-turns will be permitted at most signalized intersections. Some intersections may be impacted.

Does the implementation of LRTs reduce traffic lanes?

Mixed traffic lanes will likely be repurposed to make room for the LRT, bike lanes and improved public realm. This will allow more people to move along the corridor by giving them the opportunity to choose the mode of transportation that makes most sense for their trip. The Environmental Assessment (approved in 2009) included repurposing of lanes on Eglinton Ave and Kingston Road. This may be reviewed as part of the technical update to the Environmental Assessment.

 

Will LRTs increase emergency vehicle response time?

Emergency vehicles will be able to use the dedicated LRT ROW to bypass regular traffic in the event of an emergency, which may result in improved response times.

 

How safe are transit stops in the middle of the roadway?

The wide LRT stop platforms are accessed via accessible signalized intersections/crosswalks and there is a physical barrier between the platform and adjacent road lane. Safety and accessibility will be a key consideration in the detailed design process.

 

Will property values along LRT corridors be affected?

Studies throughout North America consistently demonstrate properties adjacent to high order transit experience enhanced value. Coordinated with other planning elements, LRT creates the opportunity to improve the streetscape and public realm and raise the market profile of the corridor.

 

How will LRTs affect the corridor?

Eglinton Ave is in a suburban community, with wide right-of-ways and no current provision of on-street parking. The investment in transit and improvement of transportation choice is one of the key ingredients in encouraging growth and intensification consistent with Toronto’s Official Plan. The LRT will help to foster a vibrant and attractive public realm that will encourage private sector investment and development. Lessons learned from other projects will be applied to minimize disruption from construction.

 

The City of Toronto and TTCare working closely together on coordinated transit planning in Toronto.

The City of Toronto, TTC, Waterfront Toronto together with Metrolinx are working to bring more transit to communities across the city with connections throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. During May and June, we have organized several meetings for you to learn more about integrated transit planning and provide your feedback on key projects and studies underway.

The same information will be available at each meeting and online, so you can choose the location and format convenient for you.

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