The Eglinton East LRT is Scarborough’s transit corridor connecting people and places 

The Eglinton East LRT is more than a transit project. It will build on Scarborough’s strengths, attracting investment and opportunity along the corridor.

The Eglinton East LRT is based on the previously approved 2009 Scarborough Malvern LRT Environmental Assessment. There have been many changes since the 2009 Environmental Assessment. This study is being undertaken to complete additional planning and design work needed to progress the Eglinton East LRT. The focus of this work includes:

  • Integration with Eglinton Crosstown LRT
  • Identifying the benefits of an investment in a Scarborough LRT including economic and social development benefits
  • Extension of LRT line north to Malvern
  • Integration with the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC)
  • Traffic and corridor operations
  • Maintenance & Storage Requirements
  • Terminus stop
  • Corridor Planning
  • Development of conceptual design
  • Updated cost estimate and business case
  • Environmental Assessment amendment
This illustration depicts a light rail vehicle in perspective.
This map shows the entirety of line 5 in its three segments from West to East: Eglinton West, Crosstown, and Eglinton East. The western terminus is Pearson Airport and the eastern terminus is Malvern Town Centre. Interchange stations along the line include Mount Dennis Station (where Eglinton West meets the Crosstown) and Kennedy Station (where the Crosstown meets Eglinton East).

Eglinton West LRT – Planning stage
Eglinton Crosstown LRT – Under construction

Planning for the Eglinton East LRT

Watch this video for an overview of the Eglinton East LRT.

What’s Happened

This photo shows a blue TTC vehicle (the Scarborough RT) and several TTC buses pulling into Kennedy Station during afternoon rush hour.

In 2009, the City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission were granted authority to construct the 12 kilometre, 19-stop Scarborough-Malvern LRT. However, funding for its detailed design and construction was not secured.

Since the Scarborough-Malvern LRT EA was approved in 2009, many things have changed:

  1. Evolution within the wider transit network, including review of the Scarborough Subway Extension, SmartTrack, Regional Express Rail, construction of the Eglinton Crosstown, cancellation of the Scarborough LRT;
  2. Transit priorities for Scarborough were identified in early 2016, and the Scarborough Rapid Transit Network Plan was developed to respond to those priorities. This network plan was endorsed by Council, which includes the Scarborough Subway Extension, SmartTrack and the Eglinton East LRT.

To request a copy of the 2009 Scarborough-Malvern LRT Environment Assessment Report, please email us or call us at 416-338-2848.

Scarborough Rapid Transit Network Plan Map.
Endorsed by City Council in 2016

This map shows how the Eglinton East LRT is a key part of the Scarobourgh Rapid Transit Plan. The Eglinton East LRT route runs East-West along Eglinton Avenue, Northeast along Kingston Road, North along Morningside Avenue, around UTSC, and continues North to Malvern Town Centre. Context is shown with other lines that are part of the Scarborough rapid transit network and interchange stations where they intersect the Eglinton East LRT. Line 2 Bloor-Danforth and the Scarborough Extension run east-west, with an interchange station at Kennedy. SmartTrack runs north-south, with an interchange station at Kennedy GO. GO-Lakeshore East runs east-west, with interchange stations at Eglinton GO and Guildwood GO. Durham-Scarborough BRT runs east-west, intersecting the Eglinton East LRT at UTSC. The northern portion of Line 5 to Malvern will intersect with the Sheppard RT.

More Than Transit

This photo shows a stop along an LRT route, with a green and white light rail vehicle passing by, and another light rail vehicle in the distance.

The Eglinton East LRT is more than a transit project. It is an investment in city-building in Scarborough. Beyond the technical aspects of advancing the Eglinton East LRT, this project will identify planning priorities along the transit corridor related to public realm, built form, streetscaping, focus areas for redevelopment, and opportunities for social and economic development and community aspirations. 

Rendering of LRT and Streetscape

What Now

In May 2018, City Council approved staff recommendations to:

  • Include the extension to Malvern as part of the planning and design work for the EELRT
  • To advance an LRT tunnel in the area of Kingston-Lawrence-Morningside
  • To route the LRT through the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus at street-level along a re-aligned Military Trail
  • To request City Council to request the Province to protect for 3-car trains (100m) in the rehabilitation of Morningside Bridge

Currently work is underway to advance the Eglinton East LRT to conceptual design and an updated cost estimate. A business case will be developed for the Scarborough Rapid Transit Network.
Work is also ongoing to develop a vision for the Eglinton East LRT route corridor, and to identify the opportunities for communities to leverage and realize the benefits of investing in the LRT.

This photo taken during afternoon rush hour at Eglinton Avenue East at Brimley Road shows several vehicles and TTC buses, with a crowd of people waiting at the bus stop.

Eglinton East LRT Work Program Schedule

Final project recommendations will be reported to City Council in early 2019.

EELRT_Work Program Sched_Feb 2019
This timeline diagram represents the work program schedule in its many phases. The Scarborough-Malvern LRT was approved in 2009. In 2016 and 2017, Phase 1 (Concept Refinement Options) took place, including public meetings at the end of Phase 1. We are currently in Phase 2 (Concept Refinement Recommendations), through 2017 and 2018. Phase 2 includes a Report to Council (including emerging findings and options) in May 2018 and Public Consultation. In 2019, Phase 3 (Transit Project Assessment Process Amendment) will take place. Phase 3 begins with a public Meeting, followed by a Report to Council with final project recommendations in early 2019. In 2019 and beyond, there will be Detailed Design and Construction, with a funding commitment required to proceed.

Project Specifics

Eglinton East LRT Context Maps

This map shows the route of the Eglinton East LRT that is being planned, running across Scarborough. Line 5 runs East-West along Eglinton Avenue, Northeast along Kingston Road, North along Morningside Avenue, through UTSC campus, then continues North on Morningside, West on Sheppard Avenue, and then North on Neilson Road to Malvern Town Centre. The line includes interchange stations at Kennedy (where the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, currently under construction, becomes the Eglinton East LRT), Eglinton GO, and Guildwood GO, as well as many other stops. An aerial map base provides more context.

Highlights of Project Details:


connections to other existing rapid transit lines (Guildwood GO station, Eglinton GO station, Bloor-Danforth Line 2, and Kennedy GO Station)


post-secondary institutions on the route

11–15 km

of new rapid transit in a semi-exclusive right of way


residents live within walking distance of the route today


rapid transit connections in the future (including three GO Regional Express Rail stations, Bloor-Danforth Line 2, and Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit, and Sheppard East Rapid Transit)

7 km

of designated avenues

40,000 to 44,000

all-day ridership*

*depending on the final service model

LRT Facts

New rapid transit on Eglinton East will get you where you want to go and on time. The Eglinton East LRT will be a more reliable transit service. You won’t be stuck in traffic.


Each vehicle will carry three times as many riders as a bus. You will experience a smoother, more comfortable ride.

Convenient & Accessible

Stops within easy walking distance make riding transit easier than ever. Passengers can board quickly and easily. Fully accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

Reliable Travel Time

LRTs travel on a dedicated right-of-way and have priority signalling at intersections, improving the reliability of travel times.

Characteristics of the Eglinton East Corridor


of all trips that begin and end in Scarborough are made by transit – there is an opportunity to improve this!


of people who use the corridor in the morning rush hour are just passing through.


of all the transit trips that originate in Scarborough, end in Scarborough – local connections matter!


of people who live within the corridor are already using transit

About LRT

Snowflake Icon – LRT is a proven technology that is used around the world including extremely cold places

LRT is a proven technology that is used around the world including extremely cold places such as Edmonton, Minneapolis, Stockholm and Bergen. The guideway will be maintained to permit safe and reliable operation in adverse weather conditions.

Leaves Icon – LRTs produce near-zero emissions, making them the right choice for the environment.

LRTs produce near-zero emissions, making them the right choice for the environment.

Traffic Light Icon – LRTs will not impede traffic, as they travel on a dedicated right-of-way separate from regular traffic.

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.

This infographic compares various TTC vehicles, including illustrations of the vehicles: a streetcar, a bus, and the Eglinton East LRT. A streetcar (such as 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina, 512 St Clair, 501 Queen, or 504 King) travels at a speed of 14 kilometres per hour, with a rush hour capacity of 130 people per vehicle (in rush hours). A bus (such as 34 Eglinton East or 86 Scarborough) travels at a speed of 21 kilometres per hour, with a rush hour capacity of 51 to 74 people. The Eglinton East LRT (Line 5) will travel at a speed of 23 kilometres per hour, with a rush hour capacity up to 490 people (depending on the type and number of Light Rail Vehicles).