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The Eglinton East LRT is Scarborough’s transit corridor connecting people and places on Eglinton Ave, Kingston Road and Morningside. 

The Eglinton East LRT will build on Scarborough’s strengths, attracting investment and opportunity along the corridor.

Eglinton East LRT is more than a transit project. It’s Scarborough’s transit corridor connecting people and places

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
  • Extension of LRT line north to Sheppard/Malvern
  • Integration with the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) Secondary Plan
  • Traffic and corridor operations study
  • Maintenance & Storage Requirements
  • Terminus stop
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 in the Malvern area. 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 – Under construction

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.

For a copy of the 2009 Scarborough-Malvern LRT Environment Assessment Report please make a request through the contact us form.

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

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. We are refining the LRT concept and updating the Scarborough-Malvern LRT concept to address changes since 2009.

To share current project information with the community, the Eglinton East project team will be hosting public meetings on November 29, 30 and December 2, 2017. Go to get involved for more details about the meetings.

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.

What Now

Work is underway to:

  • Refine the service concept
  • Identify places along the approved route where adjustments to the stops and alignment are needed to ensure consistency and integration with the Eglinton Crosstown trains.
  • Planning work beyond the LRT tracks to meet the wider aims of the transit investment: supporting the development of complete communities
  • Refine the overall alignment and stops and develop an updated cost estimate
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

The work being completed now will be reported to City Council in 2018 and early 2019.

This horizontal timeline diagram represents the work program schedule in its many phases. The Scarborough-Malvern LRT was approved in 2009. We are currently in Phase 1: Concept Refinement options (2016–2017). There is a public meeting at the end of Phase 1. In 2017–2018, we will be in Phase 2: Concept Refinement Recommendations. Phase 2 includes a Report to Council (including emerging findings and options, and seeking authority to proceed to the TPAP Transit Project Assessment (TPAP) Amendment when ready. Also in Phase 2 there is a Public Workshop. In 2019, we will be in Phase 3: Transit Project Assessment (TPAP) Amendment. Phase 3 begins with a public meeting, followed by a Report to Council about the Scarborough Rapid Transit Network Business Case, 5% design, and updated cost. In 2019 and beyond, there will be Detailed Design and Construction, with a funding commitment required to proceed.
This vertical timeline diagram represents the work program schedule in its many phases. The Scarborough-Malvern LRT was approved in 2009. We are currently in Phase 1: Concept Refinement options (2016–2017). There is a public meeting at the end of Phase 1. In 2017–2018, we will be in Phase 2: Concept Refinement Recommendations. Phase 2 includes a Report to Council (including emerging findings and options, and seeking authority to proceed to the TPAP Transit Project Assessment (TPAP) Amendment when ready. Also in Phase 2 there is a Public Workshop. In 2019, we will be in Phase 3: Transit Project Assessment (TPAP) Amendment. Phase 3 begins with a public meeting, followed by a Report to Council about the Scarborough Rapid Transit Network Business Case, 5% design, and updated cost. In 2019 and beyond, there will be Detailed Design and Construction, with a funding commitment required to proceed.

Project Specifics

Eglinton East LRT Context Map

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, and North along Morningside Avenue and around UTSC, with a future extension north to Malvern. 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. Context is provided with lines for major streets that intersect or run alongside the LRT route, as well as with labels for adjacent neighbourhoods: Ionview, Kennedy Park, Eglinton East, Scarborough Village, Woburn, West Hill, Morningside, and Malvern. Several key destinations in proximity to the LRT route are highlighted: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Centennial College, Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre, Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School, Scarborough Golf Club, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute, Maplewood High School, East Scarborough Storefront, Kingston Square, West Hill Collegiate Institute, Miller Lash House, Toronto Pan Am Aquatic Centre, East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, Robert Borden Highschool, Guildwood Park and Gardens, Morningside Crossing, Markington Square, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, and Ecole secondaire catholique Pere-Philippe-Lamarche.

Highlights of project details:

4

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

2

post-secondary institutions on the route

11 km+

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

40,000+

residents live within walking distance of the route today

 6

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.

Comfort

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.

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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.

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

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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).
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