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
Planning for the Eglinton East LRT
Watch this video for an overview of the Eglinton East LRT.
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:
- 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;
- 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
More Than Transit
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.
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.
Eglinton East LRT Work Program Schedule
Final project recommendations will be reported to City Council in early 2019.
Eglinton East LRT Context Maps
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
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)
of designated avenues
40,000 to 44,000
*depending on the final service model
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
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.
LRTs produce near-zero emissions, making them the right choice for the environment.
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.