Issue Areas for Concept Refinement
The Eglinton East LRT concept is based on the Scarborough-Malvern LRT, which was approved under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act in 2009. The full integration with Line 5 (Eglinton Crosstown) represents a significant opportunity to achieve greater benefits in terms of transportation accessibility and ridership. The integration also represents challenges in design to ensure that trains can efficiently travel on both the central section of Line 5 that is under construction and the extension to UTSC and/or Malvern.
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Travel and Transit in Scarborough
The City of Toronto and the surrounding region is growing. By 2041, Toronto is expected to grow to almost 3.4 million people and 1.72 million jobs. This will increase demand on the transportation network.
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!
residents live within walking distance of the route today
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
of people who start their trip in the corridor, end it at a destination within the corridor.
Technical Issues that are being explored are:
- Alignment and stop locations based on new longer LRT vehicles
- Updated traffic and corridor operations study based on current transportation conditions
Based on the technical issues under review, there are 5 key issue areas that require more detailed study:
- Kennedy Station and Integration with Eglinton Crosstown LRT
- Eglinton-Kingston Road
- Integration with University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) Secondary Plan
- Northern extension to connect Malvern
The elevation framework will be used to evaluate each of the options developed for the issue areas of Eglinton + Kingston Road, Kingston – Lawrence – Morningside (KLM), University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) integration, and Northern Extension. The evaluation criteria are grouped under three main themes: Serving People, Strengthening Places, and Supporting Prosperity.
Develop an integrated network that connects different modes to provide for more travel options
- What is the ability to connect to higher-order transit, such as subways, LRTs, bus routes, etc.?
- What is the ability to connect to walking and cycling routes (from stops), and support transfers to other modes (walking/cycling/transit)?
Capacity to ease crowding / congestion; reduce travel times; make travel more reliable, safe, and enjoyable
- What is the ability to provide high-quality transit service that attracts riders and eases traffic and other types of congestion?
- What is the ability of the option to support a safe environment for all corridor users – pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and auto drivers?
- What is the ability of the option to provide a convenient transit service that brings people to the places they need to go (i.e. serve ‘key destinations’)?
Do not favour any group over others; allow everyone good access to work, school, and other activities
- What is the ability of the option to serve equityseeking Torontonians?
- What is the ability to improve transit access and support broad transit mobility needs of all income groups, age groups, and abilities?
Shaping the City
Use the transportation network as a tool to shape the residential development of the City
- What is the ability to serve existing and future population? Does it align with provincial planning policies?
- What is the ability of the option to encourage transit-supportive development, create opportunities for placemaking, and encourage appropriate residential development?
Changes in the transportation network should strengthen & enhance existing neighbourhoods; promote safe walking & cycling
- Does the option address the existing local character and context of the neighbourhood(s)?
- Does the option support access to community facilities, such as schools, daycares, and places of worship?
- Are there opportunities to enhance public spaces and natural areas?
Public Health and Environment
Support and enhance natural areas, encourage people to reduce how far they drive
- How does the option impact the natural environment (i.e. air quality, surface water, flora & fauna, or soils)?
- Does the option impact the cultural environment (e.g. cultural, heritage or archaeological resources)?
Investment in public transportation should support economic development; allow workers to get jobs more easily; allow goods to get to markets more efficiently
- Does the option support employment areas and businesses and encourage appropriate employment growth?
- Does the option benefit or impact the efficient movement of goods?
Improvements to the transportation system should be affordable to build, maintain and operate
- What is the scale of capital, operating and maintenance costs?
- Are there any significant engineering risks that could drive up the cost estimate at a later stage of design?