Kingston Road – Lawrence – Morningside

Kingston Road – Lawrence – Morningside

We would like your feedback on this issue area. Please read the information below and then complete the survey at the bottom of the page.

Aerial map of the area around Kingston Road, Lawrence Avenue and Morningside Avenue, showing the originally approved 2009 LRT alignment and the two stops planned on Kingston Road; one stop south of Lawrence and one stop south of Morningside. The LRT line runs along Kingston Road to Morningside and up Morningside. Blue platform extensions illustrate how platforms would need to be extended to accommodate the new longer LRT trains.

2009 Approved EA Concept

Key Issues
High traffic volumes 

  • One of the top 10 most congested locations in Toronto
  • 2009 EA study estimated that capacity would be reduced by 60% at Kingston/Morningside

Updated LRT design requirements

  • Extended platforms (60m to 90m)
  • Track work required to accommodate service concept
  • Significant bus transfer point

Other considerations

  • Pedestrian crossing and transfer between LRT and buses
Road map of the area around Kingston Road, Lawrence Avenue and Morningside Avenue, showing the revised LRT stop in this area proposed for Option 1. The LRT alignment would be the same as the 2009 alignment. The LRT stop would be just north of Lawrence on Kingston Road. There is only one stop in this area for this option for both eastbound and westbound vehicles.

Option 1:

Kingston-Morningside Single Stop

  • Closest to the approved 2009 EA concept
  • Consolidation of stops due to platform extension and proximity of stops; and need for
    track work
  • Improved transfers between LRT and buses
Road map of the area around Kingston Road, Lawrence Avenue and Morningside Avenue, showing the revised LRT alignment and LRT stop in this area proposed for Option 2. The realigned LRT would run north on Kingston Road, east on Lawrence Avenue, and north on Morningside. The LRT stop would be on Lawrence Avenue east of Kingston Road. There is only one stop in this area for this option for both eastbound and westbound vehicles.

Option 2:

Lawrence-Morningside Single Stop

  • At-Grade via Kingston – Lawrence – Morningside
  • Single stop on Lawrence
  • More flexibility to transfer to local buses
  • Direct pedestrian connections to station and surrounding context
  • Reduced speed for transit due to additional LRT turning movements
Road map of the area around Kingston Road, Lawrence Avenue and Morningside Avenue, showing the revised LRT alignment and LRT stop in this area proposed for Option 3. The realigned LRT would run north on Kingston Road, east on Lawrence Avenue, and north on Morningside. There would be two LRT stops, one for northbound/eastbound vehicles and one for southbound/westbound vehicles. The northbound/eastbound stop would be on Lawrence Avenue east of Kingston Road. The southbound/westbound stop would be on Morningside north of Lawrence.

Option 3:

Lawrence – Morningside Two Stops

  • At-Grade via Kingston – Lawrence – Morningside
  • Stop 1 on Kingston, south of Lawrence
  • Stop 2 on Morningside, north of Kingston
  • Most flexibility to transfer to local buses
  • Most pedestrian connections to stops and surrounding context
  • Further reduced speed for transit due to additional stop
Road map of the area around Kingston Road, Lawrence Avenue and Morningside Avenue, showing the revised LRT stop in this area proposed for Option 1. The LRT stop would be just north of Lawrence Avenue on Kingston road underground. There is only one stop in this area for this option and it proposes the LRT go underground at Kingston Road and Lawrence and come back up north of Kingston Road on Morningside Avenue.

Option 4:

Kingston Tunnel

  • Grade separated (tunnel) through both intersections to avoid LRT turning conflicts
  • Single below-grade stop below Kingston Road
  • Minimize impacts to travel times and increase safety for transit and general traffic
  • Increase in costs and construction impacts
Road map of the area around Kingston Road, Lawrence Avenue and Morningside Avenue, showing the revised LRT stop in this area proposed for Option 1. The LRT stop would be just south of Kingston Road on Morningside Avenue underground. There is only one stop in this area for this option and it proposes the LRT go underground at Kingston Road and Lawrence and come back up north of Kingston Road on Morningside Avenue.

Option 5:

Lawrence – Morningside Tunnel

  • Grade separated (tunnel) through all intersections to avoid LRT turning conflicts
  • Single below-grade stop below Morningside Ave (closer to potential redevelopment compared to
    Option 4)
  • Better connections to surface transit routes compared to Option 4
  • Further increase in costs and construction impacts compared to Option 4

Next Steps

  • Evaluation of options using the Rapid Transit Evaluation Framework
  • Cost-benefit analysis of a short-list of options
  • Traffic analysis to determine lane configurations and intersection operations
  • Identify a preferred option; advance to conceptual design with updated cost estimate

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