UTSC and Morningside-Ellesmere

University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and Morningside-Ellesmere

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Integration with UTSC

Approved 2009 EA Concept

UTSC Secondary Plan Application

Aerial map showing the boundary of the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) Secondary Plan Area. The figure also shows the alignment of the 2009 approved LRT route running north on Morningside Ave to Ellesmere, along Ellesmere to Military Trail, along Military Trail to Morningside, and then back onto Morningside Avenue north.

Updated LRT design requirements

  • Extended platforms (60-90m)
  • Track work required to accommodate service concept

UTSC Secondary Plan

  • Secondary Plan application has been submitted and is under review
  • Realignment of Military Trail

LRT interchange with other transit routes (12 in total)

  • Local TTC buses
  • GO Regional buses
  • Proposed Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (DS BRT)

Other Considerations

  • Preserve opportunity to extend LRT to Malvern
  • Terminus stop at north UTSC (Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre)
  • Steep hills on Morningside and Ellesmere
  • Future operation of the Ellesmere / Military Trail intersection for pedestrians and cyclists, transit, and vehicles
Aerial map showing the boundary of the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) Secondary Plan Area with the new proposed Secondary Plan road configuration and open spaces. The road configuration includes the realignment of Military Trail to the east and turning the existing Military Trail into a pedestrian open space.

UTSC Campus Today (2017)

  • 123 hectares
  • 12,500+ students & 850 faculty and staff

UTSC has submitted an Official Plan Amendment application for the university campus, based on their 2011 Campus Master Plan

  • Accommodate future growth of campus to over 35,000 students and 2,500 faculty and staff by the year 2066 and a hotel/conference centre;
  • Create a compact, integrated, connected, engaged, open and green campus;
  • Realign Military Trail to create a new pedestrian corridor.

Questions about UTSC Application

Contact: Andrea Reaney,
Community Planner
Phone: 416-396-7023 
Email: areaney@toronto.ca

Concept 1:
Modified Base Case

Aerial map showing the proposed UTSC road network as per the Secondary Plan Application with the realignment of the LRT along the proposed new alignment of Military Trail. LRT stops would be located on Morningside south of Ellesmere, on Ellesmere west of Military Trail, and on Military Trail east of Morningside.
  • Modified to accommodate realignment of Military Trail
  • LRT connects to the centre of UTSC campus
  • Poor intersection operations at Ellesmere/Military Trail for transit, pedestrians and traffic
  • Morningside/Ellesmere stop would be farther south than the 2009 EA concept, due to updated design standards

Concept 2:
Grade Separation (Tunnel)

Aerial map showing the proposed UTSC road network as per the Secondary Plan Application with the realignment of the LRT in a tunnel either under the proposed new alignment of Military Trail or under the pedestrian corridor along the old Military Trail. LRT stops would be located on Morningside south of Ellesmere, on Ellesmere west of Military Trail, and on Military Trail east of Morningside.
  • Connects to the centre of UTSC campus
  • Optimizes the intersection operations at Ellesmere / Military Trail for transit, pedestrians and traffic
  • Morningside/Ellesmere stop would be pushed farther south on Morningside, or moved to an east-west orientation on Ellesmere (just east of Morningside)
  • Increases costs

Concept 3:
Morningside Direct

Aerial map showing the proposed UTSC road network as per the Secondary Plan Application with the realignment of the LRT along Morningside. In this concept, the LRT would not run through the UTSC campus but would stay on Morningside. There would be two LRT stops. One would be located on Morningside either south of Ellesmere or north of Ellesmere. A second stop would be located on Morningside north of Military Trail. In this option, the stop on Morningside near Ellesmere would have to be grade-separated (above grade) due to the slopes and topography of the area. The stop would require elevators and stairs to access.
  • More direct route to Malvern
  • Reduces the number of turns and improves LRT operational efficiency
  • Does not connect directly to centre of UTSC campus
  • Above-grade concept would allow the Morningside/Ellesmere stop to shift to north side of Ellesmere (adjacent to Centennial College Morningside Campus)

Next Steps

  • Evaluation of concepts using the Rapid Transit Evaluation Framework
  • High-level cost-benefit analysis of concepts
  • Confirm alignment concept and stop locations
  • Identify an emerging preferred concept
  • Advance to conceptual design and updated cost estimate

We would like your feedback regarding the issues and options described above.

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