Frequently Asked Questions
The Eglinton East LRT was endorsed by Council as part of the Scarborough Rapid Transit Network to provide local transit access within Scarborough. The EELRT would provide choices to people living in neighbourhoods along the route about how to access jobs, school and other important services. The LRT is also about supporting the development of complete communities along Eglinton Avenue and Kingston Road, connecting the University of Toronto, Scarborough campus, and attracting investment and opportunity for those who live and work in Scarborough.
The Eglinton East LRT is an easterly extension of the Eglinton Crosstown, currently under construction. The eastern and western extensions of the Crosstown LRT would provide a higher-order transit connection across Toronto’s midtown, from the Airport to eastern Scarborough.
LRT stands for Light Rail Transit – an efficient form of transit travelling in its own dedicated lanes with signal priority at intersections. LRT offers a premium passenger experience with improved comfort and reliability that would provide many Toronto residents with a choice for getting around.
Transit corridors provide mobility and access, connecting people and places along the corridor. They support opportunities for place making and public realm improvements, and a full range of mobility options including walking, driving, taking transit and cycling. Transit corridors are attractive places for investments and opportunities.
The recommended concept in the Scarborough-Malvern LRT Environmental Assessment (approved in 2009 and upon which the Eglinton East LRT is based), contemplated an LRT running in its own travel lane in the centre of the street. A robust traffic model has been developed and updated. Stemming from the findings of this work, a grade separation (i.e. LRT in a tunnel) is being planned in the area of Kingston-Lawrence and Morningside.
a. What will happen to drive-ways and left turns?
There will be left turn lanes at most of the existing signalized intersections/lights. Divers coming out of driveways that are mid-block will need to exit turning right and then use a left-turn lane to turn around. i.e. some local roads will be restricted to "right in, right out".
Planning and conceptual design of the Eglinton East LRT has been funded by the City. The project team will be seeking direction from City Council in Spring 2019 regarding further funding for the project.
In Spring, 2019, the project team will be seeking direction from City Council on advancing the Eglinton East LRT. If Council directs the project to proceed, the next steps are preliminary design, including an amendment to the Environmental Project Report, originally approved in 2009.
It is expected that the LRT would take approximately three more years to design and four years to build. A construction timeline and implementation strategy will be reported to City Council in Spring 2019.
Safety is a priority. The wide LRT stop platforms are accessed via accessible signalized intersections/crosswalks and there is a physical barrier between the platform and adjacent road lane. Safety and accessibility will be key considerations throughout the planning and detailed design process.
Several existing bus routes would be modified or rerouted to support LRT service.
Yes, all LRT vehicles and stops will be accessible.
A tunnel is being planned in the area of Kingston Road, Lawrence Avenue East and Morningside Avenue, based on the expected impacts to traffic if it were to run on the surface. Full grade separation is not being contemplated for the Eglinton East LRT because there is room to accommodate the LRT without significant impacts to traffic.
A traffic management strategy would be developed for the construction period. Plans would consider the lessons learned from the current construction of the Crosstown.
After the LRT is built, left turns would still be allowed at most of the existing signalized intersections. Non-signalized intersections including driveways, will only allow right turns in and out.
If City Council directs staff to advance the project, all potentially impacted properties will be identified in the amended Environmental Project Report. Any full or partial property acquisitions would take place prior to the start of construction. The project team will continue to engage with potentially impacted property owners through registered mail, one-on-one meetings and community meetings.