Frequently Asked Questions
The EELRT was recommended – and endorsed by Council – as part of the Scarborough Rapid Transit Network to provide local transit access within Scarborough. The EELRT would make it easier for people living in the corridor to access jobs, school and other important services. But the EELRT is also about providing a great service so that people will choose transit. It is about supporting the development of complete communities along the transit corridors, 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 west of Kennedy Station. LRT stands for Light Rail Transit – an efficient form of transit travelling in its own dedicated lanes with signal priority at intersections. The EELRT, Crosstown and Eglinton West LRTs together will connect UofT Scarborough to SmartTrack, Line 1 and Line 2 subways, the UPX, midtown Toronto, the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre and Pearson Airport.
LRT offers a premium passenger experience with improved comfort, reliability, and attractive design. LRT vehicles can carry up to three times more people than buses. LRT corridors provide reliable rapid transit, and establishes a base infrastructure for a transit corridor.
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, 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 traffic study is currently underway analyzing existing transportation conditions and future conditions with the LRT-in-place. The study will provide recommendations for optimizing the corridor for LRT, traffic (including cyclists), and pedestrians.
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.
Light Rail Transit (LRT) provides reliable, quiet, energy efficient, and accessible public transit that meets the demand projections for the corridor.
The EELRT is based on the 2009 approved SMLRT (Scarborough-Malvern) Environmental Assessment concept. Full grade separation is not being contemplated for the EELRT because there is space in the road to accommodate the LRT. A surface-level LRT has substantially lower capital costs, as well as improved access for transit passengers with mobility devices such as strollers or wheelchairs.
Grade separations are being contemplated in a few areas: Kingston-Lawrence-Morningside intersections, and in the area around the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. Grade separations in these areas are being considered because it may not be possible to accommodate the larger 90m trains at the surface in these areas.
An economic evaluation will be undertaken to inform the recommended concepts. Recommendations are anticipated to be identified in mid-2018.
Further work in this area is required. Bus routes that currently operate within the corridor will be modified or rerouted to support LRT service.
A construction timeline and funding strategy will be reported to Council in 2018 or 2019. Funding commitment is required before proceeding to detailed design.
We anticipate updating Council in early-mid 2018 and reporting recommendations in early 2019.