Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we planning the Eglinton East LRT?

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 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.

What is the Eglinton East LRT?

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 Eglinton East LRT, Crosstown and Eglinton West LRTs together will form "Eglinton Line 5", connecting Toronto Pearson International Airport in the west to the north east of Scarborough via Eglinton Avenue. Eglinton East LRT will connect the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and Malvern to SmartTrack (at Kennedy Station), Line 1 and Line 2 subways, midtown Toronto, the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

What is an LRT?

LRT (Light Rail Transit) 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.>

What is 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, taking transit and cycling. Transit corridors are attractive places for investments and opportunities.

How will the LRT affect traffic along the corridor?

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".

Is this project funded?

The first step to update the cost estimate and submit a report to Council is Q1 2019. This work has been made possible through funding provided by the City of Toronto and the Government of Canada's contribution in the form of Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) contribution.  The Eglinton East LRT is a priority project that the City has submitted to the Federal government for Public Transit Infrastructure Funding (PTIF) to advance to Reference Concept Design and beyond. Under the PTIF - Phase 1, the Government of Canada is investing up to $2.4 million for planning and design work on the Eglinton East LRT. The City of Toronto is matching this funding contribution.

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How safe are transit stops in the middle of the roadway?

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.

Why a surface LRT and not an underground LRT?

LRTs provides reliable, quiet, energy efficient, and accessible public transit that meets the demand projections for the corridor.
Full grade separation is not being contemplated for the Eglinton East LRT 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.
A grade separation (i.e. LRT in a tunnel) is being planned in the area of Kingston-Lawrence and Morningside.

What will happen to the current buses along the route?

Bus routes that currently operate within the corridor will be modified or rerouted to support LRT service

When will Eglinton East LRT be built?

A construction timeline and funding strategy will be reported to Council in 2019. Funding commitment is required before proceeding to detailed design and then construction.

When will you report to Council?

We will be reporting recommendations to Council in the first quarter of 2019. This report will include updated design, updated cost estimate, and a business case.

Are the LRT vehicles accessible for strollers and wheelchairs?

Yes, all LRT vehicles will be accessible.