Phase 3 Display Boards
Overview and Timelines
What is the Eglinton East LRT?
The Eglinton East Light Rail Transit (LRT) is the easterly extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. The EELRT will have up to 22 stops, along 14.9 km and serve over 40,000 people who live within walking distance of the route today. The Eglinton East LRT will support sustainable, economically vibrant and complete communities along the LRT route.
The EELRT will also:
- Bring rapid transit to five neighbourhood improvement areas;
- Connect two post-secondary campuses – University of Toronto Scarborough and Centennial College Morningside Campus;
- Build on Scarborough’s strengths; and,
- Attract investment and opportunity.
Timeline and History
In July 2016 City Council directed staff to advance the EELRT to conceptual design (5% design) and complete an updated cost estimate. These findings are anticipated to be reported to City Council in Spring 2019.
What is LRT?
Overview of Focus Areas and Opportunities
Through the course of the study, 9 locations along the corridor were identified as having strategic importance. These 9 Focus Areas are places where an opportunity exists to target resources and deliver transformative change in support of the Social, Economic, Public Realm and Mobility Strategies.
Knob Hill Crossing: development of a higher density community node focused around an important transit hub.
Knob Hill Crossing should take advantage of the distinct crossroads condition to create a higher density community node focused around the intersections of Brimley, Eglinton and Danforth, with a new community gathering space and priority placed on small business support, provision of community services and local supporting retail.
Barbados Business Area
Strengthening an existing cluster of small businesses.
The initiatives identified here provide opportunities to support and grow area businesses in the Barbados Business Area by enhancing the profile of the area, creating greater amenity for employees, and introducing improved access via new and enhanced connections.
Supporting the development of a more coordinated and connected community and transit node.
The Eglinton-Kingston Triangle should be comprehensively planned and form a cohesive centre of activity. Existing community facilities should be examined to understand how they can better serve the wider community.
Through the development of the LRT there is an opportunity to create a better environment for transit users transferring at Markham Road and deliver a new community gathering space where Eglinton meets Kingston Road.
Guildwood GO Hub
Creating a centre of training and employment connected to transit.
Guildwood GO station is one of two GO stations along the corridor. There is an opportunity to create an important community service hub and point of connection within the community, one that: leverages public lands to deliver new skills training and connects people with jobs; connects transit to Scarborough’s park and ravine system; and connects the Galloway and Guildwood communities.
Kingston Road Place-Making
Transforming the centre at Kingston, Lawrence and Morningside into a pedestrian-friendly place.
The Kingston Lawrence Morningside portion of the LRT is the only portion of the corridor that will be below- grade (underground). This provides tremendous opportunity to leverage the space above to transform the street into a more pedestrian-friendly environment with improved streetscaping and connectivity between the two sides of the corridor.
Creating a new pedestrian and cycling connection to Morningside Park.
There is an opportunity to create a new pedestrian and cycling greenway connecting Morningside Park, West Hill Collegiate and the Kingston-Lawrence-Morningside neighbourhood centre.
Enhancing the relationship of the community to area destinations and celebrating the gateway to the Meadoway.
There are a number of opportunities to better integrate and overcome barriers for the Mornelle community, including: improved connectivity, delivery of new retail and services that serve both the academic and residential communities, and creation of an improved point of transfer at Ellesmere Road and Morningside Road.
Sheppard Employment Hub
Improving access to area jobs and strengthening the relationship of the employment area to Malvern.
Sheppard Employment Hub can be strengthened by improving its connectivity to transit services, enhancing amenity for area employees and developing a mutually beneficial relationship with the Malvern residential community.
Creating a new community gathering space and enhancing the relationship between community uses.
The introduction of the LRT to Malvern provides opportunities to create a new central gathering space and strengthen connectivity between the clusters of community and retail services at the heart of the Malvern Community
Eglinton East LRT Case Studies
Consistent with the project’s objectives of improving connectivity and encouraging the development of complete communities, an investment in LRT could support a wide range of community goals that address the social, economic, mobility and public realm needs. At the Public Meetings in February 2019, the City presented case studies giving examples of how this has been achieved in other cities and how it could be applied to the Eglinton East LRT.