As part of SmartTrack, plans are being refined for the Eglinton West LRT that will run from Mount Dennis to Renforth Station (Commerce Boulevard). This light rail link would extend the Eglinton Crosstown (currently under construction), and is based on “Phase 2” of the Crosstown, first approved in 2010.
This previously approved project is being reviewed and optimized as part of SmartTrack to ensure that it best meets the needs of both the city and the local community. Work is also underway to identify the optimal route to connect the Eglinton West LRT to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority’s (GTAA’s) future Regional Transportation Centre and surrounding area (i.e., from Renforth Station north to Pearson International Airport).
In 2010, the City together with the TTC, completed an Environmental Assessment for an LRT on Eglinton from Kennedy Station in the east to Pearson International Airport in the west. Plans are now advancing for Phase 2 of the approved LRT that include consideration for refinements and preferred stop locations for the section between Mt. Dennis and Commerce. We are also reviewing the feasibility, costs, benefits, impacts and strategic value of potential grade separations along the route.
The 2010 EA approved western segment of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT (Phase 2) would run in a dedicated lane along the centre of Eglinton Avenue, on the surface of the roadway, and includes 2 lanes of auto traffic in both directions – the same as exist today. Details like the configuration of turning lanes have not yet been determined.
As we continue to refine plans for the LRT, we are also looking at ways to increase value to the community. Additional opportunities we are studying include the following work.