CURRENT WORK

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.

Approved stop locations, Commerce Blvd., Martin Grove, Widdicombe Hill/Lloyd Manor, Kipling, Wincott/Bemersyde, Islington, Royal York, Mulham, Scarlett and Jane.

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.

 

This includes two images. First, a photo of the current conditions of the Eglinton Avenue West and Kipling Avenue intersection. The photo includes a view down Eglinton with townhouses on the left, the signalized intersection with three lanes of traffic on the left and two lanes of traffic on the right, separated by a median. There are sidewalks on both sides of Eglinton and a bus stop on the left-hand corner. Construction pylons are set up alongside the right side of the road. Second, is an artist`s concept digital drawing of what the Eglinton and Kipling intersection would look like with the LRT in place. The concept includes a view down Eglinton with townhouses on the left, the LRT stop and LRV in the centre of the roadway, signalized traffic on the right and tree-lined sidewalks with a few pedestrians on the far right. Two traffic lanes remain on each side of the LRT right-of-way.

With LRT - Kipling and Eglinton (Artist Concept)

This is an artist`s concept digital drawing of what the Eglinton and Kipling intersection would look like with the LRT in place. The concept includes a view down Eglinton with townhouses on the left, the LRT stop and LRV in the centre of the roadway, signalized traffic on the right and tree-lined sidewalks with a few pedestrians on the far right. Two traffic lanes remain on each side of the LRT right-of-way.

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.

Current Work

(Anticipated Report: Early 2018)

What Are We Studying?

We know this intersection can frustrate commuters. To help ease frustrations, work is underway to examine current traffic flow through and around the intersection, and to develop solutions to reduce existing and potential traffic issues. This study seeks to better serve both local and area residents by improving connections between the surrounding road network and the 401 and 427 ramps.

History of the Eglinton and Martin Grove Area

  • - Early 1970s – Plans completed for the Richview Expressway – an expressway along Eglinton with an interchange at Martin Grove – with construction of high speed flyover ramps to and from Eglinton at the Highway 401/ 427 interchange.
  • - Late 1970s – Construction of the Richview Expressway was not carried forward but the interchange and highway ramps remained, feeding traffic directly onto Eglinton Avenue.
  • - 2016 - The Martin Grove intersection was identified as one of the top 10 congestion hotspots in the City – implementation of several interventions (e.g., optimized signal timing) to try to address traffic issues.
This is an image of two maps titled Map A and Map B. They display images of the plans for the Richview Expressway from the year 1971. Map A shows the first design proposal and Map B shows the revised design proposal.
Metropolitan Toronto Transportation Plan Review: Review of the Richview Expressway, Report No. 45, February 1974

Current Issues

  • - Highway ramps feed onto Eglinton, resulting in high volumes of merging, weaving, turning and diverting traffic.
  • - Missing links in the road network force some highway traffic to use Martin Grove Road to reach Highway 401, and some Eglinton Avenue traffic to use Martin Grove Road to reach Highway 27.
  • - Martin Grove intersection sees two to three times more left-turns than an average intersection.
This map is showing the current issues within the Eglinton / Martin Grove / Highway 401 / Highway 427 / Highway 27 area during peak period traffic congestion. The complex road network is displayed with Martin Grove Road to the east and the Highway 401 / 427 / 27 network to the west, with Eglinton Avenue West running through the centre. Colour-coded arrows are shown on the map and in a legend. The red arrows symbolize missing links, the navy blue arrows symbolize merging, the orange and yellow arrows symbolizer weaving and the pink arrows symbolize heaving turning movements. A map insert is included on the top right-hand corner which provides a zoomed in version of Eglinton Avenue West, showing many cars waiting in traffic.

Next Steps

Identification of design alternatives to improve traffic. These could include:
  • - A simplified, more connected road network
  • - Intersection capacity improvements
  • - New ramps
  • - Transit links
  • - Traffic management techniques
(Anticipated Completion: Early 2018)

Purpose

To complete the concept refinement by identifying the recommended alignment for the LRT to connect with the Toronto Pearson Regional Transit Centre (RTC) and the surrounding employment lands. This map is showing the alignment for the airport segment feasibility study. The alignment begins at Renforth Station (Commerce Boulevard) in the south, and travels north to the Toronto Pearson International Airport’s future Regional Transit Centre. In between are stops at Convair and Silver Dart. The 401 crossing between Renforth Station (Commerce Boulevard) and the stop at Convair is marked in black and the alignment is shown in orange.

Key Outcomes

  • - Confirm EA alignment from Renforth Station (Commerce Blvd.) to Silver Dart;
  • - Develop & identify preferred alignment from Silver Dart to the RTC; and
  • - Examine feasibility of a multi-use path and bus-only lanes on Hwy. 401 crossing.
This image is a computer generated rendering showing the preliminary design concept for the Toronto Pearson International Airport’s future Regional Transit Centre. Toronto Pearson's planned Regional Transit Centre connections a number of planned and existing transit lines into one centralized location and can serve as a major hub for GTA West. These are the study partner logos. First is the Toronto Pearson International Airport logo and second is the City of Mississauga logo.
Once the LRT concept is refined, and to help ensure the Eglinton West LRT is built with consideration for current and future demands we will continue to work to optimize traffic flow along the corridor. Different measures are being evaluated to determine the benefits and impacts to the local community with a goal of optimizing traffic flow in the area and includes:

Traffic Infiltration Study

This work will help identify any impact the LRT has on traffic diversion or infiltration into the surrounding neighbourhoods. This image is showing an example of a typical Volume Difference Plot showing traffic diversion within the study area. The traffic volumes are displayed in green highlighted areas throughout various roadways within the study area.

Left-Turn Analysis

We are exploring options for left-turns that may address traffic concerns, including a review of Michigan Lefts (introduced during the 2010 EA). Community concerns about the Michigan Left have been heard, and we will continue to seek input as we progress the study and explore left-turn options.

What is a Michigan Left?

A Michigan Left is when instead of turning left at the intersection, a driver proceeds straight through the intersection, makes a U-turn and then makes a right turn at the signalized intersection to complete the planned turning movement. This diagram is showing what a Michigan Left looks like in comparison to a regular left-hand turn. Instead of turning left at the intersection, the arrow (which represents a driver in a vehicle) passes through the intersection, then makes a U-turn and turns right at the signalized intersection to complete the planned turning movement.

Corridor Traffic Optimization

The Eglinton corridor will be reviewed to ensure that signals and traffic configurations allow for the best conditions possible for both auto and LRT users. This is a digital drawing of an example visualization of traffic modelling for the Eglinton corridor optimization analysis. The drawing is showing many cars and trucks travelling north, south, east and west through a complex intersection.
The corridor planning study will build on EGLINTONconnects and refine the planning vision for the Eglinton West LRT corridor. This work will include a review of local land uses and market conditions, and will look at how best to develop well-connected and designed public spaces that align with community values. The Vision for Eglinton Avenue from the EGLINTONconnects planning study: Eglinton Avenue will become Toronto’s central east-west avenue – a green, beautiful linear space that supports residential living, employment, retail and public uses in a setting of community vibrancy. Its design will balance all forms of mobility and connect neighbourhoods and natural valley systems to the larger region.

This is an image of the EGLINTONconnects Executive Summary cover page. It includes the EGLINTONconnects and City of Toronto logos. It also includes nine decorative images of the study area including two street views, images of people walking on sidewalks, markets and storefronts and a snowy hill in the winter.

Study Outcomes

Many factors  (population growth, transit expansion, market conditions) will contribute to change on Eglinton West. Building on the EGLINTONconnects vision, the Eglinton West Planning Study will:
  • - Identify the corridor's assets, opportunities and challenges;
  • - Create a streetscape plan for Eglinton West that includes the new LRT, enhanced facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and continued accommodations for high volumes of vehicular traffic;
  • - Develop a framework to support placemaking and attractive public spaces; and
  • - Anticipate change and propose guidelines to shape it.

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