City Council approved ten (10) stop locations for the Eglinton West LRT to be carried forward, and if necessary, to update the previously approved EA through the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP), as identified in EX29.1 Attachment 2, and previously identified in EX19.1 in November of 2017. Stops being carried forward are located at Commerce Blvd., Martin Grove, Widdicombe Hill/Lloyd Manor, Kipling, Wincott/Bemersyde, Islington, Royal York, Mulham, Scarlett and Jane. Wherever possible, allowances will be made in the design of the Eglinton West LRT for the protection of future stop platforms at stop locations not identified should they be deemed warranted in the future.
In addition, staff were directed to continue planning the Eglinton West LRT concept for the Toronto Segment between Mount Dennis Station and Renforth Station (at Commerce Blvd.), and to form a working group of community stakeholders in consultation with local councillors, to investigate further grade separation and/or tunnelling options, as well as to further develop traffic modelling and an enhanced framework that places additional consideration on local community interest.
Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre to Pearson International Airport
Separate from the work to enhance the alignment from Mount Dennis to Renforth Station (Commerce Boulevard) at the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre (MACC), the alignment from the MACC to Pearson International Airport must also be finalized. The already identified alignment will be reviewed and the remaining portion of the alignment, the terminus and the interface with Pearson Airport will be identified through a Metrolinx-led process. City of Toronto staff have been closely involved in these early stages of planning, as have staff from the City of Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). The GTAA's close involvement in the planning work for the LRT is essential to ensure that the LRT will be consistent with their long-term vision for the airport being developed as part of their 'Pearson Connects' study.
City Council approved $71 million for SmartTrack (including the Eglinton West LRT) preliminary planning and design costs, with conditional approval of full project costs subject to a Stage Gate approval process once Class 3 cost estimates are available (EX19.1).
The City of Toronto, Metrolinx and TTC planning staff have been focused primarily on completing the analysis on the Eglinton West LRT between Mount Dennis and Commerce Blvd (Renforth Station). This work included the assessment of the potential stop locations along the corridor. In total, 11 stops were identified that would be carried forward for further analysis:
- Martin Grove
- Widdicombe Hill/Lloyd Manor
- Russell/Eden Valley
- Royal York
Further technical work was being undertaken to confirm the feasibility and estimate the costs and benefits of up to six grade separations to be considered for inclusion in the LRT project to mitigate impacts to traffic and improve transit operations. The evaluation of these grade separations will include screening for feasibility, comparing benefits and costs, and consideration of strategic values.
The six potential grade separations are:
- Martin Grove Road
- Kipling Avenue
- Islington Avenue
- Royal York Road
- Scarlett Road and
- Jane Street
Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre to Pearson International Airport
Separate from the work to enhance the alignment from Mount Dennis to Commerce Blvd. at the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre (MACC), the alignment from the MACC to Pearson International Airport must also be finalized. The already identified alignment will be reviewed and the remaining portion of the alignment, the terminus and the interface with Pearson Airport will be identified through a Metrolinx-led process. The City of Toronto staff closely involved in these early stages of planning, as have staff from the City of Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). The GTAA's close involvement in the planning work for the LRT is essential to ensure that the LRT will be consistent with their long-term vision for the airport being developed as part of their 'Pearson Connects' study.
City Council approved the SmartTrack/Eglinton West LRT. The City and TTC are working closely with Metrolinx on their comprehensive planning work related to the LRT. The initial business case analysis for the Eglinton West LRT concluded that an LRT with between 8 to 12 stops is preferred between Mount Dennis and Commerce Blvd. Targeted grade separations at up to five potential locations at Martin Grove Road, Kipling Avenue, Islington Avenue, Royal York Road and Eglinton Flats (Jane Street and Scarlett Road) (EX16.1) were identified for analysis that would include detailed traffic modelling to better understand the relationship between the LRT and other traffic.) City Council also directed City Planning and the TTC to work in partnership with Metrolinx, the City of Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority to further develop the options for extending the LRT to the Pearson International Airport.
The Eglinton West LRT was identified as an extension of the Metrolinx Eglinton Crosstown LRT project, and discussions with the Province of Ontario as the asset owner of the Crosstown were required with respect to issues of project delivery. The City worked with Metrolinx to determine opportunities and implications associated with expediting the project delivery schedule as a next step.
Key next steps for advancing the planning and technical analysis included:
- Undertaking a planning study for the Eglinton West Corridor from Mount Dennis to Etobicoke Creek
- Further reviewing traffic operations, stop locations, and grade separations and integrating design excellence and sustainability objectives.
- Continuing working with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority on the alignment connecting to Toronto Pearson International Airport.
- Coordinating planning with the City of Mississauga on the interface with the Mississauga BRT.
- Continuing to consult with the public in Toronto and Mississauga on the development of the Eglinton West LRT plans.
SmartTrack Western Corridor Feasibility Review
City Council directed staff to remove heavy rail options from consideration for the SmartTrack western corridor. City Council also directed staff to develop recommendations for the extension of the Eglinton West LRT from Mount Dennis to Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre (MACC) and to Pearson International Airport, including the number of stations and potential grade separations. In addition, City Council also directed staff to work with Metrolinx to assess opportunities for expediting the project delivery schedule for the extension of the Eglinton LRT west and to report to Executive Committee in June 2016. An initial business case was developed by the City, Metrolinx and TTC and was included as Attachment 3 to the March report.
Six options were studied with different numbers of stops, different technology, as well as different degrees of grade separations. An EA for the full Eglinton Crosstown LRT from Kennedy Station to Pearson Airport was approved in 2010, which included 14-stops Staff report for action on Toronto’s Transit Network Plan along Eglinton Avenue West, between Mt. Dennis Station and the Renforth Gateway. The approved EA option was the base case for analysis.
Crosstown EA Addendum
Metrolinx assumed management responsibility for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project and became the sole proponent. Subsequently, the project was divided into two phases at Weston Road (the site of the Mount Dennis Station) and proceeded with the phase from Mount Dennis Station to Kennedy Station (Phase 1), deferring the section from Weston Road to Pearson International Airport (Phase 2) due to funding limitations.
Eglinton Crosstown LRT Environmental Project Report was completed and submitted to the Ministry for approval. Notice to proceed was issued on May 17, 2010.
City Council approved the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project Assessment Study and authorized the submission of the Environmental Project Report (EPR) to the Ministry of the Environment.
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and City of Toronto undertook the Transit Project Assessment for the 33 kilometre long Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (Eglinton Crosstown LRT) corridor that would link the Pearson International Airport with the Kennedy Station. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT was planned to connect with the Spadina Subway Line, the Yonge Subway Line, the Scarborough RT and the planned Jane Street LRT, Don Mills Road LRT, Scarborough-Malvern LRT, and Mississauga BRT.
This study recommended that bus services along Eglinton Avenue be replaced by Light Rail Transit (LRT) with electrically powered light rail vehicles operating in a designated right-of-way located primarily in the centre of the street.
This change in transit service along Eglinton Avenue was recommended as part of the TTC Transit City Plan for a widely-spaced network of electric light-rail lines throughout the city, with seamless interconnections to existing and future transit services. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT was one of seven new lines being planned as part of Transit City to provide a new high quality transit service along several busy existing transit routes.
This project included the 17-stop Eglinton West section from Mount Dennis to the Airport area.
Eglinton Crosstown Rapid Transit Benefits Case
Toronto Transit City - Light Rail Plan
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT project was initiated as part of Toronto Transit City; a plan that identified priority light rail services for rapid transit expansion in the City of Toronto. The plan included a network of fast, reliable, electric light-rail transit lines to entice people out of their cars and onto environmentally-friendly public transport. The plan intended to increase the mobility of Toronto residents by recommending system-wide connections to existing and future rapid transit services that seamlessly coordinate with Greater Toronto regional transit-networks.