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. 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.
In 2017, as part of the SmartTrack program, plans advanced fort the western portion of the approved LRT that included further refinement of the project concept and the identification of the preferred stop locations for the section between Mt. Dennis and Renforth Station (Commerce Boulevard).
In December 2017, Council approved ten stop locations for the Eglinton West LRT at Renforth Station (Commerce Boulevard), Martin Grove, Widdicombe Hill/Lloyd Manor, Kipling, Wincott/Bemersyde, Islington, Royal York, Mulham, Scarlett, and Jane. The stops between Renforth Station (Commerce Boulevard) and the airport have not yet been finalized.
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 in 2018 include:
- Martin Grove and Eglinton Study
- Traffic Optimization
- Planning and Streetscape Study
- Airport Segment Feasibility
We expect to share our findings and get feedback from the public in Fall 2018 to keep community members up to date on our progress before reporting to Council again in early 2019 and moving onto further design work. Your input to these on-going studies will help shape plans for our new Eglinton West LRT. Help build the future of your community by learning more about the Eglinton West LRT, subscribing to the Project mailing list to receive updates, taking part in all of our planned engagement activities, providing feedback on our Social Pinpoint page, and following our Facebook Page and Twitter Account.
Together, we can build the City and the transit network we want.