Traffic Optimization

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.