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Eglinton West LRT community meetings,
November 13, 15



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When Mayor John Tory was merely mayoral candidate Tory, a chief plank of his campaign platform was “SmartTrack” an above-ground rapid transit service mostly along GO Transit rail corridors through the city.

One component of the plan would have resulted in heavy-rail trains operating along Eglinton Avenue West from Mount Dennis — at the end of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line to the Airport Corporate Centre in Mississauga, and, possibly, Toronto Pearson International Airport.

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Well, now that Tory is mayor, the SmartTrack plan is still around. Just last month the City and Metrolinx hosted public meetings on the proposals. But it no longer includes Eglinton West as part of the scheme.

In early 2016, the City of Toronto’s Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat released a report that recommended to Toronto City Council that it support light rail transit along Eglinton Avenue West beyond Weston Road.

Council endorsed the report’s recommendations, effectively short-turning SmartTrack at Mount Dennis and re-affirming a proposal that was around long before anyone ever thought about SmartTrack — extending the Crosstown LRT further west along Eglinton. Ontario’s Minister of the Environment had already approved the plan for the extension in 2010 as part of an earlier environmental assessment process.

Toronto City Council had asked the chief planner to review various options for building this western leg of the proposed line. Her team hired HDR Inc. to analyze several variations for routes that would have resulted in a line on Eglinton Avenue. The group also looked at options that would have continued the line further north along the GO corridor, and then toward the airport before reaching the Mississauga airport business area.

The outcome? All heavy-rail proposals would negatively impact the local community. And, all would cost significantly more — but attract significantly fewer ridersthan light rail.

Since then, City, TTC and Metrolinx staff have been refining the original 2010 proposal. Metrolinx is also working with government and transit partners, including the City of Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority to determine the best route for the LRT between Commerce Boulevard and a future Pearson regional transit centre.

The planning team is reviewing stop locations and the feasibility, costs, benefits, impacts and strategic value of possible grade separations along the route.

Now the City is hosting two public meetings to present its plans so far and get your feedback.

They’ve scheduled the events:


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Map of the LRT route from the 2010 environmental assessment process.

In November, 2016, City staff outlined to Council the best locations for stops along the line. The City, TTC and Metrolinx reviewed the original eight to 12 stops between Mount Dennis and Renforth Station on the Mississauga Transitway at Commerce Boulevard. They evaluated each stop, considering how may passengers used the current TTC bus stops, current and projected population and employment, development potential and nearby destinations. Through this process they determined that they preferred just 10 stops to carry forward.

The original stops at Renforth Drive, Rangoon Road, The East Mall and Russell Road / Eden Valley Drive are no longer part of the plan.

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Staff are now only considering these stops.

In July, 2016, City Council directed staff to considering using grade separations — bridges to carry the light rail line over — or under — as many six busy intersections to avoid blocking north-south traffic: Martin Grove Road; Kipling Avenue; Islington Avenue; Royal York Road; Scarlett Road; and Jane Street.

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Monday, November 13

Martingrove Collegiate Institute,
50 Winterton Drive
6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Eastbound TTC buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route to Eglinton Avenue West east of Martin Grove Road. Walk southward along Martin Grove one block to Winterton Drive, then walk eastward to the school.
  • Westbound TTC buses operating along the 32 Eglinton West route to Eglinton Avenue West at Martin Grove Road. Cross at the signal to the southeast corner. Walk southward along Martin Grove one block to Winterton Drive, then walk eastward to the school.
  • Southbound buses operating along the 46 Martin Grove route to Martin Grove Road south of Nottinghill Gate. Cross at the signal to the northeast corner of Martin Grove and Winterton Drive, then walk eastward to the school.
  • Northbound buses operating along the 46 Martin Grove route to Martin Grove Road at Winterton Drive. Cross at the signal to the northeast corner, then walk eastward to the school.
  • Southbound buses operating along the 111 East Mall route to Martin Grove Road at Eglinton Avenue West. Cross at the signal to the southeast corner. Walk southward along Martin Grove one block to Winterton Drive, then walk eastward to the school.
  • Northbound buses operating along the 111 East Mall route to Martin Grove Road north of Eglinton Avenue West. Cross at the signal to the southeast corner. Walk southward along Martin Grove one block to Winterton Drive, then walk eastward to the school.

Wednesday, November 15

York Humber High School,
100 Emmett Avenue,
6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Eastbound buses operating along the 32D Eglinton West route to Emmett Avenue beside #85 Emmett. Cross Emmett Avenue to the school.
  • Eastbound buses operating along the 32A Eglinton West route to Eglinton Avenue West and Emmett Avenue. Cross Eglinton West at the signal, then walk north to the school.
  • Westbound buses operating along the 32A Eglinton West route to Eglinton Avenue West and Emmett Avenue. Cross Emmett at the signal, then walk north to the school.
  • Southbound buses operating along the 35 Jane route to Jane Street south of Goldwyn Avenue. Walk south to Emmett Avenue, then west to the school.
  • Northbound buses operating along the 35 Jane route to Jane Street and Cornell Avenue. Walk northward along Jane to Bala Avenue. Cross Jane at the signal, then westward along Emmett to the school.