Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit

Project Background

The Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project is a 19 kilometre, 25 stop rapid transit line between Kennedy in the east and Mount Dennis in the west. The Crosstown will run underground for more than 10 kilometres, from Keele Street to Laird Avenue, then will run at surface to Kennedy Station. LRTs provide fast, reliable and convenient service by carrying passengers in dedicated transit lanes separate from regular traffic.

The Eglinton Crosstown is a Metrolinx-led project. TTC will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, which will be integrated as part of Toronto’s transit system, as Line 5 Eglinton. The Crosstown project is expected to be completed in 2021.

The Crosstown is the largest public transit infrastructure project currently being delivered in Canada and will improve rapid transit connections on Eglinton Avenue.

Status

Since the end of 2016, work has been underway at all 15 underground stations. Work has progressed along Eglinton Avenue in sections, beginning in the east and moving westward.

For more information on the work taking place, visit Metrolinx’s Construction Updates page.

Proposed Extensions

Planning for future east and west extensions of the Crosstown is underway.

Eglinton East LRT

Project Background

The Eglinton East Light Rail Transit (EELRT) project is a proposed eastern extension of Line 5 (Eglinton Crosstown LRT), which is currently under construction and owned by Metrolinx. In April 2019, City Council approved an alignment for the EELRT that would extend the Eglinton Crosstown LRT by 15 km from Kennedy Station through the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) to Malvern with up to 21 stops and three connections to GO Transit.

The EELRT would provide transit to historically underserved communities in the City, travelling through or adjacent to seven Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, and would bring higher-order transit to within walking distance of an additional 49,000 people.

The EELRT would operate in its own dedicated guideway and improve transit reliability for residents in eastern Scarborough.

Status

In April 2019, City Council directed City staff to continue planning and design work for the EELRT project, and to report back with a plan, schedule, cost and funding requirements. More recently, updated transit expansion plans in Scarborough and Provincial design changes to the Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE) in particular have required City staff to update the design and cost estimates for the EELRT.

In December 2020, City staff provided an overview of the design changes and updated cost estimates for the EELRT. Further details about the project, including an updated business case with project costs, a recommended schedule and a phasing approach will be included in future reports to City Council.

Information and Reports

Eglinton West LRT

Project Background

The Eglinton Crosstown West Extension (ECWE) extends the Eglinton Crosstown LRT from the existing Mount Dennis Station to Renforth Station, spanning 9.2 km. It is mainly grade-separated with seven new stations, including two elevated stations at Jane and Scarlett, four underground stations at Royal York, Islington, Kipling and Martin Grove and a terminus at Renforth Station.

The project has been identified as the sole responsibility of Metrolinx. According to the 2019 Provincial Budget, this project is estimated to be completed by 2030-31.

Status

Project planning and design is being led by Metrolinx. Metrolinx published the ECWE Initial Business Case (IBC) in February 2020. An Environmental Project Report Addendum was published in June 2020, and granted ministerial approval in August 2020.

For more details regarding planning and design work underway, see Metrolinx’s Eglinton Crosstown West Extension project page.