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.

Current 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.

The EELRT would travel through or is adjacent to seven Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, and intends to bring higher-order transit within walking distance to residents in eastern Scarborough. The EELRT would operate in its own dedicated guideway and provide connections to other higher-order transit services.

The Eglinton East LRT will be operated by the TTC as a seamless extension of the Line 5-Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Current Status

The Project has completed the initial planning phases.

As directed by City Council, work is currently underway to develop a plan in coordination with Metrolinx for the EELRT with a terminus at Malvern Town Centre; confirm location and construction timing of a Maintenance and Storage Facility; and commence the preliminary design and engineering phases of this project. No funding for capital construction has been committed.

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.

Current Project 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.