The Eglinton East LRT (EELRT) is a light rail system operating in the centre of the roadway separated from vehicle traffic by a dedicated guideway. Design priorities for the for the EELRT (future Line 7) are informed by the City Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines and the Complete Streets Guidelines which enhances multi-modal transportation options and improved public realm spaces.
Typical Design refers to the standard design for the EELRT and roadway, including station platforms, intersections, pedestrian areas and bikeway, landscaping and other amenities.
All elements of the EELRT’s design will comply with the Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines, approved by City Council in 2022, as well as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). This includes accessible station platforms; accessibility considerations on the LRT vehicles; and consideration for public realm improvements. More details about specific accessibility features will be available in later phases of the project’s design.
There are 27 proposed stops, 400 metres to 1 kilometre apart. Stop platforms will be 50 metres long targeting major intersections. The LRT will be powered by an overhead electrical system. Electrical substations will be located approximately every two kilometres along the line to transfer power from the grid to the LRT system.
Left turns for vehicular traffic will only be permitted at signalized intersections; protected left-turn phases and LRT signal priority will be provided at stoplights traffic lights. All other areas are restricted to right- turn in and right- turn out of traffic flow, including driveways.
The typical design for the EELRT is broken into two ‘zones’. Each zone features its own standard design that is generally applied to the zone’s full alignment.
Design Zone A is applied to the mixed-use context along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road, and Neilson Road north of Berner Trail. Zone A features higher density areas with an emphasis on creating a vibrant, social public realm through use of sidewalks, attractive landscaping, and public spaces.
Design Zone B is applied to primarily employment or neighbourhood context along Morningside Avenue, Sheppard Avenue, and Neilson Road south of Berner Trail. Zone B features many single-family homes, with commercial plazas and business parks putting the emphasis on reducing residential impacts.
The EELRT will be a separate service from existing transit infrastructure in the area, meaning passengers will transfer at Kennedy Station Line 2 and Line 5, and at the future Line 2 terminus at Sheppard-McCowan Station.
Advantages of a separate service include:
The EELRT team has identified 11 focus areas for the functional ten percent design phase of the project. These areas require special attention as part of the design process and public consultation because of:
The Focus Areas are:
Details for each of the focus areas, the challenges and opportunities, can be found in the Phase One Virtual Public Meeting presentation material in the Public Consultation section.
A priority for the EELRT (future Line 7) is to transform all modes of transportation by implementing high-quality and safe infrastructure for pedestrian and people cycling. The project will apply a Complete Streets approach to enhancing the public realm along the light rail line.
The key design principles for EELRT’s public realm improvements include:
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