An Environmental Project Report (EPR) is being prepared for the Eglinton East LRT as part of the Transit and Rail Project Assessment Process Regulation (Ontario Regulation 231/08), which is an environmental assessment process specific to public transit projects. The EPR includes detailed studies and evaluation of the potential project impacts as well as proposed measures to mitigate the impacts.

Ahead of the Transit and Rail Project Assessment Process period, the EELRT project team prepared an Environmental Project Report (EPR) to document the alignment of the project, stop locations, and preferred design, and to summarize potential impacts the project may have on the surrounding community and ways to mitigate or minimize those impacts. A draft copy of the EPR will be made available to the public from May 29 to June 30.

Key Impacts

  • Potential permanent rerouting of existing bus routes to accommodate with the LRT.
  • Increased travel times for people driving due to LRT implementation. Increases will be specific to each corridor, will need to incorporate mode shift, and will be confirmed during future phases of design.
  • Localized impacts such as road realignments or extensions, notably at Beath Street, which will be extended beyond its current terminus at Morningside Avenue west to Rodda Boulevard.
  • Potential for traffic to impact adjacent neighbourhoods in areas where certain intersections are more difficult to access due to the centre-running LRT.

Mitigation Measures

Transit

  • Divert local bus routes to intersect and feed LRT in locations where passengers can transfer conveniently.
  • Maintain local bus service along segments with wider LRT stop spacing.
  • Develop a complementary transit network to make taking transit easier.

Traffic

  • Coordinate traffic signals to minimize delays for drivers.
  • Provide adequate signage and advance notice regarding stop relocation and route rerouting.
  • Monitor live conditions and adjust service to maintain acceptable performance.
  • Monitor traffic volumes and adjust signal timings as necessary.

    Key Impacts

    • Permanent changes to drainage and stormwater conveyance and infrastructure; potential changes to water quality during construction; impact to, and potential relocation of wet and dry utilities.

    Mitigation Measures

    • Develop Stormwater management plans and apply best practices to comply with applicable policy and regulations; develop erosion and sediment control plans to mitigate impacts to the drainage system water quality and quantity; and develop detailed utility relocation plans.

      Key Impacts

      • Full and partial property acquisitions due to right-of-way increase to accommodate EELRT.
      • Most residential and business disruption impacts relate to the construction of the project and are temporary in nature. The impacts to homes, local businesses and recreational facilities can be primarily attributed to changes in vehicle and pedestrian movement patterns but may include reduced visibility of storefronts and signs, reduced on-street parking, less convenient access and disruption or closures to any off-street parking facilities, and patron inconvenience due to temporary construction debris, noise and dust.
      • Lands would benefit from improved access to higher order transit upon project implementation.

      Mitigation Measures

      • Further refinement in later stages of design to minimize impacts and regular, transparent, and respectful communication with property owners.
      • Impacts to local residents and businesses due to general construction activities will be addressed indirectly through a range of mitigation efforts including a construction management and staging plan, dust management plan, and a traffic and transit management plan to identify alternative vehicular routes, especially for servicing and loading during the time of construction to ensure seamless movement around the study area.
      • A wide range of flexible and responsive community support initiatives to be deployed, including engagement and advance notification, local procurement opportunities, construction mitigation and opportunities for local employment through the project implementation.

        Key Impacts

        • Minor displacement/disturbance of wildlife and fish habitats, primarily at MSF site, Highland Creek, and other watercourse crossings.

        Mitigation Measures

        • Wildlife sweeps prior to any construction and implementation of management and restoration plans to minimize any long-term impacts.

          Key Impacts

          • Potential impacts to four heritage resources, ranging in intensity from construction vibration to possible removal.

          Mitigation Measures

          • Additional studies during future phases of design to determine the heritage value and impact assessments of the resources.

            Key Impacts

            • No vibration impacts beyond acceptable levels, but the potential for excess noise along Military Trail, through UTSC, at the MSF, and along Neilson Road.

            Mitigation Measures

            • Use of track and rail treatments in these areas to minimize sound output and incorporation of noise barriers where those tactics are insufficient.

              Key Impacts

              • Overall decrease in vehicle-related emissions along the EELRT route, improving long-term air quality; potential temporary reduction of air quality during construction due to dust.

              Mitigation Measures

              • Implementation of a Dust Control Plan to minimize the amount of dust produced during construction.