The Eglinton East Light Rail Transit (EELRT), the future Line 7, is a proposed 18 kilometre LRT in Scarborough extending from Kennedy Station (on Line 2 and Line 5) to Malvern Town Centre via the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) with connection at the future station of the provincial Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE) at Sheppard Avenue and McCowan Road.
The EELRT would provide transit to historically underserved communities in the city, travel through or adjacent to seven Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, and Emerging Neighbourhoods, and bring higher-order transit within walking distance of an additional 49,000 people.
The project includes:
By providing a connection to other higher-order transit services, the EELRT would also improve transportation choice in a predominantly auto-oriented environment and transit reliability for residents in eastern Scarborough.
Updated transit expansion plans in Scarborough and provincial design changes to the Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE) have required City staff to update the design and cost estimates for the EELRT. In December 2020, City staff provided an overview to Council of the design changes and updated cost estimates for the EELRT.
Currently, the City is advancing 10 per cent Design and Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) work on the EELRT. The scope of work through the TPAP will include:
The City is planning for an at-grade terminal for the EELRT at Kennedy Station to provide a convenient connection to the Kennedy Station Hub.
Further information about this connection and public consultation will be available in early 2023.
The EELRT consultation program has included several steps to date focused on sharing technical project information and gathering community input to help guide project plans and inform decision-makers. The project team engaged with the public and stakeholders at various in-person meetings, through the project website and via e-mail. Copies of the Phase 3 Consultation and Communications report are available upon request.
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