Eglinton East is among the TTC’s most heavily used corridors and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to play a significant role in moving people around the city. It emerged as the top candidate for the accelerated installation of priority bus lanes based on an assessment of several factors including improvement to transit reliability, available right-of-way and considerations for transportation equity and inclusion of Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.
The Eglinton East corridor serves seven of Scarborough’s eight Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. Providing the priority bus lane advances Action 7.2.1, of the City Council approved Poverty Reduction Strategy 2019-2022 Term Action Plan, to explore bus transit lanes on heavily used bus corridors in the inner suburbs to improve speed and reliability of existing transit service.
The 8.5-kilometre Eglinton East corridor runs along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue from Brimley Road, through to the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.
|Tactical Transit Improvements||Convert high occupancy vehicle lanes and general purpose lanes with red paint, signage|
|Increased Access and Reliability||Faster travel times allow longer distance travel|
|Real Improvements for Existing Customers||Improved reliability and speed for 56,000 customers|
|Advance Equity Initiatives||Advances: Poverty Reduction Strategy Serves 7 of 8 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas|
|Improved Transit Speed||Average travel time savings of 2-5 minutes per trip|
|Advance Approved Strategic Documents and Action Plans||Advances: Transform TO, Resilience Strategy, Corporate Strategic Plan, TTC Corporate Plan|
|Cost Savings||Annual savings of $2.5 million in operating cost and a one-time capital cost savings of $6.3 million as a result of decreased travel time and the need for fewer busses to provide the same level of service|