The bus routes on Eglinton East are among the TTC’s most heavily used and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to play a significant role in moving people more efficiently around Toronto. It emerged as the top candidate for accelerated installation of RapidTO 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 bus lanes serve seven of Scarborough’s eight Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. Providing the RapidTO 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 routes in the inner suburbs to improve speed and reliability of existing transit service.
The 8.5 kilometre Eglinton East bus lanes run along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue from Brimley Road, through to the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.
Convert high occupancy vehicle lanes and general purpose lanes with red paint, signage.
Improved speed and reliability of bus service for 47,000 customers.
Advances the Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Serves 7 of 8 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.
Average travel time savings of 2-5 minutes per trip.
Advances: Transform TO, Resilience Strategy, Corporate Strategic Plan, TTC Corporate Plan.
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.