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Anonymous
Dec 8, 2020 - 11:52

The line really should've been elevated the whole way. It's a waste of money to tunnel under Etobicoke. HOWEVER, I don't think at-grade would've been a better idea. Notice how the City refuses to add in signal priority on the surface section of Line 5. It's pretty much a streetcar line now. From an operational standpoint, underground would be better than at-grade because at least you have seamless grade-seperated service to the airport.

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Metrolinx
Dec 11, 2020 - 12:21

Thanks for your comment. We acknowledge that there have been many discussions on how to deliver rapid transit along Eglinton West over the years. The decision process considers a number of factors, including costs, integration with other transit, community impacts, deliverability and operations, and topography. The alignment that we’re moving forward with, mostly underground, provides an optimal trade-off between the ease of local access and the speed of travelling, and outperforms all other options examined in the business case in terms of offering the best network connectivity and travel experience for people living and travelling along the corridor. Please note that the extension to the airport is part of a separate business case that we're working through with the GTAA and our municipal partners. At this time, the funded portion of the ECWE includes the alignment between Mount Dennis and Renforth Drive. 

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Can the process be expedited by opening it a station at a time or is it really necessary to open all 7 stations at the same time? You could take years off the wait for some riders by opening the extension in stages as stations are completed.

Daniel's avatar
Dec 8, 2020 - 15:35

Hi!
I was wondering why the work on Stations, Rail, and Systems will start 3-4 years after the start of tunneling. Why can't Metrolinx/IO award the tunneling and stations contract at the same time and start construction for both at the same time? This would speed up the project by a lot!

Also, I was wondering if Metrolinx could save money by eliminating tunneling under the highway interchanges. Why can't there just be an elevated bridge? It makes no sense to tunnel under a highway and opting for an elevated bridge would reduce costs.

Finally, I was wondering about Metrolinx's commitment to good design. Could the stations please continue the (currently under-construction) Eglinton Crosstown's architectural identity? A lot of good work was done to design good stations with a common design language. Is Metrolinx committed to continuing this level of good design for the extension?

Thanks for answering my questions!

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Metrolinx
Dec 18, 2020 - 12:12

We recognize the need to deliver more transit quickly and safely. The ECWE was announced with three other priority subway projects in 2019, and since then a significant amount of planning and design work has advanced quickly. The project includes twin-bore tunnels, seven new stations, an elevated guideway and a new bridge over the Humber River. Delivering all that infrastructure through one work package would reduce the number of constructors capable of participating in the procurement due to the sheer size of the project. Also, the tunnel alignment was the first major component of the project to be designed – and it’s out to market now - therefore by splitting the project into two main work packages we can begin construction on the tunnel and station headwalls next year while we continue the necessary planning, engagement and design work for the stations and the rest of the project. Good question about the bridge vs. tunnel. We looked at both options and essentially since the project is underground already it’s actually less complicated to stay there and come back up on approach to the Renforth-Eglinton Station than it is to build a bridge over the active highway.

We agree regarding good station design. The ECWE is an extension of the Crosstown, which will create one continuous rapid transit line from Scarborough into Mississauga. Therefore, we'll work to ensure that the customer experience is similar across the board at all stations. Stay tuned for more information and if you haven't already, sign up to receive the e-newsletter. 

 

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 9, 2020 - 00:20

I am going start off and say that I'm all for transit to be underground as I believe that is the only true way for it to be considered the "quicker" way. I've reviewed the plans for both the Ontario Line and Scarborough Subway Extension which are mostly underground and agree with the designs. However, how is the majority of this extension not elevated?? That stretch of Eglinton Ave in Etobicoke has to be one the widest streets in the GTA. Why do the tax paying citizens have to wait 10 years - 10 years!! - for this to be complete when it could be done within 5-7 if the majority of the line was built above ground. I understand the traffic reasoning but did that stop you from building the Finch and Hurontario LRTs?? Look how quick the timelines are for those projects. Barring any setbacks - which to be honest should be minimal as construction is at street level - those two lines will be operational in 4-5 years. I live near the elevated section for the current Eglinton Crosstown LRT and its amazing to see how much progress has been made in 2 years. The underground portion has been the issue causing the delays. Can you not design a concept similar to Science Centre station where the trains would enter the station through one portal and then exit another on the opposite site, meanwhile keeping the remaining parts of the tracks above ground?? I know it is hard for Metrolinx to take comments on these forums seriously, but come on every single person has said this extension needs to be above ground and I think its about time you listen to the people paying for the project. I hope one day I wake up to the news Metrolinx has redesigned the concept and changed it to at grade because in my opinion, other citizen's opinions, and transportation experts, you are wasting over a $1 billion putting it underground. We know issues will arise when building the Ontario Line through the downtown core, so having the billion dollars will be useful.

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Metrolinx
Dec 21, 2020 - 15:12

Hi, we do take your comments seriously and appreciate the time you take to share them and raise your concerns. We have heard support for both above ground and underground alignments. We acknowledge it can take longer however the decision to build most of the alignment underground outperforms all other options examined in the business case in terms of offering the best network connectivity and travel experience for customers.  You raise a good point about construction impacts and delays - a significant construction delay on the ECLRT has to do with the complexity of building beneath the TTC subway. On the ECWE, although construction is complex, we won’t face that same challenge. To your point about the width of Eglinton Avenue West, we wrote a story recently about the Richview Expressway and how that plan will allow for the tunnels and stations to be built with fewer interruptions, utility relocations and fewer property impacts overall. If you haven’t seen it you can find it here. Although the tunnel alignment has been finalized and is in the procurement process now, we are in the preliminary stage of design for the stations, the elevated guideway and the connection to Mount Dennis Station and hope you’ll continue to provide your feedback for those at future engagements.  

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Anonymous
Dec 8, 2020 - 20:04

The entire line should be elevated (not at-grade nor underground) because seeing the light rail vehicles faster than your car encourages people to take the LRT.

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Metrolinx
Dec 11, 2020 - 14:06

Thanks for your comment, we appreciate that there have been many discussions on how to deliver rapid transit along Eglinton West over the years. As you may know, the decision process considers a number of factors, including costs, integration with other transit, community impacts, deliverability and operations, and topography. The underground alignment that's moving forward provides the optimal trade-off between the ease of local access and the speed of travelling, and outperforms all other options examined in the business case in terms of offering the best network connectivity and travel experience for people living and travelling along the corridor. 

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 9, 2020 - 15:38

I’m wondering when the consultations on station naming will commence? I hope that the stations will have names which reflect the neighbourhood which they serve, rather than a generic “Kipling-Eglinton” name for example. Names like “Richview” and “Princess Gardens” would be wonderful and help put these communities on the map!

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Metrolinx
Dec 11, 2020 - 14:02

Hello and thank you for your comments - we'll share your suggestions with the team. It's exciting to see so much interest in station naming which will certainly be part of a future engagement. As we've said before, a station should be part of the community that it serves with a unique name that's easy for everyone to identify with. Stay tuned and be sure to sign up for the e-newsletter to stay on top of engagement opportunities.

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 14, 2020 - 10:32

Parts of the TTC network, and the underground portion of the Ottawa LRT has cell service in the tunnelled sections. Will Metrolinx work with cellular carriers to bring cell service to the tunnelled portion of this project?

Layperson 's avatar
Dec 11, 2020 - 12:21

Getting involved with this format is great. Asking and getting answers is great. When I have asked questions, I find that when I search for the answers they are gone...can't find then. Any chance of getting the answers emailed to the individual as I am sure you get so many questions.?

Should be fairly easy for you folks to do. When I sign in you have all the info why not just email back the answer and avoid the anxiety that I experience when I can't find my question nor answer as they get I think purged within five business days.
Appreciate it if you could do that.
Keep up the feedback process. Its important. Good luck. Season Greetings. Be well

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Metrolinx
Dec 11, 2020 - 12:27

Hello, thanks for the heads up. If you're not seeing one of your previous questions/answers here please email me directly at [email protected]. Thank you - Kelly.   (p.s. I don't have easy access to your email address for privacy reasons). 

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 15, 2020 - 06:54

I've been disappointed by the Eglinton Crosstown stations and their single storey design - making little/no provision for integration for future commercial/residential development. I know station design will come later, but tunnel design will impact what can be built later "on top" of the stations.

Building on top of stations can provide new homes, retail and offices in the area - and ensuring that this could happen in future is important.
Furthermore, do you have future plans for Renforth - given the large area of space available? Will commuter parking be built on the site?

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Metrolinx
Dec 21, 2020 - 15:23

Thank you for your comment. We agree stations should be integrated into the communities they serve. You're right that station designs are still in the preliminary stage and will be the subject of a future engagement therefore at this time we don't have specifics to share. Please stay tuned and if you haven't already, sign up to receive e-mail updates.  

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 14, 2020 - 00:38

When will Metrolinx be purchasing more light rail vehicles to operate this line? I am aware that this project is an extension of Line 5, and the current Crosstown trains will run here, but surely more vehicles are needed to maintain and provide service to the new stations. Will they be the same model (Flexity Freedom) as the existing Crosstown? Or will they be the Alstom models used on the Finch West and Hurontario lines? Will modifications at the Mount Dennis MSF be needed? Thanks in advance.

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Metrolinx
Dec 14, 2020 - 09:40

Hello, you're correct, we will need more vehicles. The analysis for how many is underway through the planning for the second package of work called the stations, rail and systems contract. It's too early to know at this point but it will be part of a future engagement. Stay tuned, and sign up for email updates if you haven't already! Thank you.

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 15, 2020 - 07:07

I have a suggestion regarding the Elevated stations and the line? The recent Evergreen line in Vancouver has elevated stations that are really quite attractive, with lots of wood and glass. (https://www.via-architecture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Evergreen-Li...) The use of Canadian wood really adds a warmth to the station that softens its large, elevated bulk as a building.

Speaking to Translink in Vancouver regarding the elevated extension of Skytrain towards Surrey may help the team too - from both an engineering and design perspective, they might have some useful learning points for you!

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Metrolinx
Dec 18, 2020 - 12:45

Thank you. This transit line is a very good reference for elevated stations and well known to the team. If you haven't already, please sign up for email updates and stay tuned for future opportunities to review station concepts and provide your input!

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Metrolinx
Dec 11, 2020 - 11:51

Hello, good question. A cross passage is a passage way or portal built to connect the eastbound and westbound tunnels for maintenance and/or emergency purposes. It allows staff to walk between the tunnels to carry out their task. Cross passage construction is underground and it happens in designated spots along the alignment after the tunnel boring machines have passed through. For a visual, have a look here.  

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Metrolinx
Dec 18, 2020 - 12:30

Hello, we anticipate launching service in 2030/2031. The project is being delivered through two main work packages that have a timeline of approximately five years each. We're building the tunnels first, begining next year, and then the second work package will include the stations, the elevated guideway and bridge over the Humber River. For more information please see the project overview and procurement pages. 

Anonymous's avatar

Any traffic light on Eglinton and Ferrand Drive just across Super Store?

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Anonymous
Dec 15, 2020 - 14:32

Since this is underground, at least use the cut-and-cover method to speed up construction and save money.

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Metrolinx
Dec 21, 2020 - 15:15

Hello, thanks for your comment. Although the tunnel alignment and twin-bore method is in the procurement process now, we are still designing the stations (cut/cover), and the elevated guideway and hope you’ll continue to provide your feedback for these elements at future engagements.  

Anonymous's avatar

Is there a plan that shows exactly where the Kipling station is? It would be sad to see them remove the greenspace on the NW corner. Also any blueprints that shows exactly where they will be tunneling along Eglington between Kipling and Martingrove?

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 24, 2020 - 15:14

Will you be incorporating your stations into new residential or commercial developments on this section? Metrolinx has expended significant resources to investigate and promote TOD, however has almost entirely failed to deliver any within its own projects.
Even convenience retail, or a daycare facility incorporated at grade adjacent into a Transit station would be a great improvement. Residential mid-rise to highrise would be ideal.

Anonymous's avatar

As the costs mount for the all-underground option, will a reduced scope of the work be considered? To just tunnel at the main intersections/stations and allow for the rest of the section be at grade. Calgary successfully constructed such a hybrid system

Daniel's avatar
Dec 13, 2020 - 13:19

Hi! Could you please forward the following feedback to the project team for consideration? Thanks!

It would be great if Metrolinx made Streetscape Improvements a part of this project. Public realm improvements for Eglinton were planned as part of the at-grade LRT project, and I think they should be done regardless of the alignment (underground or overground). This would be a great opportunity to add multi-use trails, better sidewalks, more trees, and attractive lighting for the roadway and pedestrians. Improving the public realm would also encourage development, and a secondary plan could be created to provide a comprehensive vision for what this area will be like after the opening of the EW extension. Public realm improvements should continue the vision and goals of Eglinton Connects. Also, a good idea would be to create transit plazas around stations, which could also serve as gathering spots for the community (space for food, relaxing, hangouts).

It would also be great if the extension could continue the design of the Eglinton Crosstown stations, which were done with great care (station entrances, plazas) by creating a common design identity for the line. Continuing the design language for the extension would make the extension fit in with the currently under-construction segment, and would make the area more attractive. Also, it would be good if greater attention could be given to the design of the interiors (concourse, platforms). I've noticed that Metrolinx takes a very no-frills approach to this (including the Crosstown's interiors and the Finch West LRT station interiors) and it would be a great benefit to the city & community if their stations had a little more colour and thoughtfulness put into them. This doesn't mean we need grandiose expensive stations with huge ceilings like the Spadina-York Extension, but I'm just simply asking for better materials, artistry, and attention to detail. Good design doesn't have to be expensive!

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Metrolinx
Dec 18, 2020 - 12:23

Thank you for your comments - we will share them with the project team. We agree - good design is key to making a transit station part of the community. Since the ECWE is an extension of the ECLRT, we are certainly thinking about how to deliver a familar and great customer experience at all stations across the rapid transit line from the east end of Toronto into Mississauga. And we're working with our municipal partners all the way. Stay tuned. We'll be sharing more information about stations and seeking input on designs and opportunities at a future engagement.

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 15, 2020 - 07:00

Given the construction of station boxes/tunnel portals are close to residents, you should consider the use of "construction sheds" as recently used in Melbourne, Australia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTK-LKZqp20)

It's a temporary building built to enclose construction sites, designed to minimise noise, light and dust spill on the local community. This could also help during the winter months for construction workers!

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Metrolinx
Dec 18, 2020 - 12:42

Thank you - that's an interesting video and we've shared this with the project team. The constructors building the project will need to demonstrate their impact mitigation plan for all of those typical disturbances you mention and we look forward to sharing that plan once the constructor is on board. Nice touch with the winter construction consideration! 

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Anonymous
Jan 7, 2021 - 17:08

When is the airport business case coming out?

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 13, 2020 - 22:56

This is a very exciting project! As a long term resident of the area, I want to suggest some potential station names for the project. After doing extensive research on the Metrolinx naming process, and considering many local factors, here are my suggestions. Thank you for your consideration.

Eglinton Flats (Jane Street) - named for the park and vast green space surrounding the station.

Scarlett (Scarlett Road) - named for both the road, the Scarlett Heights neighbourhood, and the various community locales which bare the name “Scarlett” in the vicinity.

Buttonwood (Royal York Road) - named for neighbourhood, and nearby Buttonwood Park.

Richview (Islington Ave) - named for the neighbourhood, and Richview Collegiate Institute which will be directly adjacent to the station.

Princess Gardens (Kipling Ave) - named after the Princess Gardens, Princess Anne Manor, and Princess Margaret neighbourhoods surrounding the station.

Willowridge (Martin Grove Road)- named for the neighbourhood north of the station.

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Metrolinx
Dec 14, 2020 - 09:42

Thank you!  We agree station naming is exciting and will be a future community engagement exercise, so please stay tuned. In the meantime we will file your ideas and share them with the project team. 

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Anonymous
Dec 15, 2020 - 06:37

I understand the station design will occur at a later time, however decisions now will impact what can/will happen in future.
Is space being left for bus loops/high quality bus stops at stations? Is the potential of a future Jane LRT being future proofed in the design?

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Metrolinx
Dec 18, 2020 - 12:38

Thanks for the question. Transit connections were a key factor in choosing station locations for the project. They will all provide easy connections to surface transit and if you visit the neighbourhood/station pages you can see which routes connect at each new station. And yes, the future Jane Street service is being considered. We're working closely with the City of Toronto and the TTC on all station planning matters to ensure we're coordinated and factoring in existing and future transit service across the project.

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Hi,
1) I've reviewed the available materials on the Engage website including the Design Plates. How will the elevated rail and the transition to underground through the portal impact the existing driveway to Eglinton Ave W for 25 & 39 Richview Road? Furthermore, the planning applications for 1 Richview Road propose a new 29-storey apartment building in addition to the existing two apartment buildings and would connect the parking area for 1 Richview Rd to this existing driveway to Eglinton Ave W. The traffic impact study prepared for the 1 Richview Rd proposal depends on the driveway to Eglinton to distribute vehicular trips to/from 1 Richview Rd and reduce reliance on the Scarlett Rd/Richview Rd intersection which would operate at an unacceptable Level of Service without the Eglinton access. The same is true for all of the other many existing and planned high density residential properties on Richview Road. Section 6.1.3 of Metrolinx's TIS Memorandum suggests it may need to be closed. The TIS Memorandum does not identify consequences of the potential closure on traffic operations in the surrounding road network. This closure would redirect a significant amount of traffic to the Richview Rd/Scarlett and Scarlett/Eglinton intersections. Further analysis of the operation and LOS of the Richview Rd/Scarlett Rd intersection and Scarlett/Eglinton Ave intersection is required, including a traffic signal warrant for the Scarlett/Richview intersection. I do support the suggestion in Metrolinx's TIS Memorandum that replacement driveway access to Eglinton Ave be explored if the design of the portal and transitions require removal of the existing driveway alignment.
2) The underside of elevated transportation infrastructure can often be an unappealing environment if the design is not intentional about the treatment of the underside. How will the environment below the elevated portion of the rail line be treated from an aesthetic and safety perspective? The portion west of Scarlett Rd would be in a residential environment and would require particular attention. The portion east of Scarlett could incorporate new recreational facilities (similar to Underpass Park downtown) and new convenient pedestrian accesses between the Eglinton Ave sidewalk and Eglinton Flats.
Thank you.

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Metrolinx
Dec 14, 2020 - 09:34

These are all very good points and issues that are being considered as the design of the portal and guideway moves forward. As you know, potential impacts to the driveway are highlighted in the Environmental Project Report Addendum, and again in this engagement, including the potential for a scenario where the existing access may need to close. We’re aware of the planning application that you’re referencing and will continue to engage with the City of Toronto and other stakeholders on this issue and provide community updates as we know more. Please note though, there are no significant impacts to the driveway anticipated during the tunnelling contract, which is the first package of work beginning next year. The guideway is part of the second work package expected to begin later in 2025/26 and this is the piece of infrastructure expected to impact the driveway. To your second point, we agree that the guideway design is something that requires careful consideration and input from the community and it will be part of a future engagement. 

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Anonymous
Dec 12, 2020 - 15:26

I agree that switching completely from the current underground plan to on-street is too large a change that does not meet the project goals. Similarly, elevating the portion between Royal York to Martin Grove, where there are numerous residences, cannot be opened for debate.
So within these constraints, is there anything that can be done?

The most important thing remaining at this time is to combine the tunneling contract with the remaining Contract. Then, this project can be tendered as one - with one Contractor (or team) in charge of it all. Constraints would be given that the portion from Royal York to Martin Grove has to be underground, along with vehicle capacity minimums and other constraints as well. But then, open it up to the creativity of the Contractor to provide the best project for the best price. For instance, would building the Royal York to Martin Grove segment using cut-and-cover (as opposed to TBM) reduce cost? Would a slight increase in tunnel construction be far exceeded by the saving in station construction? Would it reduce construction duration? Would it reduce disruption at the critical interchanges (see central Eglinton as an example)? Would it be more convenient to riders when operational? Now west of Martin Grove, could bridging over Mimico Creek and 427 be less expensive than TBM? Would it be less disruptive to not have to build the emergency exits? Would it simplify the Renforth Station as well? Let the contractor have some input into what can actually create the best system for the money.

In these times of pandemic deficits, Metrolinx owes it to the taxpayer to prove that they obtained the best value for this project. If Metrolinx continues with the plan of separately tendering the tunnels with the remaining construction - all cost savings opportunities would be taken away from the Contractor and the taxpayer will forever be left wondering if we could have achieved the same goal for hundreds of millions of dollars less - and possibly even over $1B less. At this point in time, this may be the last opportunity for Metrolinx to demonstrate to the taxpayers that their tax dollars are respected.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 1, 2021 - 01:54

Why does the business case not consider an at grade alignment with 6 stops? It seems like this would provide a greater BCR yet was not studied at all.

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 9, 2020 - 11:57

At the onset the cost of building underground all the way might be daunting. However, the long-term benefits will be worth it.

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Metrolinx
Dec 11, 2020 - 12:03

Thanks for your comment. This alignment provides an optimal trade-off between the ease of local access and the speed of travelling, and outperforms all other options in offering the best network connectivity and travel experience for people living and travelling along the corridor.

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Metrolinx
Dec 11, 2020 - 11:13

Hi David, 

The two traffic lanes on Eglinton will be restored as we near the completion of the overall station construction. At present, lane closures are necessary to allow for the complete construction and  for a laydown area for materials, equipment and site trailers. Additionally, as part of the construction plan the same area will also require utility works and streetscaping prior to reopening. For reference, the scheduled completion for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is 2022.  Thank you!

Anonymous's avatar

Tunnelling is not only expensive, it complicates getting to and from the platform. The five year mess on Eglinton in the core is a disaster. The ground level route has been much easier to build and is attractive.

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Metrolinx
Dec 11, 2020 - 12:37

Thanks for your comment. We acknowledge that there have been many discussions on how to deliver rapid transit along Eglinton West over the years. As we've mentioned above, the decision process considers a number of factors, including costs, integration with other transit, community impacts, deliverability and operations, and topography. The underground alignment provides an optimal trade-off between the ease of local access and the speed of travelling, and outperforms all other options examined in the business case in terms of offering the best network connectivity and travel experience for people living and travelling along the corridor. With respect to your concerns about construction impacts, while the ECWE is certainly a complex project to build, the landscape is very different on the west end of Eglinton than it is for the ECLRT. We actually wrote a story about it this week that you can read here. The difference in the amount of space outside of the right-of-way along the ECWE project area will allow tunnels and stations to be built with far fewer traffic interruptions, utility relocations and private property impacts. 

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 5, 2021 - 21:03

I have a few questions about the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension:
- What is the difference between the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension and the Union Pearson Express in terms of ridership and length to get to Pearson Airport?
- What are the pros and cons of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension?
- Would the connection of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension to Pearson Airport would lead Pearson to have three, four, or five transit stations which are the MiWay, Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Union Pearson Express, GO Transit, and Brampton Transit?
- Why is the "Eglinton West" station was renamed "Cedarville"? Was it to reflect the location within the Cedarville River?
- Would construction of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension would lead to traffic problems, just like the traffic problems that occurred during the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT?
- Would I argue that the extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to Mississauga would historically and possibly be the second or third time that a transportation system in Toronto was connected to the outside of the Toronto area after the opening of the Toronto–York Spadina Subway Extension in December 2017.

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Anonymous
Dec 10, 2020 - 16:15

Hello, I have been avidly following the progress of the construction of the Eglinton LRT for a few years now, and I have one question I want to ask.

When it's time to give the new stations of the west extension their names, will you be following the same trend of finding unique names to give the stations that share their respective cross street names with other lines (since Jane, Royal York, Islington and Kipling were taken for Line 2 Bloor-Danforth, and Martin Grove was already taken for Line 6 Finch West)?

I also have some suggestions for names if you would like to consider them (of course I will leave it to other interested community members to share their thoughts on this, because my voice is not the final one on these matters). The names I would suggest are:
— Jane & Eglinton (Jane Street)
— Westmount (Royal York Road)
— Richmond Gardens (Islington Avenue)
— Widdicombe (Kipling Avenue)
— Willowridge (Martin Grove Road)

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to reading your next response!

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Metrolinx
Dec 11, 2020 - 13:56

Hi thank you for this! It's good to hear interest and excitment about station names and we'll share your suggestions with the team. The station naming will certainly be part of a future engagement and we agree - station should feel like they're part of the community they serve and be unique from other transit station names in order to avoid confusion. Stay tuned! Be sure to sign up for the e-newsletter.