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Eglinton (CN Leaside)


Many considerations factor into the assessment of new sites including:

Connectivity and Ridership Drivers

  • How many trips will start and end at this station?
  • Does the station connect to other transit lines and have the potential to improve service?
  • Does the station connect to key destinations?

Travel Time Savings

  • What are the time savings associated with the new station?

Market Potential

  • How well situated is the station in relationship to future market demand?

Development Potential

  • Can the station support future development and intensification?

Policy Alignment

  • Does the Station Area conform to Regional land use policy?

Construction Affordability

  • What is the cost to construct the station?

Ease of Construction

  • Can the required facilities be constructed in this location?

Eglinton (CN Leaside)

This station has been evaluated as follows:

  • High: Policy alignment.
  • Medium: Market potential, development potential, construction affordability, ease of construction.  
  • Low:  Travel time savings, connectivity and ridership. 

What are your thoughts on this analysis? Have we missed anything?

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EnviroTO's avatar

I'm curious why connectivity is rated so low for this potential station. The Eglinton @ Leslie GO station is closer to the Sunnybrook Park Crosstown stop than Danforth GO station is to Main Street subway station, and closer than Oriole GO is to the Leslie subway station.

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sappletown's avatar

Feb 29, 2016 - 18:10

This station is key to the Richmond Hill line for providing connectivity to the mid-town employment areas along Eglinton to the west and east of this location. A connection here between GO and the TTC Crosstown appears just as advantageous as the Mount Dennis, Caledonia and Kennedy stations on the Kitchener, Barrie and Stouffville GO lines.

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Doray's avatar
Mar 3, 2016 - 15:09

I'm usually not proponent to build more stations along the GO especially for Richmond Hill line which is not going to be electrified in the near future. However the connectivity for this station would also help relieve some pressures coming from Eglinton Crosstown to the Bloor station, and potentially a transportation hub/node for the future relief line intersecting with Eglinton Crosstown. Spend some money to design this station well, as well as re-align the Richmond Hill GO through the leaside spur.

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Steve Munro's avatar
Mar 3, 2016 - 17:58

The track at Leslie and Eglinton is on the CPR mainline, not on the Richmond Hill line (CN Bala sub) which crosses under Eglinton east of the DVP. The former CN Leaside spur connecting to the Bala sub from the CP was sold to the city and converted to a bike path over a decade ago. It is not available as a future GO corridor. Even Google Maps shows this correctly, and armchair consultants should know this.

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Doray's avatar
Mar 4, 2016 - 15:45

surprised to see Steve's comment here. I'm wondering why does metrolinx list this station then? they plan to dig a tunnel underneath?

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robmausser's avatar
Mar 28, 2016 - 16:30

Steve is wrong. It was leased to the city as a bike path. Metrolinx still owns it and its zoned as possible transit corridor as such.

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Franky's avatar
Mar 4, 2016 - 11:51

If the station is built close to the Leslie station of the crosstown then it's a winner. Passengers riding in from up north require easy access to the crosstown to get to their midtown destination. I doubt this line would have much usage to get from the crosstown to downtown as it is only a couple more minutes to the Yonge subway.

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Doray's avatar
Apr 8, 2016 - 14:44

I agree if the Richmond Hill Line does not run more frequently it won't be attractive as Yonge Subway is only more minutes away. Eglinton Crosstown won't be open till 2021 so we still have 5 years to figure out if we should run the Richmond Hill GO more frequently -doesn't really need to be electrified IMO. I would think the major hurdle is the challenge of re-alignment and Doncaster Diamond Grade Separation. I know getting on Yonge subway from Sheppard to Union isn't a pleasant experience, no seat, crowded, slow(too many stops till Union Station), and TTC often throws announcement out that there will be delays this and that. Richmond Hill GO could be an attractive alternative even if it remains as diesel service, if it offers faster and reliable express service, and a comfortable seat!

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