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Virtual Open House: East Science Centre – Kennedy

Metrolinx and Crosslinx open houses are an opportunity to get project updates, to learn more about a specific topic of interest to you, and to ask general questions.

As we have shifted to virtual open houses, you can find below a project update presentation deck and video of this Autumn’s East Science Centre – Kennedy open house. 

You can download the presentation PDF below. You can also view the materials and questions from the previous Eastern Works virtual open house.

Note: We will work to ensure questions are answered within 3-5 business days.

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Question submission will close on Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020.

Questions not related to this presentation? You can submit them via the ‘Contact Us’ form.

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Anonymous's avatar

I understand that the surface section is going to achieve completion much earlier than the underground section. Currently, Metrolinx is only testing the vehicles between Mount Dennis and Caledonia, which is a relatively short stretch of line 5. I am wondering if Metrolinx will start testing on the surface section even before the stations (e.g. Eglinton, Cedarvale, Mt Pleasant, Chaplin, Forest Hill) in the central section reach significant completion. Once the traffic signals on the surface section have been re-configured and the overhead wire has been powered, perhaps Metrolinx can start testing vehicles on the surface section and store the vehicles at Kennedy or Science Centre?

Metrolinx's avatar

Train testing along the surface section is planned for some time in 2021. Timing will be publicly communicated at a later date once confirmed.

All trains will be stored at our Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility in the western portion of our alignment.

Metrolinx's avatar
Nov 18, 2020 - 11:06

The current design for the Eglinton Crosstown surface stops provides protection from above, behind and at the sides of the shelters to create balance between weather protection and visibility to patrons.

Metrolinx also has a responsibility to ensure that accessible platforms and shelter spaces are provided throughout the project. As a result, it is challenging to provide fully enclosed and accessible shelters without additional property takes and realignment of right-of-way infrastructure. With this approach, we are providing a better solution to have an easily navigable stop for all users, with fewer visual and physical barriers.

We believe we have made appropriate and balanced design decisions based on a combination of relevant performance requirements and site limitations with a priority for safe and inclusive designs.

Metrolinx's avatar
Nov 18, 2020 - 12:38

Once the current rehabilitations are complete, there are no further bridge rehabilitations related to this project in the works.

Anonymous's avatar

if science centre station will be complete at 2020, when will you install text at street level at entrance doors and at track level? you know every underground needs text

Metrolinx's avatar

Ongoing works include the installation of stairs, escalators, and elevators at all stations across the ECLRT corridor including Science Centre Station. All signage will be installed closer to the completion of the station as part of final works. The station will be AODA complaint prior to opening to the public.

David B's avatar

Will the Flexity Freedom vehicles on the Eglinton line have an accessibility ramp in Module #2(Second Car) and deployment button Like the Flexity Freedom vehicles in Downtown Toronto?

Metrolinx's avatar

Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) will be fully accessible, with level boarding and 4 dedicated mobility aid spaces on each vehicle. Ramps are not required on the vehicles for the stations and stops due to the level boarding.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 10, 2020 - 23:34

When will Metrolinx install text, stairs, elevators and escalators at platform level for kennedy station?

Metrolinx's avatar

Ongoing works include the installation of stairs, escalators, and elevators at all stations across the ECLRT corridor including Kennedy Station. All signage will be installed closer to the completion of the station as part of final works. The station will be AODA complaint prior to opening to the public.

Anonymous's avatar

I've noticed the intersection is crazy huge, and why though. It doesn't need to be that big, and the bike lanes aren't being protected on Eglinton. You guys are terribly designing roads that do not support Vision Zero initiatives, and support more cars getting through.

Metrolinx's avatar

The configuration presently on the road is not the final configuration. This is an interim construction stage and as such median construction areas are significantly wider than the ultimate configuration with no overall increase in the width of Eglinton Avenue.

Also, there are no changes to the number of lanes on Don Mills Road, therefore the roadway will remain very close to its preconstruction width.

The final design also includes bike lanes along Eglinton Avenue East, heading both east and west as part of the Eglinton Connects initiative. Our website features depictions of the plans for each station, including an overview of the traffic configuration. Click here for a rendering of Eglinton and Don Mills: http://thecrosstown.ca/the-project/stations-and-stops/don-mills-station.

darkcondor78's avatar

Will the east surface section of the Eglinton Crosstown be tested later next year as one user said? If you complete all the installation of the surface station stop platform shelter roofs (they should be one long shelter roof to provide protection from the rain and snow). Travel the trains along the surface in their guideway with activated traffic lights and store the trains at the Science Centre or Kennedy underground stations when they are fully complete?

Metrolinx's avatar

Train testing along the surface section is planned for some time in 2021. Timing will be publicly communicated at a later date once confirmed.

All trains will be stored at our Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility in the western portion of our alignment.

Anonymous's avatar

i have noticed that not all surface stops have their shelters installed. out of the 10, which surface stops are the ones that still don't have shelters

Metrolinx's avatar

To date 7 of the 10 stops have been completed. Sunnybrook Park is currently under construction and slated to be completed in December 2020. Sloane and Ionview are the remaining stops to be installed.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 11, 2020 - 20:28

I'm pretty sure you've mentioned that now there won't be any signal priority for the LRT's on the surface section. Why is that? The purpose of this is for a faster travel time, now it's going to be like a streetcar on the surface section.

Metrolinx's avatar
Nov 18, 2020 - 11:09

In regards to transit signal priority along the surface portion, there will be limited signal priority permitted by the City of Toronto. The limited priority for the Eglinton Crosstown is an ability to call for an extended greens/delayed reds for the through movements going east/west where trains are running behind schedule. 

However, in general, light rail vehicles will follow the road signals — stopping at reds, waiting for the advance turns to finish and then proceeding on green.

Josh's avatar

Additionally, will "stops" be considered real stations according to the TTC subway network (have passenger intercoms, fare vending machines, etc.), or will they be more like streetcar stops?

How will scheduling work if the stations are request-stop? Won't this cause bunching of trains?

Metrolinx's avatar

Line 5 will be operated by the TTC. The operational details will be confirmed by TTC accordingly. The stops are considered exactly the same as the underground stations, and all stops will be made, similar to the TTC subway. 

Metrolinx's avatar

The Kennedy GO Station entrance, as well the east and west platforms will all be accessible.