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Virtual Open House - Central East Works

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 temporarily shift to virtual open houses, find below a video version of this spring’s open house presentation. You can also download the presentation PDF by clicking the yellow button.

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Anonymous's avatar

The tunnel portal access has closed off most of the road for cars. It is terrible for cyclists and pedestrians. The construction in that area has been uniquely disruptive. When the open house about the Leslie closure at Eglinton was held. The man in charge said that after the closure, all lanes of Eglinton would be open. That didn't happen. The Don Mills intersection is also being narrowed for a much longer period than promised. The pandemic has made these less urgent but they should get done.

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Metrolinx
Apr 15, 2020 - 16:22

Two eastbound and westbound lanes on Eglinton Avenue East are expected to be available by Spring 2021. Please note schedule(s) may be subject to change.

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Metrolinx
Apr 15, 2020 - 16:23

Final landscaping and restoration plans are under development. Once finalized, they will be submitted for review and approval by Toronto Region and Conservation Authority (TRCA) and City of Toronto Ravine and Natural Feature Protection (RNFP).

Anonymous's avatar

How much longer will the "Storage" area just east of Brentcliffe on the south side of Eglinton be in use? Will that be the main storage point for materials and machines until the project is complete?

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Metrolinx
Apr 15, 2020 - 16:24

Things will remain as is until the next stage of construction which will result in a traffic change at the east portal (the tunnel east of Brentcliffe). The traffic change includes the shifting of one eastbound and one westbound lane to the south side of Eglinton Avenue East. This next stage is expected to take place in June 2020.

Anonymous's avatar
Apr 14, 2020 - 19:06

Are there plans to remove trees on the north side of Eglinton that backs on to the residences of Thursfield Cres?

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Metrolinx
Apr 15, 2020 - 16:25

There are 274 ravine trees required to be removed. The majority are stems under 20 cm (231); 36 are between 20 and 30 cm in diameter; and only seven trees are over 30 cm in diameter. 

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Metrolinx
Apr 15, 2020 - 16:26

We currently have 12 vehicles that have been delivered to our Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility.

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Metrolinx
Apr 15, 2020 - 16:27

The defect is related to an embedded conduit that had been placed incorrectly when the subway was originally built in the 1950s. Over many years, exposure to ground water led to corrosion, but it poses no safety risk to the subway line. 

Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS) has worked closely with Metrolinx and the TTC to develop a mitigation plan for this issue. To provide additional assurance that CTS’ proposed mitigation plan is effective, Metrolinx has engaged international engineering expertise to complete a thorough review. 

It is important to reinforce that there are no safety risks associated with the Line 1 subway. 

Anonymous's avatar

The 56 currently goes up to and down from Eglinton Av E as it runs between Donlands and Eglinton subway stations. Will this continue All the way to and from Eglinton subway station or turn around at the the Laird Station? I am assuming there will still be Eglinton buses running along street level to serve stops in between Crosstown stations though perhaps not as many?

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Metrolinx
Apr 15, 2020 - 16:26

The changes to bus routes as a result of the opening of Line 5 Eglinton will reduce the requirement for TTC bus service, because majority of bus services operating along Eglinton Avenue will be replaced by the new LRT service.

The TTC will make all decisions pertaining to changes in bus routing, frequency, and service. They will also be undertaking public consultations on bus route changes related to the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

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Anonymous
Apr 14, 2020 - 19:42

Is the Eglinton Crosstown getting Presto fare gates or Presto readers only?

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Metrolinx
Apr 17, 2020 - 09:44

It will be a combination—stations with subway entrances will get fare gates and outdoor stops will receive PRESTO off-board readers like those currently at GO stations.

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Anonymous
Apr 14, 2020 - 19:54

Will there be access from Glassworks drive to Eglinton, vehicle and pedestrian?

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Metrolinx
Apr 15, 2020 - 16:31

In late 2021, Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS) will be coordinating with the City of Toronto as policy changes are required. 

Anonymous's avatar
Apr 14, 2020 - 20:42

Will the components of the "Eglinton Connects" plan be implemented as part of the station construction?

I hope more details on street-level amenities and bike infrastructure will be provided soon.

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Metrolinx
Apr 15, 2020 - 16:29

The Eglinton Connects streetscape improvements will be undertaken in two phases. During construction of Eglinton Crosstown LRT, in the area between Avenue Road and Yonge Street, the streetscape will be accelerated and is expected to start in the spring. The restoration plan will be implemented by the Crosstown constructor.

For other areas (in between stations), the works will be undertaken by the City of Toronto. More info about status and plans are available here: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/infrastructure-projects/eglinton-connects/

Anonymous's avatar

In the original plans there was no mention of a plaza going in at the Laird Station.
What is the sq footage, how many levels, how many stores, parking spots, property mgmt, security?

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Metrolinx
Apr 22, 2020 - 11:33

The "plaza" you might be referencing is a private development and is therefore unrelated to the Eglinton Crosstown Project.

That aside, at Laird Station, the main entrance will feature a station plaza — as in a transitional public open space with benches and other street furniture, as well as some soft landscaping. The main entrance will also have retail spaces at street level. There are no additional details at this time.

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Apr 15, 2020 - 14:32

What kind of separated cycling infrastructure and secure bike parking will be available? Have proper linkages to existing trail networks (e.g. the trail north out of Kennedy Station that extends to meet the Hydro Corridor/Pan Am Path) been considered? When will we hear more?

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Metrolinx
Apr 16, 2020 - 16:44

There will be some secure bicycle infrastructure at stations such as Kennedy and Mount Dennis. 

On the at-grade there will be flush bicycle lanes with painted buffers. At the underground stations only (within the tunnelled section) there will be grade separated bike lanes. 

The City of Toronto will be responsible for completing the areas between the stations as part of their Eglinton Connects implementation. Where there are existing trail connections or the City of Toronto has advised (as part of the new city infrastructure to provide a connection) they will be done.

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There does not appear to be room to allow for 2 lanes of traffic plus a bike lane plus sidewalk in each direction where Eglinton crosses the West Don and again a little further east where Eglinton passes under the main CP Rail line. Please explain the plans to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians through these areas. Thanks.

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Metrolinx
Apr 16, 2020 - 16:50

In both these locations, multi-use paths are being installed to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists.

Anonymous's avatar

Evidence shows that road design can save lives, by forcing safe habits. Already drivers often don't check for pedestrians when turning right on red. Can you change the curb radius please?

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Metrolinx
Apr 16, 2020 - 16:51

All curb radii have been designed as per the requirements of the City of Toronto.

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Beverley Hills recently shut down an entire street for its construction of the subway line. Perhaps the entire Eglinton will be unpractical but at least key areas such as Eglinton and Yonge? Here is the proof: https://www.canyon-news.com/temporary-full-closure-of-wilshire-boulevard...

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Metrolinx
Apr 17, 2020 - 11:07

As we have done to date, we ensure Eglinton Avenue is kept moving during construction of the Crosstown LRT Project with a minimum of one lane for eastbound and westbound traffic.

However, in light of the recent circumstances, this has resulted in a significant reduction in the traffic volume. This has allowed our constructor, Crosslinx Transit Solutions to undertake some work (that would normally have had a significant traffic impact) with minimal disruption.

Furthermore, we are collectively working with the City of Toronto to identify potential opportunities where work may be accelerated.

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Why is Metrolinx so slow when other infrastructure projects around North America have already received the green light to shut down streets to expedite transit construction? According to the following article https://www.iheartradio.ca/newstalk-1010/news/toronto-examines-expeditin... Mayor Tory is meeting Wednesday to discuss options to expedite projects. Will Metrolinx or its representatives be at that meeting or have they directly/indirectly requested the city permission to expedite projects?

This article shows how cities around the world are building transit faster during covid-19 and perhaps Metrolinx can learn from it and finish the Eglinton Lrt quicker - https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2020/04/coronavirus-street-repair...

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Metrolinx
Apr 20, 2020 - 15:57

As we have done to date, we ensure Eglinton Avenue is kept moving during construction of the Crosstown LRT Project with a minimum of one lane for eastbound and westbound traffic. However, in light of the recent circumstances, this has resulted in a significant reduction in the traffic volume. This has allowed our constructor, Crosslinx Transit Solutions to undertake some work (that would normally have had a significant traffic impact) with minimal disruption.

Furthermore, we are collectively working with the City of Toronto to identify potential opportunities where work may be accelerated.

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Metrolinx
Apr 21, 2020 - 12:19

The following turn lanes will be in place to support traffic movements through the Leslie Street and Eglinton Avenue East intersection:

  • two (2) left turn lanes eastbound to northbound;
  • one (1) right turn lane westbound to northbound;
  • two (2) left turn lanes southbound to eastbound;
  • and one (1) right turn lane southbound to westbound
Anonymous's avatar

According to the following article https://www.iheartradio.ca/newstalk-1010/news/toronto-examines-expeditin... Mayor Tory is meeting Wednesday to discuss options to expedite projects. Will Metrolinx or its representatives be at that meeting or have they directly/indirectly requested the city permission to expedite projects? Can you advise when we will hear whether Mayor Tory has approved the lrt construction at wednesdays meeting?

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Metrolinx
Apr 23, 2020 - 12:14

Based on the link you shared, this meeting seemed to have been limited to City of Toronto infrastructure work. It would therefore have been unrelated to the Eglinton Crosstown Project and would not have required our participation on municipal matters.

Anonymous's avatar

1. What was the Constructor's Bid $Amount and it's Construction Schedule and
2. what is the current Budget and Construction Schedule?
3. What are the main reasons for the change in Budget and in Schedule?

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Metrolinx
Apr 23, 2020 - 14:25

The Eglinton Crosstown project is within the original construction budget of $5.3B plus contingency as was approved in 2010.

Metrolinx has consistently managed our constructor, Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS) to be within the project’s budget and will continue to do so. 

Anonymous's avatar
Apr 21, 2020 - 17:14

I was wondering if there are plans to have cellular service and Wifi installed in the underground stations and tunnels, and if so, would it be the same system used in the TTC subway system?

Thanks

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Metrolinx
Apr 22, 2020 - 11:34

There will be Wi-Fi and cellular services, however, the system is to be determined.

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According to the following article https://www.iheartradio.ca/newstalk-1010/news/toronto-examines-expeditin... Mayor Tory met Wednesday to discuss options to expedite projects. Can you advise what happened and whether any approvals are approved or on the way? Lets get some transparency from metrolinx please. Please just don't copy and paste a script just be honest what you have proposed and what the status is of the approval

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Metrolinx
Apr 23, 2020 - 12:11

Based on the link you shared, this meeting seemed to have been limited to City of Toronto infrastructure work. It would therefore have been unrelated to the Eglinton Crosstown Project and would not have required our participation on municipal matters.