Crosstown

Western Alignment and Vehicle Maintenance and Storage Facility (text summary)

Crosstown Alignment from Keele Street to Weston Road

Background

In 2010, a street-level LRT alignment on Eglinton Avenue West from Keele Street to Jane Street was approved through a Transit Project Assessment study.

A new study is now being undertaken to address concerns that were raised, specifically: traffic concerns at Black Creek Drive, pedestrian crossings at Weston Road, property impacts in the vicinity of Weston Road and a plan for a future Crosstown connection to GO Transit.

New solutions to be reviewed:

The design changes and potential improvements that will be studied include:

  • Off-street (elevated) route from a portal west of Keele Street to Black Creek;
  • Underground LRT from Black Creek to Weston Road;
  • Underground Weston Rd/Mt Dennis Station just east of Weston Road;
  • Protection for a future GO Transit connection; and,
  • Preliminary plans to retain the former Kodak Employees Building.

The timing and construction method for Weston Road to Jane Street is to be determined through further study.

The new study will assess the pros and cons of the design changes and identify measures to mitigate any impacts. The public is encouraged to review and comment on the study, including the future assessment of the proposed design changes.

Some potential key benefits of the new proposal include:

  • Improved access to the proposed Vehicle Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF);
  • A new underground LRT station near Weston Road;
  • Improved pedestrian connections at the newly proposed Station;
  • A new bus terminal for connection to proposed Weston Road/Mount Dennis Station;
  • Preservation of the former Kodak Employees Building for future re-development; and,
  • Protection for a future GO Transit to Crosstown LRT connection.

The image below shows the proposed 2012 plan.

Proposed 2012 alignment plan

Vehicle Maintenance & Storage Facility Preliminary Planning

The Vehicle Maintenance and Storage Facility must be on 17 hectares (42 acres) of flat property. The property must cause minimal displacement of existing commercial or industrial activities and should be ideally zoned for industrial, employment or transportation use. It should have close proximity to the future Eglinton line, ideally less than 1 kilometre away. The image below is a concept for the Vehicle Maintenance and Storage Facility.

Concept for the Vehicle Maintenance and Storage Facility

Bus Terminal

The Weston Rd/Mount Dennis LRT Station will be connected to a new 15-bay bus terminal. The image below displays a preliminary rendering of how the Station and Bus Terminal Site will be connected.

Preliminary rendering of how the Station and Bus Terminal Site will be connected

Future Station access

At the east end of the future Weston Road/Mt. Dennis Station at Eglinton, pedestrians can enter at sidewalk level and go up to a pedestrian tunnel that connects to the bus terminal and then access the LRT platform from the east end of the station. From the west end, pedestrians will access the station by an entrance building at Weston Road street level and then descend down one level to the LRT platform. Access between The Crosstown LRT and GO Transit Trains will be determined through future study.

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