LRT

Crosstown Updates

Metrolinx’s 19-kilometre light rail transit (LRT) construction project, the Crosstown, is well underway. Running along Eglinton Avenue, the Crosstown line will connect Mount Dennis in the west to Kennedy Road in the east and is expected to be up to 60 percent faster than the current bus service.

There will be 25 stops plus connections to three TTC subway stations and the Union-Pearson Express.

The stops that will be closest to Ward 25 include Eglinton, Mount Pleasant, Leaside, Laird and Sunnybrook Park.

The Crosstown’s Community Relations team is constantly updating their website to include the latest construction news. You can also sign up for specific updates related to the stations nearest you. For more information, please visit their website or call 416-482-7411.

Scarborough Transit

Photo:  Jeff Roulston

How to replace the aging Scarborough RT was front and centre throughout the summer.

A series of plans were discussed and debated, including an LRT stretching from Kennedy to Sheppard, an underground Bloor-Danforth subway extension to Sheppard and a subway extension to Scarborough Town Centre using the existing RT alignment. Last week, the federal government announced a new funding commitment.

The debate will no doubt continue at City Council in the fall. In my mind, any and all significant decisions about transit planning should be based on sound evidence, international best practices and solid, realistic financials. We also need to act and act quickly – there have been too many delays on the transit expansion file. That is the framework that I will be using when this issue returns to City Council.