The largest transit expansion in Toronto’s history is currently underway. When it begins service in 2020, the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line will bring faster and more convenient transit service to the people of Toronto, while also spurring important revitalization of neighbourhoods along its route.
Part of the Ontario government’s $8.4 billion investment in transit expansion in Toronto, the Crosstown is a 19-kilometre, 25-stop LRT line that will run across Eglinton Avenue between Weston Road (Mt. Dennis Station) in the west and Kennedy Station in the east, including a 10-kilometre underground portion between Keele Street and Laird Drive.
With an interchange stop at Eglinton Station, connecting passengers to the Yonge subway line, Yonge and Eglinton will become the Crosstown’s busiest stop as well as one of the city’s most important transit hubs.
The impending arrival of the Crosstown is without a doubt a primary motivation for the current resurgence of Yonge and Eglinton. The Ontario government’s $5.3 billion investment in the Crosstown has given rise to a range of exciting new projects in the area that would have never been developed without this major infrastructure investment.
Already we are seeing the shape of things to come – with a host of residential and commercial projects such as the expansion and revitalization of the Yonge-Eglinton Centre, as well as the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos, which are set to bring new shops, services, public spaces and people to the area.
It’s anticipated that the Crosstown LRT will result in 60% faster travel time compared to the existing bus service. Riders can expect to get from one end to the other in about 40 minutes.
Not only will the Crosstown move people across the city more quickly, it will also reduce traffic and congestion by providing a viable transit alternative. But it’s the Crosstown’s impact on revitalizing neighbourhoods such as Yonge and Eglinton – and the future home of Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos – that’s just as important as the transportation it provides.
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