Text Summary: Kennedy Station Design Update Meeting


Surface Light Rail Transit

Image of Surface Light Rail Transit

Metrolinx LRV

  • There are four doors per car (two single and two double)
  • Up to three cars per consist

Illustration of a LRV

Illustration of a LRV

Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs)

The new LRV vehicles will feature:

  • 100 per cent low floors, with level boarding at stops
  • Multiple-entries and Proof of Payment Fares for fast boarding
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio and visual passenger information
  • Vehicles are manufactured in Thunder Bay
  • High passenger capacity, one LRV = two and a half buses

LRT Operations

  • Dedicated transit line for reliable service
  • Predictable travel times
  • Traffic signal coordination
  • Smooth and comfortable
  • Wider stop spacing for fast service
  • Automated fare vending machines
  • Next vehicle arrival screens

Rendering of LRT surface stop

Multiple Door Entry

Design Excellence at Metrolinx

Design excellence at Metrolinx refers to the successful interplay between:

  • Functionality
  • Durability
  • Beauty
  • Value

Crosstown Principles of Design Excellence

  • A strong conceptual narrative vision across the system
  • Design that elevates the quality of the public transit experience
  • Civic caliber and scale of built form and materials
  • Clarity and simplicity of architectural expression through integrated design of building systems and elements
  • Responsiveness to contextual, local and future conditions


Crosstown Accessible Features: Stations

  • Accessible path from street to platform
  • Accessible routes identified
  • Station attendant
  • Platform edge tactile strip
  • Wayfinding tiles on platforms
  • Near level boarding of trains
  • Platform edge illumination
  • Audible messages throughout stations
  • Signage with accessible features
  • Designated Waiting Area
  • Colour contrast between station walls and floors
  • Equipment mounted at accessible heights
  • Benches

Crosstown Accessibility Features: Stops

  • Platform edge tactile strip
  • Platform edge illumination
  • Colour contrast at between walls and platform
  • Equipment mounted at accessible heights
  • Sheltered benches
  • Sheltered wheelchair area
  • Passenger assistance intercom
  • Ramp access to platforms
  • Signage with accessible features

Stations and Stops

Typical Centre Platform

Example – Bermondsey




Storage Track at Bermondsey

  • At key sections along the Crosstown route additional tracks are needed to ensure vehicle storage and the ability to turn back
  • Storage tracks are required in case of unplanned equipment failure
  • Required approximately every 4km
  • Exact location under review

Typical Parallel Side Platforms

Example - Victoria Park, Pharmacy, Birchmount and Ionview

Victoria Park












Typical Far Side Platform

Example - Lebovic and Warden








Day and Night Renderings

Kennedy Station

Local Context – Demand

Plan View-Phase 1

Aerial Perspective

Aerial Perspective Zoom

Profile View

Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP)

The public-private partnership model has been underway in Canada for 20 years and has been used in 165 projects, including the Canada Line rapid transit project (Vancouver), Autoroute 25 in Montreal and the Trans-Canada highway in Atlantic Canada. In Ontario, AFP has been used for the Pan AM games athletes’ village, Ottawa Light Rail Transit, Highway 407 East Phase 1 and the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway (formerly the Windsor-Essex Parkway).

Owner’s Role Changes with AFP

AFP Model

Advantages of AFP include:

  • Increased capacity to bring projects to market.
  • Transfer of risk: Appropriate risks are transferred to the private sector to ensure “on time, on budget” delivery and to offer value for money. Design, construction, cost escalation, schedule delays, operations, maintenance, life cycle, and financial risk are all transferred to the private sector.
  • Cost certainty: AFP provides the optimal cost combination, combining capital, maintenance and life cycle costs while integrating design and construction.

Metrolinx's Roles and Responsibilities include:


  • Overall scope (inclusion of maintenance, operations, etc.)
  • Project-specific output specifications (in collaboration with consultant team)
  • Real estate acquisition (in collaboration with the City of Toronto)


  • Oversee construction phase
  • Quality assurance


  • Manage project budget
  • With Infrastructure Ontario, run a competitive procurement process; select the winning contractor


  • Testing & commissioning (in collaboration with the Toronto Transit Commission)
  • Safety certification and project acceptance


  • TTC to Operate
  • Integration with existing TTC system