Online Consultation: Allen Road-Eglinton West Station – Text Summary

 

The Crosstown: A brief overview

The Eglinton-Crosstown is one of the largest transit expansion projects in North America today – and it’s happening right here in Toronto. The Province of Ontario through Metrolinx has invested $8.4 billion to fund transit projects in Toronto. 

The Eglinton-Crosstown will provide rapid transit across the Eglinton corridor, linking subway lines and replacing the Scarborough RT with a modern, reliable service. The Crosstown will move passengers 60% faster than bus service today.

Crosstown proposed station locations

The 25 kilometre line will include up to 26 stations. Nineteen kilometres will run underground from Black Creek Drive to Kennedy Station. The Crosstown will continue on a structure completely separated from traffic for 6 kilometres to Scarborough City Centre.

Construction has started with tunnel launch site preparation underway at Keelesdale Park (On Eglinton avenue, between Black Creek Drive and Keele Street). Tunnelling will begin in summer 2012 and head east.

*Exact alignment west of Keele Street and east of Laird Drive to be determined.

The Crosstown: Station design philosophy

Throughout the initial phase the Crosstown's station design team have spent time and care in planning. Guiding principles that have fed into the preliminary design for Allen Road-Eglinton West Station include (These principles will be maintained with all stations on the Crosstown):

  • Integrated station artworkIntegration with surrounding neighbourhood: respecting the scale, size, look and feel of buildings
  • Safe and enjoyable user experience: easy transfers, Designated Waiting Areas, integrated artwork and lots of lighting
  • Full accessibility for users with all levels of mobility including elevators, escalators, and low-floor access
  • Preserve space for future re-development
  • Enhance the local “sense of place”
  • Long-term sustainability 
  • Reduce Construction Footprint & Impacts through consolidated footprints
  • Reduce Costs

Allen Road-Eglinton West Station

Preliminary Design by: Halcrow Yolles, Hanscomb, PA, Golder Associates, Legion, Altus Group, Billings Jackson Designs

The main station entrance for the Allen Road – Eglinton West Station will remain unchanged. An east station entrance will be located at Allen Road North and Eglinton West, and a west station entrance will be located at Allen Road South and Eglinton West.

Design mock up of Allen Road – Eglinton West Station

The key benefits of the Eglinton West Station Design include: an improved look and feel from the street for the community; a new pedestrian underground walkway from east and west; entrances to safely cross underneath Allen Road; and preserved potential for a future station entrance in the Police Station Parking Lot when/if that land is developed.

Below are two preliminary representations of the entrances and station, subject to change throughout the next phases of the design process. The Crosstown is three levels below the existing subway entrance, and three levels below the future West and East entrances. Passengers will travel below ground to the concourse level where they will pay their fare and then down two more levels to board the train.

preliminary representation the Allen-Eglinton station

preliminary representation the Allen-Eglinton station

At this early design stage, construction staging is not yet developed. Individual construction plans for each station will be developed with local consultation, well before construction. As part of the tunelling process, tunnel extraction shaft construction at Allen West is tentatively expected to begin Summer 2012 (TBD), and launch shaft construction at Allen East is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2012 (TBD). Construction of Eglinton West station is currently scheduled to start Spring 2014 (TBD).