The Crosstown is one of the many projects of Metrolinx’s The Big Move. The Big Move is a 25-year, $50 billion plan that will transform regional transportation across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region.
Online Consultation: Bathurst 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.
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 Bathurst Station include (These principles will be maintained with all stations on the Crosstown):
- Integration 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
Bathurst Station Preliminary Design
Preliminary Design by: Crosstown Consortium, IBI Group, LEA Consulting, SNC Lavalin
The map above illustrates the density of current foot traffic around Bathurst and Eglinton Avenue, density is one of the primary reasons for choosing this location for the station. Higher levels of foot-traffic come from the north-east, where several apartment buildings are located.
The main station entrance for Bathurst Station will be located on the north-east corner, replacing the donut shop that is currently located there. Property acquisition is something The Crosstown takes very seriously. Our aim has been to reduce the overall footprint of the stations to minimize the number of properties required.
The secondary station entrance and substation will be located on the north side of Eglinton Avenue.This consolidated layout reduces the overall footprint of construction and minimizes construction impacts. For instance, roadway construction will be reduced by 21.5 metres. These properties are required for the secondary station and substation because the shafts must connect directly to the end of the station box, which is located directly under these properties.
Below is a preliminary representation of the entrances and station, subject to change throughout the next phases of the design process. Passengers will travel below ground to the concourse level where they will pay their fare and then down one more level to board the train.
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, construction of walls for the future station box are scheduled to begin at Bathurst and Eglinton in 2013. Construction of Bathurst is currently scheduled to start in 2014.