Online Consultation: Keele-Eglinton 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 Keele-Eglinton 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

Keele-Eglinton Station

Preliminary Design by: ARUP, NORR

The map below illustrates the density of current foot traffic around Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue within a 10 minute walk. Density is one of the primary considerations in choosing station locations. Higher levels of foot traffic in this area come in from the east.

Denisty of foot traffic map around Keele and Eglinton

The main station entrance for the Keele Station will be located on the north-east corner of Trethewey and Eglinton Avenue, replacing the EMS Station that is currently occupying that space. Property acquisition is something The Crosstown takes very seriously. Our aim has been to reduce the overall footprint of each station to minimize the number of properties required.

Keele main station entrance

Two secondary station entrances will be constructed.

One secondary station entrance will be located on the north-west corner of Trethewey and Eglinton Avenue West beside York Memorial Collegiate Institute.

Keele secondary station entrance

An additional secondary entrance will be located on the south-east corner of Trethewey and Eglinton Avenue.

Keele additional secondary entrance

The station support facilities will be located just north of the main station entrance.

Keele station support facilities location

A facility to ventilate the stations will be built on south side of Eglinton Avenue at Yarrow Road.

Vent shaft location on Yarrow Road

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 proceed down one more level to board their train.

preliminary representation the Keele-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, construction of walls for the future station box is tentatively scheduled to begin at Keele and Eglinton during the Winter of 2012-2013 with exact timing to be determined. Construction of Keele Station is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2014 (TBD).