In July 2016, City Council approved an Eglinton West LRT with between 8 and 12 stops between Mount Dennis and Renforth Gateway, and up to five potential grade separations at Martin Grove Road, Kipling Avenue, Islington Avenue, Royal York Road and Eglinton Flats (EX16.1). City Council also directed City Planning and the TTC to work in partnership with Metrolinx, the City of Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority to further develop the options for extending the LRT to the Pearson International Airport.
Planning and design work is currently underway in order to update the Eglinton West LRT concept approved through an Environmental Assessment (EA) in 2010 and to refine the preliminary Class 4/5 cost estimates previously presented to City Council in July 2016. Metrolinx staff are leading this work on the project between Mount Dennis and Renforth Gateway in partnership with the City of Toronto and the TTC. City staff are also participating in a separate working group led by Metrolinx with representation from the City of Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to further refine options for extending the project from Renforth Gateway to the Pearson International Airport.
City staff continue to work closely with Metrolinx to advance this project. Metrolinx is in the process of retaining consultants to complete technical work in support of the assessment for the targeted grade separations, including traffic impacts. This will include refinements to the cost estimates presented to City Council in July 2016. Consultation with stakeholders and the public regarding the potential grade separations is expected to occur in 2017. The findings of the technical work will inform project details and refined costs for consideration by City Council and the Metrolinx Board in 2017. If required, the TPAP to amend the existing EA could commence in 2017.
City staff will continue to provide input to a Metrolinx-led effort to refine and finalize the plan for extending the project from Renforth Gateway to the Pearson International Airport. An update report to Council is expected in 2017.