Residents had another opportunity this week to share their vision for a redeveloped and transit-centred Eglinton Avenue.
Design the Future of Eglinton held its second of three workshops seeking feedback on ways of transforming the avenue when a future light rail transit line (LRT) is completed.
Co-sponsored by Metrolinx and the City of Toronto, the event at the Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford Dr., gave residents the chance to examine stop and infrastructure designs belonging to the eastern portion of the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT.
That part of the Crosstown will travel largely at street level between Don Mills Road and Kennedy Station.
Like the first workshop in York on Feb. 19, residents were asked to contemplate in separate workshops how the avenue could accommodate future transit-oriented development to complement the Crosstown.
Joan Davidson said she wanted to see less street parking at the intersection of Eglinton and Laird Drive through which the LRT will pass in a dedicated lane in the centre of street.
“There’s too much parking anyway,” said Davidson. “What about a bike lane?”
Ole Calderon suggested British style “subways”, as a way to provide underground access to the surface stop platforms without having to face traffic.
“You would avoid the issue of people darting across traffic when they’re getting on or off the vehicle,” said Calderon who grew up in Scarborough.
Spokesperson Jamie Robinson said Metrolinx, which is co-ordinating construction of the Crosstown, would look into the issue.
“We’ll look at various ways pedestrians can access the stops whether it’s through crosswalks or traffic lights to make it safer,” said Robinson.
He said the LRT will have a right-of-way against all traffic and will travel on separate traffic signals. Cars wanting to make left turns would be limited to major intersections only.
“The focus is on light rail transit,” said Robinson. “We don’t want to have it held up because of vehicular traffic.”
City spokesperson Stephen Schijns said the workshops were designed to show what was possible - and not - when it comes to redeveloping Eglinton.
“People are full of ideas,” said Schijns. “Amidst all the different constraints and trade-offs they’ve been very free and flexible with their notions.”
For more information on the Designing the Future of Eglinton workshop series visit www.toronto.ca/eglinton