Eglinton Crosstown LRT
The ECLRT is Toronto’s most significant transit expansion in decades, spanning the entire city across 19.5 kilometres of above and below ground track. When finished, the new line will connect five boroughs via multi-modal stations.
ClientMetrolinx / Infrastructure Ontario; Crosslinx Transit Solutions
A crucial midtown connection
IBI Group is the joint venture design lead on this P3 project, acting as part of the Crosslinx Transit Solutions consortium. IBI provided architectural, interior and urban design services, as well as multidisciplinary engineering design for many elements of the project and the management of several sub-consultants. Our visualization team provided photorealistic renderings, including still images and 360 panoramic views, as well as exterior and interior renderings that effectively illustrated the functional and design excellence requirements for the project.
In general, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT (ECLRT) follows the Eglinton Avenue alignment along a 19.5-kilometre corridor with 15 stations and 10 stops, including three interchange stations and a maintenance and storage facility. The system is also connected to TTC subway stations, bus terminals, regional GO Transit and UP Express stations. The project represents the largest transit expansion project in Canadian history, with a $5.3 billion investment from both the federal and provincial governments.
Passenger-first principles informed every aspect of the ECLRT’s design, with a focus on light and kinetic movement articulated through transparent glass boxes with slanted steel frames for the at grade entrances, as well as skylights, light portals and tapestry at concourse and platform levels. Underground, well-lit, spacious and clutter-free environments enhance passenger safety and comfort from street level to platform.
The new line will boost Toronto’s burgeoning cyclist network via ample bicycle storage facilities and the addition of dedicated bicycle lanes providing multi-modal connections between stations and stops, also designed by IBI for the City of Toronto.