Where will the priority bus lanes be located (corridor)?
The westerly limit will begin at Brimley Road and continue easterly along Eglinton to Kingston Road. The lanes will continue north east along Kingston Road to Morningside Avenue, then north on Morningside Avenue terminating at Ellesmere Road (near U of T Scarborough Campus). A future extension of the lanes from Brimley Road to Kennedy Station will occur once construction for the Scarborough Subway Extension is complete.
Will the existing bus routes still operate along this corridor?
Yes. Local routes will continue to operate, however, stop consolidation to mimic the proposed LRT will occur to speed up travel on the corridor.
Why are we implementing priority bus lanes?
Priority bus lanes move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity. This will lead to improved service for customers and makes transit in these areas more attractive which can lead to increased ridership and fewer cars on the road (less congestion and pollution).
Although ridership has dropped considerably during COVID-19, transit has proved vital for our society. This is particularly evident for the city's most vulnerable communities, serving essential workers in health care, emergency services, food services, and other sectors. Post COVID-19, a strong recovery plan will be needed to build back transit ridership.
Why was Eglinton East selected first of the five corridors?
The corridors were assessed based on the following criteria:
- Policy framework;
- Ease of implementation;
- Existing traffic conditions and network impact of a bus lane;
- Safety impacts; and
- Existing capital projects
Eglinton East was prioritized first because it is the easiest to implement with minimal impacts on other lanes of traffic. The corridor travels through seven of eight Neighbourhood Improvement Areas in Scarborough. There has already been extensive consultation and support for improving transit along this corridor.
Jane was prioritized second because it has one of the slowest operating speeds, it provides an important north-south connection between Line 1 Yonge-University and future Line 5 Eglinton and Line 6 Finch West. The corridor travels through many Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and there are no adverse impacts to on-street parking.
When will the service begin?
The priority bus lanes on Eglinton East will be implemented in late October/early November of 2020.
How will this initiative improve transit service?
The priority bus lanes will reduce transit travel times, improve reliability and increase capacity for a better customer experience.
Estimated travel time savings
It is estimated that there will be a 16.5% travel time savings on local services and 6.5% travel time savings on express services.
- Example: Kennedy Station to Eglinton and Markham (one way) - local service is anticipated to save between 2-3 minutes throughout the day.
- Example: Kennedy Station to University of Toronto Scarborough (one way) - express service is anticipated to save between 4-5 minutes throughout the day.
Is this a pilot project?
No. This is a permanent installation.
How will vehicular traffic be impacted along this route?
Average daily traffic counts along arterials in the area, along with the fact that for some of the length there is an HOV lane that would be converted to a bus lane, suggest that conversion of a lane to a dedicated bus lane would have minimal impact on traffic flow.
The City's regional travel demand model supports these findings. Preliminary analysis has indicated that there could be some increase to motor vehicle traffic delay on Morningside Avenue, and further analysis will be undertaken during the detailed design process.
Will this priority bus lane prevent the future LRT?
No, the priority bus lane would help build ridership for a future LRT alignment. This is an interim solution to getting faster, more reliable transit now.
How were stop locations determined?
A number of factors were considered including;
- A review of planned stops for the Eglinton East LRT
- A review of the boardings and alightings at all existing stops along the corridor
- A review of signalized intersections and crosswalks
- Connectivity to other agencies
- A review of stop spacing to ensure stops are not too far apart
There is no curbside parking along this corridor.
Will taxis be allowed to use the lane / how will this impact taxis?
Taxis, private and ride-sharing vehicles will not be allowed to travel in the priority bus lane. Taxis, like private and ride-sharing vehicles, will be able to get into designated sections of the curb lane to access driveways or turn right at intersections.
Can cyclists use the priority bus lane?
Will the bus lanes be in effect 24/7?