After months of debate, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has approved the names of three of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT stations.
Using information from public consultations and an online poll created by Metrolinx, the TTC board finalized the choices during their monthly board meeting on Nov. 23. The consensus from residents near the previously named Eglinton West station was that the stop should be named Cedarvale as opposed to Allen Road. It passed almost unanimously, with 42 of 43 city councillors approving the name. The other two TTC stops will remain Eglinton and Kennedy station respectively.
Metrolinx is in charge of the 22 new LRT stops on the Crosstown, which is set to be completed in 2021. The provincial transit organization strongly desires public approval of the station names and has created a set of guidelines for naming the various stops appropriately. According to these guidelines, the new names should reflect local landmarks, neighbourhoods, and well-known intersections. Duplicated names should be eliminated.
Here are some of the names that are being re-considered after public consultation:
This new transit line is part of an innovative initiative known as a public-private partnership or a P3. P3s have been gaining popularity in Canada, allowing private companies to build well-designed and advanced public structures, which will then be financed by the government once in operation.
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT project was recently granted a gold award by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) for the success of the P3 project thus far. The LRT is 2 billion dollars below the estimated budget and is running on time in its construction, which is unprecedented in TTC history.
Naming the Eglinton Crosstown LRT stations has been an arduous task for both the TTC and Metrolinx; but it’s also another example of how these organizations are collaborating with the public. It also reflects how modern online discourse has allowed people to contribute to important decisions that will affect their community. Combined with the success of this P3 project so far, construction of rapid transit in Toronto is moving in an innovative direction.
The final station names will be released after they are approved by Metrolinx at its board meeting on Dec. 3. To see a more detailed outline of the stations, read the report produced by the TTC Chief Executive Officer.
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