Item - 2018.EX34.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on May 22, 2018 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on May 14, 2018 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on May 22, 2018.
  • See also AA14.1

EX34.1 - Eglinton East Light Rail Transit Project Update and Next Steps

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on May 22, 23 and 24, 2018, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include a tunnelled alignment through the Kingston-Lawrence-Morningside intersection with a single stop in the project scope and for further consideration through the project's updated cost estimate and Business Case Analysis.

 
2.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Toronto Transit Commission and Metrolinx, to include an at-grade alignment through the University of Toronto, Scarborough along Ellesmere Road and a realigned Military Trail consistent with the proposed University of Toronto, Scarborough Secondary Plan and as described in this report, in the Eglinton East Light Rail Transit project's Environmental Project Report Addendum.

 
3.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Toronto Transit Commission and Metrolinx, to include an extension to Malvern via Sheppard Avenue East and Neilson Road with up to six stops including a terminus stop in the vicinity of the Malvern Town Centre, in the project scope and land use study, and for further consideration through the project's updated cost estimate and Business Case Analysis.

 

4.  City Council request the Ministry of Transportation to include provisions for the Eglinton East Light Rail Transit trains in future rehabilitation work on the Morningside-401 overpass.

Background Information (Committee)

(May 7, 2018) Report from the Interim Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division on Eglinton East Light Rail Transit Project Update and Next Steps
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114767.pdf
Attachment 1 - Comparison of Benefits and Costs for Kingston-Lawrence-Morningside and University of Toronto Scarborough Grade Separations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114864.pdf
Attachment 2 - Options for Kingston Road, Lawrence Avenue East and Morningside Avenue
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114865.pdf
Attachment 3 - Update on Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (DS-BRT)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114866.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(May 10, 2018) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (EX.Supp.EX34.1.1)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX34.1.2)
(May 10, 2018) Letter from Meric S. Gertler, President, University of Toronto (EX.Supp.EX34.1.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-80288.pdf
(May 11, 2018) Submission from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX34.1.4)
(May 14, 2018) E-mail from Brenda Thompson, Scarborough Transit Action (EX.New.EX34.1.5)

Communications (City Council)

(May 18, 2018) E-mail from Carolyn Johnson (CC.Supp.EX34.1.6)
(May 22, 2018) Petition from Councillor Neethan Shan, Ward 42, Scarborough-Rouge River headed "Connect Malvern", containing the names of approximately 1,966 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)

Motions (City Council)

1a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Out of Order)

That:

 

1. City Council delete Executive Committee Recommendation 3 and replace it with:

 

City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Toronto Transit Commission and Metrolinx, to include an extension to Malvern as phase 2 of the Scarborough Light Rail Transit Line as described in the Toronto Transit Commission's Scarborough Rapid Transit Environmental Project Report, 2010.


Point of Order by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker

Councillor De Baeremaeker, rising on a Point of Order stated that he believed motion 1a by Councillor Matlow was out of order.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata (Upheld)
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled motion 1a by Councillor Matlow out of order as the Scarborough subway is not before Council as part of this Item.
Challenged by Councillor Josh Matlow


1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Out of Order)

That:

 

1. City Council request the City Manager and the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission to remove from consideration the 1-stop Scarborough Subway Extension and resume the Scarborough Light Rapid Transit Project as defined by the 2012 Master Agreement signed by Metrolinx, the Toronto Transit Commission, and the City.

 

2. City Council direct that the funds raised by the special general levy approved by City Council at its meeting on October 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2012, under Item CC39.5 be redirected to the Eglinton East Light Rapid Transit extension to the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus  and phase 2 of the Scarborough Light Rail Transit Line as described in the Toronto Transit Commission's Scarborough Rapid Transit Environmental Project Report, 2010.

 

3. City Council request the City Manager to negotiate the redirection of the federal government's $660 million contribution, previously announced for the Scarborough Subway Extension, to the Eglinton East Light Rapid Transit extension  to the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and phase 2 of the Scarborough Light Rail Transit Line as described in the Toronto Transit Commission's Scarborough Rapid Transit Environmental Project Report, 2010.


Point of Order by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker

Councillor De Baeremaeker, rising on a Point of Order stated that he believed motion 1b by Councillor Matlow was out of order.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata (Upheld)
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and advised Council that she would review the motion. Speaker Nunziata subsequently ruled motion 1b by Councillor Matlow out of order as the Scarborough subway is not being considered as part of the Item.
Challenged by Councillor Josh Matlow


Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) May-22-2018 6:02 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX34.1 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 35 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Jonathan Tsao
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Josh Matlow, Anthony Perruzza, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Vincent Crisanti, Jim Karygiannis, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong

Point of Order by Councillor Michael Thompson

Councillor Thompson rising on a Point of Order, stated that Councillor Matlow should address Mayor Tory by his title, not "John Tory".

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Councillor Matlow should address Mayor Tory by his title. Councillor Matlow subsequently apologized for not addressing the Mayor as "Mayor Tory".


Point of Privilege by Councillor Neethan Shan

Councillor Shan, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that Councillor Matlow should not "whitesplain" to residents of Malvern.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Privilege and thanked Councillor Shan for his comments.

Rulings (City Council)

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled that Councillor Layton should ask staff questions that pertain to the Item only.

EX34.1 - Eglinton East Light Rail Transit Project Update and Next Steps

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include a tunnelled alignment through the Kingston-Lawrence-Morningside intersection with a single stop in the project scope and for further consideration through the project's updated cost estimate and Business Case Analysis.

 
2.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Metrolinx, to include an at-grade alignment through the University of Toronto, Scarborough along Ellesmere Road and a realigned Military Trail consistent with the proposed University of Toronto, Scarborough Secondary Plan and as described in this report, in the Eglinton East Light Rail Transit (EELRT) project's Environmental Project Report Addendum.

 
3.  City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Metrolinx, to include an extension to Malvern via Sheppard Avenue East and Neilson Road with up to six stops including a terminus stop in the vicinity of the Malvern Town Centre, in the project scope and land use study, and for further consideration through the project's updated cost estimate and Business Case Analysis.

 

4.  City Council request the Ministry of Transportation to include provision for the Eglinton East Light Rail Transit (EELRT) trains in future rehabilitation work on the Morningside-401 overpass.

Origin

(May 7, 2018) Report from the Interim Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

This report has been prepared in consultation with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Metrolinx. It seeks direction on findings of technical work on the Eglinton East Light Rail Transit (EELRT) project concept:

 

- Inclusion of grade separation at the intersection of Kingston Road, Lawrence Avenue East and Morningside Avenue;


- Integration with University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC); and


- Extension of Eglinton East Light Rail Transit to Malvern.
 

This direction will enable City staff to proceed to the project's Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) Addendum, and focus the project's cost estimates and business case analysis (BCA) on phasing of the project. Staff anticipate reporting results of the project's business case analysis to City Council in first quarter of 2019.

 

Inclusion of a grade separation (Light Rail Transit in a tunnel) is recommended at the intersection of Kingston Road, Lawrence Avenue East and Morningside Avenue. Analysis of this potential grade separation at a constrained intersection shows that strategic factors based on the City's Rapid Transit Evaluation Framework (RTEF) and economic benefits of improved travel time outweigh the capital costs to the project. These economic benefits are largely due to removing the impact that Eglinton East Light Rail Transit trains turning through this busy intersection would have on the transportation network in an at-grade alignment scenario.

 

After careful consideration of three alternative alignments through the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), including two different grade separations, an at-grade alignment similar to the 2009 Environmental Assessment approved alignment is recommended. The stops included in this alignment best serve University of Toronto Scarborough and best align with the planned growth of the campus. A pedestrian underpass below Ellesmere Road and the Light Rail Transit track is included in the project concept to connect the south campus and north campus, and to remove pedestrians from the busy Ellesmere-Military Trail intersection.

 

This report further recommends the inclusion of an extension of the Light Rail Transit from University of Toronto Scarborough to Malvern, via Sheppard Avenue East and Neilson Road, in the project's scope. Inclusion of this extension in the planning, preliminary engineering and analysis of the full project concept will enable City Council to consider the entire project, and how it could be funded and phased, in the upcoming business case analysis.

 

This report also recommends that City Council request Ontario's Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to accommodate the Light Rail Transit crossing the 401 via Morningside Avenue in all upcoming rehabilitation work on that structure. City staff have consulted with Ministry of Transportation and determined that a scope change to planned rehabilitation work may be required to accommodate 90-metre long Eglinton East Light Rail Transit trains crossing the overpass.

 

This report also provides City Council with updates on related work, including

 

- the alignment through the Eglinton Avenue East and Kingston Road intersection; and


- the Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit line (DS-BRT) currently being planned by Metrolinx.

Background Information

(May 7, 2018) Report from the Interim Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division on Eglinton East Light Rail Transit Project Update and Next Steps
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114767.pdf
Attachment 1 - Comparison of Benefits and Costs for Kingston-Lawrence-Morningside and University of Toronto Scarborough Grade Separations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114864.pdf
Attachment 2 - Options for Kingston Road, Lawrence Avenue East and Morningside Avenue
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114865.pdf
Attachment 3 - Update on Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (DS-BRT)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-114866.pdf

Communications

(May 10, 2018) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (EX.Supp.EX34.1.1)
(May 11, 2018) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX34.1.2)
(May 10, 2018) Letter from Meric S. Gertler, President, University of Toronto (EX.Supp.EX34.1.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/comm/communicationfile-80288.pdf
(May 11, 2018) Submission from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX34.1.4)
(May 14, 2018) E-mail from Brenda Thompson, Scarborough Transit Action (EX.New.EX34.1.5)

Speakers

Sarah Climenhaga
Moya Beall
Cheryl Lewis-Thurab
Councillor Janet Davis
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) May-14-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 11 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Stephen Holyday, Mary-Margaret McMahon, James Pasternak, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Cesar Palacio, Jaye Robinson
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council