The multi-billion dollar Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project is a dedicated transit line stretching almost 12 miles (19 kilometers), providing a new east to west link across the most populated areas of Toronto, ON. Half the line is underground, serviced by 13 stations and the remaining track is above ground, serviced by 12 stations. NORR (via CTS) has been engaged for architectural services as one of four architectural consultants on the Design, Build, Finance, Maintain (DBFM) delivery. NORR’s scope includes the design of three fully accessible below grade stations: Caledonia Station; Mount Pleasant Station and Cedarvale Station.
Caledonia Station will provide access to existing subway lines and to Light Rail Vehicles via a platform level located at approximately 22 meters below grade. At street level, the station entrances are designed to provide interchange connection to buses via an integrated bus loop at one entrance of the station – and the potential for a three track two platform interchange to Toronto’s GO Transit, a regional service, at a later date.
At Mount Pleasant Station, there will be two entrances; one of the entrances will extend through the exterior of a nearly century-old landmark building where its facade will be reconstructed from hundreds of meticulously catalogued panels that were stored off-site during the below grade construction. The station will feature retail at street level and on-street connections to TTC buses.
Cedarvale Station is an underground interchange station that connects to existing subway lines. To accommodate for the expected high volume at this interchange, the design features two entrances, one on the east side and one on the west. Secure bike parking was an important commuter component at this station.
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