Waterfront West LRT is a proposed light rail line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as part of
the Transit City proposal announced
March 16, 2007, to be operated by the Toronto Transit
It is the shortest and least expensive
proposed Transit City LRT line, expected to cost approximately $540
million. The line is to open in four stages, with construction to
begin in 2009, and is expected to be complete by 2015, the third of
the seven Transit City lines to be complete after the Sheppard East
and Etobicoke-Finch West LRT lines.
The Waterfront West LRT line would run
for 11km, estimated to account for 21 million trips in 2021.
western terminus of the line would be built at the Long Branch GO
Station in Etobicoke.
The line would use an exclusive right of
way along Lake Shore Boulevard West, and follow the existing right
of way used by routes 501 and 508 through Humber loop, and along
the Queensway. A new right of way would parallel King Street West
east of Roncesvalles Avenue, and follow the rail corridor to the
existing Exhibition loop facility. It was initially designed to
operate via the existing Harbourfront streetcar right-of-way from
the exhibition loop facility to Union Station, however, now it is
has been recommended that it operate via a new right-of-way to be
constructed under the Gardiner express way, and along Bremner
boulevard to a new portal that will allow it to access the Union
Station streetcar tunnel. This was because of concerns over
operating too many streetcars through complex multi-phase
intersections at intersections like Fleet St., Lake Shore Blvd. W,
and Bathurst St., as well as service reliability and speed.
has predicted an average daily ridership of over 40,000 on the
segment that would serve the developing Liberty Village and CityPlace neighbourhoods, as opposed to approximately 2,200
per peak hour on the western segment of the line.
some concern over the necessity of a full right of way on Lake
Shore Blvd. West, as there is very little, if any, congestion due
to traffic, and that segment already has safety islands at most of
This segment is not actually part of Transit City. It may be
constructed at the same time the rest of the line is built or
Long Branch to Mississauga
Waterfront West LRT had long been conceived to continue west into
Region from the currently proposed terminus at the Long
Branch GO Station.
This extension takes the Waterfront West
LRT from Long Branch GO Station west to cross the Toronto/Peel
Region border and continue to an undisclosed location within Peel
has indicated that stops will be spaced on average 370 m apart form
Long Branch GO
Station to Park Lawn Road.
This list does not
include potential extensions of the Waterfront West LRT. The
distances between these stops varies, but they are likely
candidates, from west to east to Park Lawn Road:
On Lake Shore Boulevard West
Major streets and landmarks
Major streets and landmarks crossing the Waterfront West LRT (from
west to east from Park Lawn Road):
Along the Gardiner Expressway and the Lakeshore West GO train
Proposed Transit City LRT lines
- City Of Toronto. Toronto Transit Commission.WATERFRONT WEST LRT
CONNECTION TO UNION STATION: . Toronto: 2008. Print.