Waterfront Toronto is working in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to extend the Queens Quay LRT to East Bayfront, which will support employment and population growth in the area.
Spanning from Union Station to the foot of Bay Street and along Queens Quay East to Cherry Street, the streetcar route will connect existing and new neighbourhoods and destinations on the water’s edge to the broader city and transit network.
The Waterfront East Light Rail Transit is part of the City of Toronto’s Waterfront Transit Network Expansion that will improve mobility in the rapidly growing communities along Lake Ontario from Long Branch to Leslie Barns.
TTC is leading the underground transit link between Union Station and Queens Quay that will surface at a new portal.
Waterfront Toronto is leading the surface portion of the transit infrastructure and the streetscape for Queens Quay East building on the successful design vision that transformed Queens Quay West. The design will enhance the public realm making for a better pedestrian, cycling, and commuter experience not only at transit hubs but along the length of the corridor.
In June 2022, an update on the project was provided to the City Council. The City Council directed the City Manager to determine potential ways to expedite the budgetary and design processes for the Waterfront East Light Rail Transit line.
A Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) to update the previous Environmental Assessments is underway. A public review period will commence after directions from the next report to Toronto’s City Council in 2023.
Public consultation is a vital part of the planning process. The plan and design teams have engaged with residents to discuss planning and design. In March 2019, the City of Toronto held a public meeting to gather feedback on the initial plans. In February and June of 2021, virtual community consultations introduced new design work. Access to the presentations and Engagement Summary Report is available on the City of Toronto's website.
For more detailed information and to participate in the upcoming public consultations, please visit the City of Toronto transit extension website.