Construction mitigation along Eglinton Avenue

The challenge

Eglinton Crosstown construction is affecting hundreds of businesses along the Eglinton Avenue corridor. In fall 2017 we worked together with Smart Commute Scarborough to launch a construction mitigation project to assist businesses with getting around.

How we helped

In 2018, we continued to offer support to affected businesses through the Smart Commute program by promoting a guide to help businesses create a Construction Adaptation Plan. The guide walks businesses through how to implement carpooling, teleworking or flexible work hours and how to promote active transportation. The guide builds off our initial outreach to businesses to introduce and promote the ‘4Rs’ (Reduce, Retime, Remode and Reroute) to employers and coordinate efforts with Crosslinx, Metrolinx, and City of Toronto Planning and Economic Development teams. 

Throughout the fall and winter of 2017, we delivered in-person and online workshops to businesses to highlight how Smart Commute can assist with common challenges associated with construction and provide a forum for employers to identify their key issues. The workshops enabled us to reach out to businesses and hear their concerns. The Metrolinx Community Relations team co-presented on construction information and planned outcomes to highlight the exciting future of Eglinton Avenue. 

As construction continues, we plan to maintain this work by providing further assistance to businesses through helping them develop Construction Travel Plans and supporting their employees.