Hakimi Lebovic stop
|Location||Eglinton Ave East at Hakimi Ave and Lebovic Ave, Toronto, Ontario|
|Structure type||At grade|
Hakimi Lebovic is a surface light rail transit (LRT) stop to be constructed on Line 5 Eglinton, a new line that is part of the Toronto subway system. It will be located in the Golden Mile neighbourhood at the intersection of Eglinton Avenue and Lebovic and Hakimi avenues. It is one of three stops on the line which do not connect to any buses, and is scheduled to open in 2021.
Metrolinx is planning to locate the stop in the middle of Eglinton Avenue East at its intersection with Lebovic and Hakimi avenues. The stop will have far-side platforms with access to each platform from the adjacent north/south pedestrian crossing at the signalized intersection. This staggered configuration means the westbound platform will be located west of the intersection, and the eastbound platform will be situated east of the intersection. As of December 3, 2015[update], Metrolinx says these plans are still subject to change.
During the planning stages for Line 5 Eglinton, the stop was given the working name "Lebovic" after Lebovic Avenue, a street running south from Eglinton Avenue. However, on November 23, 2015, the TTC Board requested that Metrolinx change the name of the stop to "Hakimi", after the street running north from the same intersection. The TTC and local politicians felt that "Hakimi" was the better choice as that street leads to the prominent locations of Centennial College and Ashtonbee Reservoir Park. This led to much debate as there were still vocal supporters of the original Lebovic name. On January 15, 2016, as a compromise, the Metrolinx board of directors decided to make "Hakimi Lebovic" the name of the stop.
- "Line 5 Eglinton Station Names" (PDF). Board Presentation. Toronto Transit Commission. November 23, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
- "Lebovic Stop". Eglinton Crosstown. December 3, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
- "Eglinton West station to become 'Cedarvale' because of Crosstown LRT". November 24, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
But the board also voted to ask Metrolinx, which is building the provincially owned Crosstown, to reconsider its choice of Lebovic Ave. as a stop name. The street runs south of Eglinton at one Scarborough stop. The TTC thinks Hakimi Ave., the road that runs north off the same intersection, would be a better choice. It leads to Centennial College and Ashtonbee Park — two prominent destinations in that neighbourhood.
- Kalinowski, Tess (January 15, 2016). "Eglinton Crosstown station name sparks contentious Metrolinx debate". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
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