Bessarion (TTC)

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TTC - Line 4 - Sheppard line.svg
Bessarion Station - TTC.jpg
Station statistics
Address 731 Sheppard Avenue East,
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates 43°46′09″N 79°22′35″W / 43.76917°N 79.37639°W / 43.76917; -79.37639Coordinates: 43°46′09″N 79°22′35″W / 43.76917°N 79.37639°W / 43.76917; -79.37639
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Structure type underground
Platforms centre
Other information
Opened 24 November 2002
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Presto card No
Passengers (2011–12[1]) 2,080
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
TTC - Line 4 - Sheppard line.svg Sheppard
toward Don Mills

Bessarion is a station on the Sheppard line of the subway/RT system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at 731 Sheppard Avenue East, at Bessarion Road and Burbank Drive, and was opened in 2002. The station is, as of 2008, the second least-used in the TTC's subway network (after Ellesmere) and has the shortest maximum ride of any station on the network, at 2.9 kilometres to the furthest Sheppard line station. As there are no commuter parking spaces at the station,[2] most riders embarking at the station arrive by the lone bus route that connects to it, are dropped off, or walk from nearby residences.

The station is on three levels, street level is where both entrances are located, as well as the bus stop to connect to the connecting bus routes. Below street level is the concourse and collector, the final level is for the subway platform.


There are two entrances to the station located in the surrounding area:

  • an accessible entrance on the south side of Sheppard Avenue, which leads to the concourse level through stairs, escalator, and elevator
  • an entrance on the north side of Sheppard Avenue, which leads to the concourse level by stairs


Bessarion opened in 2002, in the first phase of the Sheppard line. The station is one of the stations originally planned for the Sheppard line.[3] Due to budget overruns that came up on several occasions, there were many suggestions to remove it from the original plan. When the question was raised a last time in 1998, it was decided that the station should be built, because it was in a prime redevelopment area and the station was an important selling feature for these proposed housing units.[4]

When the site was excavated, the soil was found to be contaminated with various levels of hydrocarbons (likely from the former Canadian Tire service station on the site). This was removed and decontaminated during the construction of the subway station.[5]

As of the late 2000s, Concord Park Place, a 45-acre (18 ha), master-planned multi-tower condominium and townhouse complex, is under construction on the former Canadian Tire warehouse site that adjoins the station.[4]

Public art[edit]

The public art in the station, by Toronto artist Sylvie Belanger, is a frieze of hands, feet, and backs of heads, which represent the users of the station. The images of feet appear on the concourse level, while the heads appear on the platform level. The images of hands appear along the stairs between the Sheppard Avenue north side entrance/exit and the concourse.[6]

Surface connections[edit]

There are no off-street bus platforms at this station, and connecting service is available at the bus stops on Sheppard Avenue with a valid transfer.[7]



  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2011-2012". Toronto Transit Commission. "This table shows the typical number of customer-trips made on each subway on an average weekday and the typical number of customers travelling to and from each station platform on an average weekday. Five stations serve two subways, and so are listed twice, once for each subway" 
  2. ^ "Looking for Bessarion: TTC’s least-used subway station goes viral". Toronto Star. June 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  3. ^ City of Toronto (June 1998). "Sheppard Subways Status of Permits and Approvals". Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b City of Toronto (August 2007). "Sheppard East Subway Corridor Secondary Plan". Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  5. ^ City of Toronto (July 2000). "Sheppard Subway - Bessarion Station Initiation of Civil Lawsuit to Recover Contamination Costs". Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Sheppard Subway". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  7. ^ "Bessarion Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 

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