|Address||3 Carlton Street
|Opened||30 March 1954|
Ranked 11th of 69
College station opened in 1954 as part of the original stretch of the Yonge line from Union to Eglinton stations. The address originally given to the station was 448 Yonge Street, which is still used on TTC system maps, but the TTC official website uses 3 Carlton Street.
The station lies under Yonge Street south from College and Carlton streets. The entrances on the northeast and southeast corners of the intersection are stairwells directly from the sidewalk. At the southwest corner the entrance is through the former Eaton's store at College Park, with escalators connecting from the street and additional stairs to the station. These three entrances join to the concourse, below the street at the north end of the station, where the collector's booth, turnstiles and a Gateway Newstands are located. Below this, on the lowest level, are the two side platforms which can be reached by escalators and stairs. There are no elevators in this station, which it is not accessible for persons with physical disabilities.
Architecture and art
The station features Hockey Knights in Canada, a pair of murals that are named after Hockey Night in Canada; one depicting the Maple Leafs on the southbound side and the facing one the Montreal Canadiens on the northbound side, depicting the decades-old rivalry between the two clubs. They were created by Charles Pachter in 1984, when the Toronto Maple Leafs still played at nearby Maple Leaf Gardens.
Before proceeding with the design, the TTC sought to obtain permission from both clubs. The Canadiens agreed as did Maple Leaf general manager Gerry McNamara. However, when Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard learned of the plan to feature both teams, he refused permission to use the Leafs insignia unless plans for the Canadiens mural were scrapped. The TTC thus moved to remove the logos from the murals, until chairman Julian Porter, himself a lawyer knowledgeable on copyright issues, intervened and decided to take Ballard to court, believed that the artistic works could make free use of the logo even without Ballard's permission. TTC commissioner June Rowlands also intervened insisting that all the players wear helmets, to set an example of safety for the city's youth.
Subway infrastructure in the vicinity
In early 2011 the TTC began work to re-install a double crossover south of the station. The crossover will allow trains to turn back at the station, allowing for more flexibility during emergencies. The crossover had existed from the day the subway opened until the mid-1980s when it was removed due to financial, maintenance and safety concerns and because it was not regularly used. The original crossover was not powered or signaled, meaning that supervisory personnel had to be on scene to manually operate the switches, and ensure safe train passage. The new crossover will be fully integrated into the subway signalling system allowing for remote operation.
Nearby landmarks include the College Park mall, the College Park courts, the Residences of College Park, the Toronto Police Headquarters, and Maple Leaf Gardens. Some of the Ryerson University students also get off at this station, although majority of the campus is situated closer to the next station, Dundas.
A transfer is required to connect between the subway system and these surface routes:
- 97B Yonge northbound to York Mills Station
- 97B southbound to Queens Quay
- 306 Blue Night Carlton eastbound to Main Street Station
- 306 westbound to Dundas West Station
- 320 Blue Night Yonge northbound to Steeles Avenue
- 320A northbound to York Mills Station
- 320E northbound to Eglinton Station
- 320 southbound to Queens Quay
- "Subway ridership, 2012-2013". 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"
- "TTC College Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
- York, Geoffrey (July 25, 1984). "TTC challenge set on Ballard's edict". The Globe and Mail. p. P1.
- York, Geoffrey (March 21, 1984). "TTC plans murals to cover yellow subway tile". The Globe and Mail. p. M2.
- Gillis, Wendy (25 February 2011). "Why the Yonge subway is closing again". The Star.
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