Don Mills (TTC)
|Location||1700 Sheppard Avenue East
|Connections|| TTC buses
York Region Transit
|Opened||24 November 2002|
Don Mills is a subway station, which is the eastern terminus of the Sheppard line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The station is located at the northeast corner of Sheppard Avenue East and Don Mills Road, within the residential communities of Don Valley Village and Henry Farm, adjacent to Fairview Mall shopping centre.
The TTC station opened in 2002, as part of the initial phase of the Sheppard subway line.
A plaque located at the platform level commemorates John Marinzel, a worker who died on 18 April 2001, of injuries sustained in accident during the construction of the station.
Like all stations on the Sheppard line, Don Mills is fully accessible. The station is equipped with three elevators connecting the concourse level with the bus platforms and two street entrances, and a single elevator between the island train platform and the concourse. Stairs and escalators provide regular pedestrian access between all levels.
There are three accessible entrances around the Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue intersection. Two of the entrances are on the northeast and southeast sides of Sheppard Avenue, respectively, and one automatic entrance in the parking garage at Fairview Mall near the Sears entrance.
The station is conveniently close to an exit from Highway 404 on to Sheppard Avenue.
Above the bus terminal, on the street level, is a multi-storey public parking lot, providing 366 parking spaces for commuters. Parking costs $5 from 5:00am to 9:30am and is free after 9:30am and all day on weekends and holidays. TTC commuter spaces are restricted to levels 4 and 5 as the lower floors are for mall patrons only.
Outside the parking lot, next to a manned pedestrian entrance to the station, is a passenger pick-up area. It is not as elaborate as the “Kiss-n-Ride” passenger pick-up/drop-off area in Finch Station, but it still provides 18 temporary parking spaces (about the same as the Finch “Kiss-n-Ride”) for passenger pick-up and drop-off purposes.
Architecture and art
There are two pieces of public art in the station.
The piece before / after: 1997 / 2002 spans the concourse and platform levels in the station. Created by Toronto artist Stephen Cruise, it consists of tile work on walls and inlays on floors:
- On the concourse level, the tilework on walls represents the geologic strata through which the line travels, plus graphical depictions of local flora and fauna.
- On the concourse and platform levels, bronze inlays in the floor depict fossils of fish, turtles, and leaves found on the site; the Sheppard line is also depicted in an abstract form on the floor.
Outside the station (on the north side of Don Mills Road, south of the bus entrance) is a tribute to Northern Dancer, a famous racehorse foaled at E. P. Taylor's Windfields Farm, which was then located on “nearby” Bayview Avenue.
In addition to being a subway station, Don Mills station also serves as a bus terminal for both the Toronto Transit Commission and York Region Transit. Like most large TTC subway station bus terminals, it is inside a fare-paid area, so bus passengers will need to enter Don Mills station to board most buses.
Toronto Transit Commission routes
- 10 Van Horne to Victoria Park Avenue
- 24B Victoria Park to Victoria Park Station via Consumers Road
- 25 Don Mills northbound to Steeles Avenue and southbound to Pape Station
- 85 Sheppard East westbound to Sheppard-Yonge Station and eastbound to Meadowvale Road
- 139E Finch-Don Mills to Neilson Road and Finch Avenue
- 167A Pharmacy North to Steeles Avenue via Consumers Road
- 167B to Steeles Avenue
- 169A Huntingwood to Scarborough Centre Station via Van Horne Avenue
- 169B to Scarborough Centre Station
- 224D to Major Mackenzie Drive and Hazelton Avenue
York Region Transit routes
- 90 Leslie to Richmond Green Secondary School
- 90B to 16th Avenue via East Beaver Creek
- Viva Green bus rapid transit to Highway 7 at McCowan Road
The bus terminal is underground, one level above the concourse level; it consists of a large outdoor waiting area serving as its bus platforms, with a relatively modest indoor waiting area. Because some of the bus platforms are far away from the indoor waiting area, it is practical to wait outdoors for some routes due to the way TTC bus terminals work; unfortunately, because it is underground, the air quality on the bus platforms can be poor during busy hours. Stairs connect the indoor waiting area to a usually-unmanned pedestrian entrance/exit on the ground level just outside Fairview Mall.
This terminal is the southern terminus of the Viva Green bus rapid transit line. Two Viva ticket vending machines are located in the indoor waiting area and one machine is located outdoors, on the bus platform. During the first two weeks of Viva’s stage 2 launch, the indoor machines were staffed by one to two Viva personnel in the morning.
The Viva buses stop three times at Don Mills. First, they stop in front of the station entrance on Sheppard Avenue to offload all of their passengers, then, they enter the bus terminal to pick up passengers. This is to ensure that Viva riders do not access the TTC without paying a TTC fare, as the bus terminal is inside the station's fare paid zone. After this, they stop a third time, on northbound Don Mills Road, to pick up passengers who did not transfer from the subway or a TTC bus.
Transit City LRT plan
As part of the Transit City plan, the TTC had proposed the construction of the Sheppard LRT (light rail transit) line to connect Don Mills station to Sheppard East station on the proposed extension of the Scarborough RT line. This replaces previous plans to extend the Sheppard subway line to Scarborough centre station on the RT line.
The Transit City plan includes an LRT along Don Mills Road from Pape station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line through Don Mills station to Steeles Avenue. However, the transit line, along with other Transit City lines, was cancelled by Rob Ford when he became mayor on December 2010.
- "TTC Don Mills Station Parking". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- "Subway ridership, 2012-2013" (PDF). 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
- Plan for Don Mills Station
- "TTC Don Mills Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
Media related to Don Mills Station at Wikimedia Commons