|Address||1035 Sheppard Avenue West
|Opened||March 30 1996|
|Architect||Adamson Associates Architects
Stevens Group Architects
Downsview is a subway station on the Yonge–University–Spadina line in Toronto, Canada. The station, which is located at the southeast corner of William R. Allen Road and Sheppard Avenue West, is currently the northern terminus of the western branch of the line, until the Spadina subway extension is completed in 2016.
The station opened in 1996 in what was then the City of North York, and the Viva Orange bus rapid transit route of York Region’s Viva Rapid Transit commenced service on October 16, 2005. The large commuter parking lot, accessible via Allen Road and Sheppard Avenue, opened in July 2005.
The TTC proposed that Downsview Station's name be changed to "Sheppard West", while the future subway station north of Downsview would be named "Downsview Park" and on 28 September 2012 they decided to go ahead with the renaming. The name change will take effect once the Spadina subway extension is completed.
Architecture and art
Downsview station was designed by Adamson Associates Architects (above grade buildings and mezzanine) and The Stevens Group Architects (below grade). The subway platform lacks pillars and the ceiling is high and curved, evoking an aircraft hangar. High ceilings, skylights and an exceptionally large mezzanine make the station feel open and airy. Natural light reaches all areas of the station including the subway platform.
The station features two pieces of artwork. Sliding Pi is a large scale wall mosaic by Calgary artist Arlene Stamp. It can be viewed when traveling between the bus platform and the mezzanine level. Boney Bus by John McKinnon is located at the front of the station and consists of an abstract bus shape made from giant metal beams.
Subway infrastructure in the vicinity
The subway platform is located underground east of Allen Road. The line continues south underground for 750 metres to cross to the west side of the road; after exiting at the Clayton Park Portal the line runs on the surface past Wilson Yard, the TTC’s newest subway yard, which opened in 1978. At this point Allen Road becomes an elevated expressway; the subway, using what were originally the yard access tracks, crosses under its southbound lanes and rises to the road's level.
Nearby landmarks include Downsview Park, which was the site of the World Youth Day Papal Visit in 2002 and the ‘SARSstock’ concert in 2003. It is the site of an airstrip used as a military base (CFB Downsview), and by an aircraft manufacturer (DeHavilland), separating the station area from the original village of Downsview.
TTC routes serving the station include:
- 84 Sheppard West terminates at Sheppard-Yonge Station
- 84B to Weston Road
- 84C to Steeles Avenue via Arrow Road
- 84D to Steeles Avenue via Oakdale Road
- 101 Downsview Park to Downsview Park
- 104 Faywood to Wilson Station
- 105A Dufferin North to Rutherford Road (Extra fare required north of Steeles Avenue)
- 105B to Major Mackenzie Drive (Extra fare required north of Steeles Avenue)
- 105C to Steeles Avenue
- 106 York University to York University
- 107B Keele North to Rutherford GO Station via Chesswood Drive (Extra fare required north of Steeles Avenue)
- 107C to Teston Road via York University (Extra fare required north of Steeles Avenue)
- 107D to McNaughton Road (Extra fare required north of Steeles Avenue)
- 108A Downsview to Jane Street & Driftwood Avenue via Grandravine Drive
- 108B to Jane Street & Driftwood Avenue via Arleta Avenue
- 117A Alness to Steeles Avenue via Martin Ross Avenue & Alness Street
- 117B to Steeles Avenue via Flint Road & Alness Street
- 196A York University Rocket to York University (Express service)
- 196B to York University (Express Service)
Viva bus rapid transit
Viva buses stop three times at Downsview. Buses offload all of their passengers at a stop outside station entrance before proceeding within 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 westbound Sheppard Avenue, to pick up passengers who did not transfer from the subway or a TTC bus.
This Vivastation is considered a Viva ‘terminal’. Therefore, there are multiRide ticket vending machines available.
Construction is underway on an extension of the Spadina line north from Downsview to York University and Steeles Avenue and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. The Government of Ontario has committed $670 million – one third of the expected cost – to extending the Spadina subway past Steeles to the proposed Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. Completion of the project is scheduled for the autumn of 2016.
The TTC has proposed that Downsview be renamed Sheppard West with the opening of the Spadina extension, and that the proposed new Sheppard West station be named Downsview Park. This is because Downsview station is better identified as being on Sheppard Avenue, while Sheppard West (Downsview Park) is closer to the entrance of Downsview Park.
The original plans for the Sheppard line called for it to connect with the Spadina line at Downsview, but when constructed in the late 1990s the extension to the line was temporarily halted at the roughed in "Senlac" station after the first phase due to funding issues. After election in Fall 2010, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford indicated that completing the Sheppard line to its original route is his top transit priority
- "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"
- Toronto Transit Commission Report - September 30, 2010
- Kalinowski, Tess (28 September 2012). "TTC names new subway station for Black Creek Pioneer Village". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2012-09-28.
-  TYSSE Schedule Status Update
- "Rob Ford ready to let transit projects hold in favour of Sheppard subway". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 23 August 2012.
Media related to Downsview Station at Wikimedia Commons
- Downsview Station at the Toronto Transit Commission
- Official page on the Spadina subway extension
- Sliding Pi
- Art on the TTC