Downsview Park (TTC)

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Downsview Park
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg

Under Construction
Station statistics
Address 1212 Sheppard Ave West,
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°45′14″N 79°28′42″W / 43.75389°N 79.47833°W / 43.75389; -79.47833Coordinates: 43°45′14″N 79°28′42″W / 43.75389°N 79.47833°W / 43.75389; -79.47833
Levels 3[1]
Platforms TTC Subway: 1 island platform[1]
GO Transit: 2 side platforms[1]
Other information
Opened Proposed for 2016
Architect Aedas
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station status Under construction
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Vaughan
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University–Spadina
toward Finch
Preceding station   GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit   Following station
Barrie
Opens 2016
Terminus

Downsview Park is an intermodal transit facility under construction on the western branch of the Yonge–University–Spadina line of the subway system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on the south side of Sheppard Avenue West where the GO Transit Barrie line crosses, and is expected to open in the autumn of 2016.

This is a fully integrated, multi-modal transit facility, unlike other interchanges between TTC Subway and GO Transit lines, where there is normally a distinct separation of adjoining structures. The TTC subway station will be built underground on an east-west axis, parallel to Sheppard Avenue West and the GO Transit commuter railway station will be built at the surface above an intermediate TTC concourse level. GO Transit has committed to cost sharing at this station. Upon its opening, this station will replace service currently provided at the York University GO Station located a short distance to the north; that station will then be closed. A southerly extension of Bakersfield Street on the west side of the station will provide vehicle access and passenger drop off.[1]

Name[edit]

The station was originally expected to be named Sheppard West[2] and is still officially referred to by that name during construction.[3]

Approval was given in 2010 for the station to be named Downsview Park, subject to the satisfactory resolution of negotiations between the Toronto Transit Commission, the City of Toronto, and Parc Downsview Park related to property acquisition, and to rename the existing Downsview station to Sheppard West.[4]

Construction[edit]

Architecture firm Aedas was commissioned to design the station; their initial plan provides twinned entrances on opposite sides of the rail corridor, each with green roofs that resemble landing strips or wings.[5]

The official ground breaking ceremony for the Spadina Extension was held on 27 November 2009,[6] however tunneling operations did not commence until June 2011.[7]

The project is expected to be completed by the autumn of 2016.[8]

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby landmarks include Downsview Park, which is Canada's National Urban Park and played host to World Youth Day in 2002 and the SARSstock concert in 2003. The Park is site of an airstrip used by an airplane manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace and formerly used as Canadian Forces Base Downsview. Other points of interest include the Chesswood hockey arenas, and the industrial lands north of Sheppard.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sheppard West Subway Station Open House". Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved January 2013. 
  2. ^ Tess Kalinowski (27 November 2009). "TTC breaks ground on subway extension". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sheppard West Station (TTC official site)". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, Station Names". Toronto Transit Commission. 30 September 2010. Retrieved January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sheppard West Station, Approval Of Conceptual Design". Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project. Toronto Transit Commission. 24 September 2009. Retrieved January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension breaks ground". Railway Gazette. 30 November 2009. Retrieved January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tunnel boring for Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension begins". Toronto Transit Commission. 17 June 2011. Retrieved January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Schedule Status Update". Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project. Toronto Transit Commission. 24 October 2012. Retrieved January 2013. 

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