Dundas (TTC)

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Dundas
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Dundas TTC platform 2007.jpg
Station statistics
Address 3 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°39′23″N 79°22′51″W / 43.65639°N 79.38083°W / 43.65639; -79.38083Coordinates: 43°39′23″N 79°22′51″W / 43.65639°N 79.38083°W / 43.65639; -79.38083
Connections Toronto Coach Terminal Toronto Coach Terminal
BSicon CLRV.svg  505 
Structure type underground
Platforms side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 30 March 1954
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Presto card Yes
Traffic
Passengers (2012-13[1]) 61,690
Ranked 8th of 69
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Downsview
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University–Spadina
toward Finch

Dundas is a subway station on the Yonge–University–Spadina line in Toronto, Canada.[2] It is located at the intersection of Yonge Street and Dundas Street.

History[edit]

Dundas Station opened in 1954 as part of the original stretch of the Yonge subway line from Union to Eglinton Station. The original address, 300 Yonge Street, is still commonly used in TTC system maps.

On 27 September 1997, 23-year-old Charlene Minkowski was killed when she was pushed onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train at Dundas by Herbert Cheoung, a diagnosed schizophrenic. Cheoung was given a sentence which included no parole for 15 years.[3]

In 2002, this station became accessible with elevators.

On 4 August 2014, 44-year-old Arshad Sajid sexually assaulted a female TTC transit ambassador just after 3:25 pm. Transit Enforcement Officers were dispatched and the suspect was found in the station. He has pleaded guilty, sentenced to 45 days in jail, and has an 18-month ban from riding the subway. He has also been fined $200 for the act, and $250 in compensation to the victim.[4]

Station description[edit]

Entrance from the Eaton Centre

The station is located under Yonge Street at Dundas Street and is built on three levels. All four entrances can be found on street level, with one on every corner of the intersection, and all being accessible except for the northwest one, which is a sidewalk staircase at the Atrium on Bay. The southeast, southwest, and northeast accessible entrances are located at Yonge Dundas Square, in the Eaton Centre and at 10 Dundas East inside the Cineplex Cinemas building respectively. All elevators that connect the entrance to the station are not provided by the TTC, but by the respective managements.

Dundas is the only station in Toronto where the northbound and southbound platforms are in separate fare-paid areas, owing to the constrained space and difficult geology at this location. Separate street entrances had to be used for each direction until the Eaton Centre was built, at which time a tunnel was constructed under the tracks outside the fare-paid areas, which is considered the third level. If on the wrong platform, a passenger can take a transfer from the transfer machines available on the platform, exit the station, and re-enter the station on the other platform by showing the collector at the booth the transfer obtained.

The station has underground connections to the Toronto Eaton Centre, 10 Dundas East and the Atrium on Bay, and is one of five stations connected to PATH.

Architecture and art[edit]

The station features William McElcheran's Cross Section, located by the northwest entrance and along the under-platform crosswalk. It depicts a vibrant urban scene of pets, shoppers, businessmen and other commuters. The piece was created out of terra cotta and fired in two-foot-square tiles.[5]

Mural of dogs meeting
Two sections of William McElcheran's mural Cross Section, showing people and dogs

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

North of the station, the subway continues to travel through its' tunnels underneath Yonge Street, passing over a double crossover,[6] before entering College station. South of the station, it continues underneath Yonge Street, over Lower Queen station, before fully entering Queen station.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby landmarks include Dundas Square, the north end of the Eaton Centre, Ryerson University, the Toronto Coach Terminal, Toronto City Hall, the Ed Mirvish Theatre, and 10 Dundas East.

Surface connections[edit]

A 505 Dundas streetcar by the station entrance

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
  • 320 Blue Night Yonge northbound to Steeles Avenue
320A northbound to York Mills Station
320E northbound to Eglinton Station
320 southbound to Queens Quay
505 westbound to Dundas West Station via Dundas Street

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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 
  2. ^ "TTC Dundas Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Man pleads guilty to Toronto subway murder". CBC News. 1998-12-01. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  4. ^ "Man sentenced to jail, banned from subway for assaulting TTC employee". Toronto Transit Commission. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  5. ^ McIlveen, Eli (2006-12-17). "Art on the TTC". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  6. ^ Grills, Wendy (25 February 2011). "Why the Yonge subway is closing again". Toronto Star. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Dundas Station at Wikimedia Commons