Eglinton (TTC)

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Eglinton
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
EglintonTTC.jpg
The station's Vitrolite-tiled walls
Station statistics
Address 2190 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°42′21″N 79°23′54″W / 43.70583°N 79.39833°W / 43.70583; -79.39833Coordinates: 43°42′21″N 79°23′54″W / 43.70583°N 79.39833°W / 43.70583; -79.39833
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Structure type underground
Platforms centre platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 30 March 1954
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Presto card No
Traffic
Passengers (2011–12[1]) 79,670
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Downsview
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University–Spadina
toward Finch
toward Mount Dennis
TTC - Line 5.svg Eglinton Crosstown
Opens 2022
toward Kennedy

Eglinton is a subway station on the Yonge–University–Spadina line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on the west side Yonge Street at the south side of Eglinton Avenue. It is one of the larger stations of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), with several shops located on the concourse level. It is the busiest station that is not a line terminus or a major transfer point with another line or transit system.

The station is on three levels, all six entrances are scattered throughout the street level in the surrounding area of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, the concourse and collector is on the second level, and the subway platform is on the lower level.[2]

Overview[edit]

The tracks approach the station from the south in open cut before going underground at the Berwick Portal, immediately before the station. Here the tracks divide sharply to go either side of the island platform. North of the station the line swings to the east, to run directly under Yonge Street in a bored tunnel.

This station is used as a switchover point for subways operators who are coming off or coming on their shift. There are sometimes slight delays at this station as subway operators are being changed.

Nearby destinations include Eglinton Park, TVOntario studios, head offices of the Canadian Tire Corporation, the Yonge-Eglinton Centre, Minto Midtown, and the Canada Square Complex which is built directly over the station.

Tourists staying in downtown Toronto wishing to travel to the Ontario Science Centre usually take the subway to this station and transfer to the 34 Eglinton East bus to reach the destination.

The station is not related to the similarly named Eglinton GO Station, which is 14 km (9 mi) farther east along Eglinton Avenue.

Entrances[edit]

There are six entrances to the station in the surrounding area:[2]

  • an entrance at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue (Canada Square)
  • an accessible, automatic entrance at Yonge Street, north of Berwick Avenue, which leads directly to the subway platform level
  • an entrance on the northwest corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue
  • an entrance at 2300 Yonge Street via the food court level of the Yonge Eglinton Centre
  • an entrance at the northeast corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, at the TD Bank
  • an entrance at the southeast corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, at the CIBC

History[edit]

Eglinton Station opened in 1954 as the northern terminus of the original Yonge subway line. All of the stations on this section of the line used similar vitreous marble wall tiles, with variations in colour schemes. Eglinton is the only one to retain its original tiles, which had not deteriorated, unlike the other stations.

The Transit City plan called for a new Eglinton Crosstown LRT line, running along Eglinton Avenue from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Kennedy Station, passing through the station and Eglinton West Station on the way.

Mayor Rob Ford announced the cancellation of Transit City on the day that he took office.[3] However, a redesigned Eglinton Crosstown line was announced four months later, with the support of Metrolinx and the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty.[4]

As part of the work to connect the Crosstown platform, it has been proposed that the current Yonge-line platform be shifted approximately 70m northward of its current location; this will allow smoother flows of passenger traffic between the platforms, and avoiding a situation where all transferring passengers are bottlenecked by only one transfer path. [5]

Original open air bus platforms were reached by individual stairwells from the concourse
New bus bay area is located at ground level under the Canada Square building

Surface connections[edit]

5B to Gerrard Street
  • 32A Eglinton West to Renforth Drive and Skymark Avenue
32B to Renforth Drive
32C to Lawrence Avenue West at Jane Street via Trethewey Drive
54B to Orton Park Drive
  • 56A Leaside to Donlands Station
  • 61 Avenue Rd North to Highway 401
  • 97 Yonge (Northbound and southbound routes use stops on either side of Yonge Street and do not enter the station)
  • 100C Flemingdon Park to Broadview Station
  • 103 Mt Pleasant North to Doncliffe Loop at Glen Echo Road
  • 305 Blue Night Eglinton East to Rouge Hill GO Station
  • 307 Blue Night Eglinton West to Pearson Airport
  • 320 Blue Night Yonge northbound to Steeles Avenue and southbound to Queens Quay (Northbound and southbound routes use stops on either side of Yonge Street and do not enter the station)
320A northbound to York Mills Station and southbound to Queens Quay
  • 354 Blue Night Lawrence East to University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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" 
  2. ^ a b "TTC Eglinton Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Mayor Rob Ford: “Transit City is over” Toronto Life December 1, 2010
  4. ^ "Funding questions linger after new transit plan announced" By Natalie Alcoba, National Post. March 31, 2011
  5. ^ Munro, Steve. "Crosstown LRT Interchanges with the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway". Retrieved 18 November 2013. 

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