Eglinton West (TTC)
|Address||1300 Eglinton Avenue West
|Structure type||underground/at grade|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||28 January 1978|
Clifford & Lawrie
Not to be confused with Allen (Los Angeles Metro station)
As of Jan 2013, the station is wheelchair-accessible. The commuter parking lots, formerly located east and west of the station building on the north side of Eglinton Avenue, were taken out of service in December 2012, leaving no immediately adjacent parking. The lots are being used as staging areas for the tunneling machines during the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown line.
Eglinton West Station had been planned to be an interchange station as part of the proposed Eglinton West line. This was one of the three proposed subway lines in the Network 2011 Plan created in 1985 by the Toronto Transit Commission. The project was cancelled in 1995 after the election of a Progressive Conservative government led by Mike Harris. Afterwards, the small amount of tunnel that had been dug under the station was refilled. Had the project gone ahead, this station would likely have been renamed "Eglinton West-Allen".
The Transit City plan called for a new Eglinton Crosstown LRT line, running along Eglinton Avenue from Toronto Pearson International Airport and Mississauga to Kennedy Station, passing through Eglinton West and Eglinton Station on the way. Mayor Rob Ford announced the cancellation of Transit City on the day that he took office. However, a redesigned Eglinton Crosstown line along with a Sheppard line extension was announced four months later, with the support of Metrolinx and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Architecture and art
The station was designed by Arthur Erickson and Clifford & Lawrie. The main ticketing and concourse area at surface level is sheltered by an exposed concrete space frame supported by eight circular columns. The concrete ceiling is, in effect, a large slab, and overhangs the entrance. With a glass curtain wall, it appears to float. Inside, it is coffered throughout the station, with skylights in certain areas, allowing for increased penetration of natural light. Eglinton West makes use of sandblasted concrete and brick wall finishes extensively, distinguishing it from most stations on the Yonge and Bloor-Danforth sections of the subway system, where tiles are predominant.
As the north end of the station is in Allen Road's median, the subway platform level is partly built at surface level. Designers took advantage of this and added windows at platform level. The northbound platform has regular windows, allowing for a view onto Allen Road, while windows on the opposite platform are frosted, creating the impression of fog. This combination of windows allows transit riders to view cars speeding onto Allen Road's northbound expressway lanes, while blocking views of cars stuck in traffic at Eglinton, where the road originally planned and constructed as an expressway ends.
The station's artwork, on two enamel murals facing each other, is Summertime Streetcar by Gerald Zeldin, which depicts the exterior of a PCC streetcar from differing distances and perspectives. The artwork is two storeys high and is located in the appropriately high ceiling section of the platform level. The depicted streetcar models have never served this station.
The south end of the station is underground as Allen Road ends here.
During July 2009, the TTC installed an $850,000 green roof over the northern end of the station to reduce maintenance costs, increase the lifespan to 40–50 years, reduce the heat island effect by lowering the temperature of the surrounding area by a few degrees, and to reduce runoff. The TTC had to repair the roof anyway, since it had been leaking since 2000. The plants atop the 835-square-metre roof are low-maintenance sedums. Victoria Park and Dufferin stations are slated to have green roofs as well.
Subway infrastructure in the vicinity
South of the station, the line continues underground below Everden Road to reach the Cedarvale Ravine, then continues southeast below the ravine. Moving northward, tracks continue on the surface, in the median of Allen Road.
- 32 Eglinton West terminates at Eglinton Station
- 32A to Renforth Road and Skymark Avenue
- 32B to Renforth Road
- 32C to Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue via Trethewey Drive
- 32D to Jane Street and Emmett Avenue - terminates here eastbound
- 307 Eglinton West Blue Night between Eglinton Station and Pearson Airport
- 63 Ossington to Liberty Village
- 316 Ossington Blue Night to Canadian National Exhibition
- 109 Ranee to Bathurst Street and Neptune Drive via Lawrence West Station
- 109B to Neptune Drive via Marlee Avenue and Flemington Road
- 109C to Neptune Drive via Marlee Avenue and Varna Drive
- "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"
- "Eglinton West TTC commuter lots closing Dec 21st for conversion to construction staging". Metrolinx. December 17, 2012. Retrieved March 2013.
- Mayor Rob Ford: “Transit City is over” Toronto Life December 1, 2010
- "Funding questions linger after new transit plan announced" By Natalie Alcoba, National Post. March 31, 2011
- "Eglinton West Subway Station". TO Built. Bob Krawczyk. 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-26.[dead link]
- Kalinowski, Tess (2009-08-04). "Green roof takes root at Eglinton West". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
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