|Address||1226 Islington Avenue
|Connections|| TTC buses
|Opened||10 May 1968|
|Presto card||From 26 July 2010|
Ranked 16th of 69
Islington is a subway station on the Bloor–Danforth line in Toronto, Canada. It is located on the north side of Bloor Street West on the west side of Islington Avenue. A central platform serves trains running in both directions.
Islington station opened in 1968 in what was then the Borough of Etobicoke as the western terminus of the Bloor-Danforth Line, and became a through station in 1980 when the line was extended to Kipling.
Until 1973, TTC buses and subway trains serving the station were in separate fare zones and so turnstiles and collector booths were placed between bus bays and subway platforms. The fare barrier was reconfigured after the zones were abolished to put the bus bays inside the fare-paid zone, and its layout was simplified in a later renovation.
However, the bus bays have also been used by non-TTC buses. In the early years some Gray Coach long-distance services called at Islington, and the Airport Express, also then operated by Gray Coach, had an Islington station route. Mississauga Transit (now MiWay) buses, which at first stopped outside the station, began using several of the bus bays after they were no longer needed for TTC buses once Kipling station opened. Since all these buses have had separate fares from the TTC, since the bus bays were put inside the fare barrier the buses have had to unload on the street outside the station entrance; they can use the bus bays only for boarding.
Four parking lots serve Islington station, providing a total of 1,569 spaces: The main lot beside the station northwest of Bloor Street at Islinton has 543 spaces; north of the railway tracks at Cordova Avenue there 473 spaces; at the north end of Lomond Drive there are 283 spaces; and the newest lot beside the railway tracks on the south side of Bloor Street off Fieldway Road has 270 spaces.
Subway infrastructure in the vicinity
Between this station and Royal York station to the east, the line exits the tunnel at the Montgomery Portal to cross Mimico Creek by bridge, and then returns underground at the Aberfoyle Portal.
This is one of only three stations in the subway system where a track signal is publicly accessible (the others being Union and Davisville). The signal is at the east end of the platform and guards the switches for trains turning back eastbound from the westbound platform.
Sun Life Financial Centre, at 3300 Bloor St. West, has direct access to the station on the east side of Islington Avenue and Islington Village is short distance north of the station at Dundas Street West.
Toronto Transit Commission
- 37A Islington to Woodbine Centre and Humberwood Blvd via Rexdale Boulevard
- 37B to Steeles Avenue
- 37C to Steeles Avenue and Kipling Avenue
- 50 Burnhamthorpe to Mill Road
- 110A Islington South to Long Branch Loop via Horner Avenue and Browns Line
- 110B to Long Branch Loop via Horner Avenue and 30th St.
- 110C to Lake Shore Boulevard
While Islington station is the property of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), it connects to more MiWay bus routes than TTC bus routes. It is the second busiest terminal for MiWay, and the largest and busiest outside of Mississauga.
- 1 Dundas to Ridgeway via Westdale Mall
- 1C to South Common Centre via UTM and Westdale Mall
- 3 Bloor to Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal at Square One
- 11 Westwood to Westwood Mall via Goreway
- 11A to Westwood Mall via Darcel
- 11B to Westwood Mall via Nashua
- 17 Timberlea to Kamato
- 20 Rathburn to Erindale GO Station via Square One
- 26 Burnhamthorpe to South Common Centre via Square One
- 35 Eglinton to Ninth Line
- 35A to Tenth Line
- 50 Creekbank to Tech
- 57 Courtneypark to Meadowvale Town Centre
- 70 Keaton to Milverton
- 71 Sheridan-Subway to Sheridan Research Park via Sheridan Centre
- 76 Square One-Subway to Square One
- 82 Financial to Argentia
- 101 Dundas Express to Ridgeway via UTM
- 109 Meadowvale Express to Meadowvale Town Centre via Square One
|This section's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (May 2013)|
The TTC has plans to renovate this station. Part of the plan includes the demolition of the current bus terminal and construction of a new, wheelchair-accessible one on the north side of the station. The plans also call for a new passenger pick up and drop off area, installation of elevators for increased accessibility to the subway level and exterior landscaping and upgrades to station finishes to give it a more modern look. The project is scheduled to start in 2010 and last approximately 3 years.
- "PRESTO card". Presto card official Twitter feed. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. "TTC Kipling and Islington stations will be up and running on Monday, July 26"
- "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"
- Islington Station: Parking
- "Oxford Toronto Property Network". Oxford Property Group. Retrieved November 2013. "Sun Life Financial Centre is a prestigious Class “A” asset, totalling 844,818 sq. ft. in a prime location situated at the intersection of Bloor and Islington. Three office towers are linked with a retail concourse of multiple retailers, a fitness centre and food court. This west end office complex also features direct access to the subway."
- "Islington Station Improvements Project". Toronto Transit Commission. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2013-07-14.
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