|Address||2455 Eglinton Avenue East|
|Structure type||underground (BD line)
elevated (SRT line)
|Platforms||centre (BD line)
side (SRT line)
|Opened||21 November 1980 (BD line)
22 March 1985 (SRT line)
|Passengers (2011-12)||66,180 (BD line)
35,920 (SRT line)
Ranked 5th of 69
Kennedy is the terminal subway station of the Bloor-Danforth and Scarborough RT lines of the Toronto subway and RT. It is located at 2455 Eglinton Avenue East, just east of Kennedy Road. The station opened in 1980 in what was then the Borough of Scarborough with the Bloor-Danforth platform, and the Scarborough RT platform opened in 1985. The adjacent Kennedy GO Station on GO Transit's Stouffville rail line opened in 2005.
Kennedy is a four-level station, with the Scarborough RT on top, the bus terminal on ground level, the entry concourse underneath that leads to the GO station and parking, and the subway on the bottom. The subway and RT tracks through the station are parallel. All station levels are accessible by elevator. Four parking lots surround the station, providing commuters with a total of 1138 spaces; East (151), North (112), North Service Road (199) and South (676). All lots charge cash fare from 5:00am to 3:00pm weekdays, and are free after 3:00pm and all day weekends and holidays. The cost for Kennedy North, North Service Road and South Lots is $5.00, and Kennedy East Lot is $3.00.
Kennedy is the fifth busiest station in the system, after St. George, Bloor-Yonge, Sheppard-Yonge & Union, serving a combined total of approximately 102,100 people a day. In 2008, the Toronto Star reported this station to be a "known problem area" in terms of crime in the subway system, along with Lawrence West, Lansdowne, and Warden stations.
The station will eventually be part of the Eglinton–Scarborough Crosstown line. The upgrade and replacement of the Scarborough RT portion is scheduled to start in late 2015, after the conclusion of the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2015 Parapan American Games. Scarborough RT riders will be bussed for three years until the upgrade is completed.
Leaving the station, the Scarborough RT line descends to ground level and turns north to run alongside the Canadian National Railway railway tracks.
Although the Scarborough RT trains are bidirectional, at this station they originally reversed on a loop like single-ended streetcars, because when Kennedy station was built, the TTC planned to run the line as a dedicated right-of-way for streetcars, rather than the light metro that was eventually constructed. They would enter the station from the east, unload passengers, run onto an elevated loop west of the station to reverse, return to the station, and call at a second platform to load passengers before departing eastward. The original floor finishing and platform edge markings for the then originally planned LRT was never removed, and is still visible at the sides of the track bed.
The ICTS trains could not handle the sharp curves of the loop as well as expected, so the station was rebuilt in 1988 to eliminate its regular use. Because of another curve at the east end of the station, it was not possible to add a scissors crossover there, so the station was reduced to a single terminal track. Trains now use that single track to reverse; platforms on either side allow for trains to open their doors on both sides while stopped. The original loading platform on the south side of the tracks, extended to meet the single remaining track, is still the one primarily used for loading, and the other for unloading. The loop track still exists, now constituting a dead-end tail track where a train could be stored if necessary.
Nearby landmarks include the Don Montgomery Community Centre (formerly called Mid-Scarborough Community Centre).
- 12A Kingston Rd to Victoria Park Station via Brimley and Variety Village
- 20 Cliffside to Main Street Station
- 21 Brimley to Steeles via Scarborough Centre Station
- 21A to Scarborough Centre
- 34 Eglinton East
- 34 Eastbound to Kingston Road
- 34 Westbound to Eglinton Station
- 34C (Eastbound and Westbound)
- 43 Kennedy to Steeles Avenue
- 43B to Scarborough Centre Station via Progress Road
- 57 Midland to Steeles
- 86 Scarborough to Sheppard
- 86A to Toronto Zoo
- 86B to Highland Creek
- 86D to Beechgrove via Lawrence
- 86E Express to Sheppard (rush hours only)
- 113 Danforth to Main Street Station
- 116 Morningside to Finch
- 116A to Conlins via Ellesmere
- 116E Express to U of T Scarborough and Conlins via Ellesmere
- 131E Nugget Express to Old Finch/Morningview via Scarborough Centre Station (rush hours only)
- "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"
- 4 held in subway swarmings
- "Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown Presentation Update - Community Meeting (York Civic Centre)" June 30, 2011
- "Eglinton LRT ready to launch" By Tess Kalinowski, Toronto Star. June 29, 2011
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