Kipling (TTC)

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Kipling
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Kipling-interior.jpg
Station statistics
Address 950 Kipling Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°38′14″N 79°32′10″W / 43.63722°N 79.53611°W / 43.63722; -79.53611Coordinates: 43°38′14″N 79°32′10″W / 43.63722°N 79.53611°W / 43.63722; -79.53611
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
GO Transit logo.svg  C  Kipling GO Station
Structure type at grade
Platforms centre platform
Tracks 2
Parking 1488 spaces[1]
Other information
Opened November 21, 1980[2]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Presto card Yes[3]
Traffic
Passengers (2012-13[4]) 52,930
Ranked 12th of 69
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
Terminus TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Bloor–Danforth
toward Kennedy

Kipling is the western terminus of the Bloor–Danforth line in Toronto, Canada. The station is served by buses and subway trains operated by the Toronto Transit Commission and is adjacent to Kipling GO Station on the Milton line. It is located in the Islington-Six Points area on St. Albans Road at Aukland Road, just west of the overpass of Kipling Avenue, after which it is named. The Toronto Parking Authority operates three commuter parking lots near the station.[5]

History[edit]

Kipling station, in what was then the Borough of Etobicoke, officially opened on 21 November 1980,[2] but not until 22 November 1980[6] was it opened to the public, along with Kennedy station as part of east-west extensions to the Bloor-Danforth line. As the western terminus of the line, the subway station is built with a centre platform allowing trains to stop at either side. The platform walls are yellow with black stripes and show the station's name in Univers.[7]

As a result of the initial lack of density near the station, and its location near a hydro substation, it was originally designed around commuter travel, with a large amount of parking space and a roughed-in platform for a future LRT line.[8] Due to this design, the area around Kipling station is considered to be a travel hub and it is being further developed to contain a regional bus platform as well as improved access to the nearby Kipling GO Station.[9]

Facilities[edit]

The main entrance is located at the west end of Kipling station, with access to the GO station, commuter parking lots, and a kiss and ride area for passenger drop-off. An entrance at the east end makes the bus platform level accessible by way of a ramp, with an elevator providing a connection with the train platform below.[10] Fares can be paid for at this station by using tokens, tickets, passes, as well as the Presto smart card.[3] Currently it serves the high density residential and commercial developments that are being built, while acting as a hub for commuter travel.

Above the subway tracks on the south side of the station, opposite the bus bays on the same level, is an unfinished platform for a proposed but unbuilt Etobicoke RT line similar to the Scarborough RT.[8]

East of the station towards Islington, the line continues on the surface alongside the railway right-of-way which parallels Dundas Street at a distance. It crosses over Bloor Street to the north side alongside the railway tracks, then dives underground below the tracks and turns parallel to Bloor.

Construction on a new 14-bay inter-regional bus terminal is planned and was originally scheduled to be completed in 2010.[11] This would see GO Transit buses use the facility, and Mississauga Transit buses terminate at Kipling station instead of Islington. The current parking facilities will be reconfigured to allow for the construction of the terminal. The modernization project would also include landscaping and revitalization of interior and exterior station finishes and lighting.[12]

Surface Connections[edit]

Bus bays are a level above the subway trains on the north side of the station

The bus platform is in the fare-paid zone, allowing passengers to quickly transfer between the subway and the following bus routes:[13]

30B to High Park via High Park Station
45B to Carlingview Drive via Belfield Road
45E to Steeles Avenue (Express service)
112B to Skymark Avenue
112C to Disco Road
112E Express to Renforth Drive and Eringate Drive (Michael Power/St. Joseph High School)
123B to Long Branch Loop via The East Mall
123C to Long Branch Loop via North Queen Street
191B to Steeles Avenue
191C to Steeles Avenue via Attwell Drive/Royalcrest Road
  • An IKEA Etobicoke customer courtesy shuttle (not a TTC route), departs from Subway Crescent[14] north of the Kiss and ride area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parking". Kipling Station. Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "The Built Subways". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "PRESTO card". Presto card official Twitter feed. July 21, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ "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" 
  5. ^ "Kipling Station". Find Parking. Toronto Parking Authority (Green P). Retrieved August 2012. 
  6. ^ "New Kipling Station". The Toronto Star. November 20, 1980. p. A18. 
  7. ^ Blackett, Matthew (March 25, 2008). "Ride the Rainbow of the Bloor-Danforth". Spacing Toronto. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Bateman, Chris (June 23, 2012). "Whatever Happened to the Etobicoke RT?". blogTO. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Kipling Station Redevelopment Handover to GO Transit". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ Kipling: Accessible Alternative
  11. ^ Munro, Steve (August 13, 2007). "Who's In Charge At Kipling?". Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  12. ^ White, Craig (August 5, 2010). "Kipling Subway Station's East Entrance On Its Way". urbantoronto.ca. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  13. ^ Kipling Station: Connections to
  14. ^ IKEA Etobicoke: Store information

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