Lawrence West (TTC)
|Address||655 Lawrence Avenue West
|Structure type||at grade in highway median|
|Opened||28 January 1978|
|Architect||Dunlop Farrow Aitken |
Lawrence West is a subway station on the Yonge–University–Spadina line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the median of William R. Allen Road at Lawrence Avenue West. It opened in 1978 in what was then the Borough of North York. One of two Toronto Transit Commission bus lines that provide regular service to Toronto Pearson International Airport, the 58 Malton, originates from this station. In 2008, the Toronto Star reported this station, along with Lansdowne, Kennedy, and Warden to be a "known problem area" in terms of crime in the subway system.
An elevator, automatic sliding doors and an accessible fare gate are being installed in the main part of the station on the south side of Lawrence Avenue, to make the station wheelchair accessible by some time in 2014. In addition, repairs will be made to the saw-tooth bus platforms and the roadway will be repaved for low floor buses.
The station's two entrances are located the north and south sides of the Lawrence Avenue bridge over Allen Road. Both station entrances allow access to staffed and automatic gates.
Architecture and art
Dunlop Farrow Aitken was the firm responsible for the station's architecture. Lawrence West is located centrally in the median of Allen Road above ground. It is composed of an enclosed train platform area, which is bridged by a bus loop and waiting area. An entrance and transfer area link the train platform to the bus area and the street.
Upon entrance from the Lawrence Avenue bridge over Allen Road, the bus waiting area and the train platform are apparent. This openness is achieved through glazed walls and a large stairwell. The glass is framed with distinctive orange-painted metal. The platform level features exposed concrete walls, with a long strip of skylights above the tracks with the same orange framing used throughout the station. Rectangular prism benches with rectangular tiles of yellow, orange, and brown hues are unique to the station. Similar tiles are used on the floors and centre pillars.
The station serves the local communities of Lawrence Heights, Lawrence Manor and Glen Park and nearby destinations such as the Columbus Centre, Lawrence Heights Community Recreation Centre and Lawrence Square Shopping Centre.
- Route 52: Lawrence West
- 52 to Martin Grove
- 52C to Culford
- 52W to Weston Rd (Lawrence & Pine)
- 352 Blue Night Lawrence West to Weston Rd
- Route 58: Malton to McNaughton - extra fare required west of Toronto Pearson International Airport
- 58A to Pearson Airport
- 58B to Westwood - extra fare required west of Airport
- 58C to Westwood via Pearson Airport - extra fare required west of Airport
- 58D to McNaughton via Pearson Airport - extra fare required west of Airport
- Route 59: Maple Leaf
- 59A to Weston Rd via Garry Drive
- 59B to Weston Rd via Church
- 59U to Weston Rd via Benton / Culford and Garry Dr.
- 59X to Weston Rd via Benton / Culford and Church
- Route 109: Ranee
- 109 to Neptune
- 109A to Neptune
- 109B to Neptune via Marlee & Flemington
- 109C to Neptune via Marlee & Varna
- 400 Lawrence Manor (Community Bus)
- "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
- "Lawrence West Station: Elevator Construction Update". website. TTC. Retrieved October 2013.
- Lito Romano, Community Liaison (April 2013). "Lawrence West Station: Easier Access Program". TTC. Retrieved October 2013.
- "Design for Transit", Canadian Architect 21, 1976: 34
- "Design for Transit", p. 34
- "Breeze, Claude". Saskatchewan Archival Information Network. Retrieved August 2012.
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