Leslie (TTC)

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Leslie
TTC - Line 4 - Sheppard line.svg
TTC Leslie 1.jpg
Station statistics
Address 1209 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°46′17″N 79°21′55″W / 43.77139°N 79.36528°W / 43.77139; -79.36528Coordinates: 43°46′17″N 79°21′55″W / 43.77139°N 79.36528°W / 43.77139; -79.36528
Connections
Structure type underground
Platforms centre platform
Tracks 2
Parking 102 paid spaces
Other information
Opened 24 November 2002
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Presto card No
Traffic
Passengers (2011–12[1]) 5,510
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
Sheppard
Terminus

Leslie is a station on the Sheppard line of the Toronto subway and RT. It is located at 1209 Sheppard Avenue East at Old Leslie Street in Toronto. It was opened in 2002.

It features 102 spaces of commuter parking. Cost is $7 per day or $2 per hour from 5:00 am to 2:00 am daily. As with all TTC lots, no overnight parking is allowed between 2:00 am and 5:00 am.

Public art[edit]

Lexier's Ampersand

The public art in the station, entitled Ampersand (2002) and created by Canadian artist Micah Lexier, consists of 17,000 ceramic tiles each with a printed ampersand and above and below it the words "Sheppard" and "Leslie", based on 3,400 different pieces of handwriting from the community collected in 1997.

According to the artist's statement posted in the station, this piece of artwork "acknowledges the duality of being both an individual and part of a larger community." This piece can be seen on both the concourse and platform levels, including the bus terminal.

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

Enclosed bridge over the river

Just east of the station, the line emerges from the subway tunnel to cross the Don River East Branch on a fully enclosed bridge, then returns into the tunnel.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby landmarks include the East Don River, the Betty Sutherland Trail, North York General Hospital, IKEA North York, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (formerly Seneca College's School of Nursing) and Canadian Tire.

Surface connections[edit]

  • 51 Leslie northbound to Steeles Avenue and southbound to Eglinton station
  • 85 Sheppard East (transfer to bus on street; requires proof of payment)
  • IKEA North York shuttle bus (E350 shuttle, not a TTC route)

A bus terminal, located one level above concourse, is integrated with Leslie station. Although the terminal is quite spacious and has several bus bays, currently it serves only TTC route 51 (Leslie).

Leslie station is located north of Oriole Station on GO Transit's Richmond Hill line, but they are not adjacent. No action has yet been taken on proposals to relocate the GO Station to connect directly with the subway. Passengers wishing to transfer to the GO Station are directed to the exit outside the bus terminal; a short walk to the intersection of Old Leslie Street and Esther Shiner Boulevard brings pedestrians to a walkway which connects to the north end of the GO platform.

IKEA runs a shuttle bus service between the station and the IKEA North York store, which picks up passengers at the exit from the upper level bus terminal. Because that entrance is unmanned and cannot be easily used by customers who are carrying large or many items, when the shuttle returns from IKEA, it drops off passengers outside the entrance at the lower Sheppard Avenue level.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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" 
  2. ^ "IKEA North York shuttle bus". Retrieved January 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Leslie Station at Wikimedia Commons