|Address||1209 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario
|Opened||24 November 2002|
Leslie station opened for public viewing on 22 November 2002, along with the rest of the Sheppard subway line and for revenue service on 24 November 2002.
The station is on three levels. The bus platforms are on the upper level at Old Leslie Street, with an automatic accessible entrance. The concourse and collector are at an intermediate level, where the main fully accessible entrance is located on the south side of Sheppard Avenue East west of Leslie Steet. There is a secondary automatic accessible entrance at the corner of Leslie Street directly to the easterly end of the subway platform, which is at the lowest level.
The station 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.
Architecture and art
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
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. West of the station, the subway continues through its tunnels into Bessarion station.
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.
Toronto Transit Commission
A bus terminal, located one level above the concourse, is integrated with Leslie station. Although the terminal is quite spacious and has several bus bays, it currently only serves the 51 Leslie route. The 85 Sheppard East route can only be boarded on the street with a valid transfer.
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 (E350) between the station and the IKEA North York store, which picks up passengers at the exit from the upper level bus terminal. Since 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.
- "TTC Leslie Station Parking". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "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"
- "SHEPPARD SUBWAY OPENING DAY (NOVEMBER 22, 2002)". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "TTC Leslie Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- "IKEA North York shuttle bus". Retrieved January 2014.
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