St. Clair West (TTC)

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St. Clair West
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Toronto Rocket at St. Clair West Station.JPG
Location 370 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates 43°41′02″N 79°24′54″W / 43.683888°N 79.415113°W / 43.683888; -79.415113Coordinates: 43°41′02″N 79°24′54″W / 43.683888°N 79.415113°W / 43.683888; -79.415113
Platforms side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Structure type underground
Architect TTC in house architects[1]
Opened 28 January 1978
Passengers (2012-13[2]) 31,440
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Downsview
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch
Streetcar line
toward Gunns Loop
512 St. Clair
Streetcar line
toward St. Clair

St. Clair West is a subway station on the Yonge–University line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It spans the block north of St. Clair Avenue West to Heath Street, between Bathurst Street and Tweedsmuir Avenue. The station serves the local communities of Forest Hill South, Humewood, Bracondale Hill and Casa Loma.

During weekday morning rush hours, half of all northbound trains on the Yonge–University line are short-turned here,[3] resulting in more frequent service south of the station. Although the station is not wheelchair-accessible, there is an elevator at the Heath Street exit. Work is underway to make the station wheelchair-accessible by 2016. This work will include three elevators to access street, bus and streetcar level, concourse, and northbound/southbound platforms, automatic sliding doors and an accessible fare gate.[4]


This station was opened in 1978, as part of the subway line extension from St. George Station to Wilson Station. Its south end was then in the City of Toronto while its north end was in the Borough of York.

The sports field of St. Michael's College School is directly above the length of the station and a Loblaws supermarket is located over the entrance on the north side of St. Clair Avenue.

The 1995 Russell Hill subway incident occurred on August 11, 1995, between this station and Dupont Station to the south on the southbound line. The impact site was closer to Dupont Station than to St. Clair West Station.

Architecture and art[edit]

Detail of Tempo by Gordon Rayner

St. Clair West, designed by the TTC's in-house architects,[5] is a colourful station featuring a wide variety of interior finishes such as ceramic tiles, brick and sculptural concrete surfaces. Backlit orange panels and an abstract tile pattern resembling a barcode at platform level distinguish the station from others in the system. The TTC built its first underground streetcar loop at this station circling an exceptionally spacious waiting area for connections to surface routes. Wilson is the one other station on the line which, due to their complexity, the TTC chose to design themselves.[5]

The abstract enamel mural Tempo by Gordon Rayner[6] is on the mezzanine-level bridge crossing the tracks. Buskers often take advantage of the acoustics caused by the station's open architecture.

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

South of the station, the subway tunnel cuts southeast through the Nordheimer Ravine, where the emergency exit used in the Russell Hill accident is located,[7] then continues in a bored tunnel south beneath Spadina Road and under Casa Loma to Dupont Station.

Also constructed by cut-and-cover north of the station, the tunnel runs northwest through the Cedarvale Ravine to Eglinton West Station.

Surface connections[edit]

These routes[8] can be boarded in the underground loop:

  • 33 Forest Hill via Spadina Road to Eglinton Avenue
  • 90A Vaughan to Oakwood Avenue
90B to Eglinton Avenue

To connect to this bus route passengers can walk outside the station to Bathurst Street and use a valid paper transfer.[9]

  • 7 Bathurst between Bathurst Station and Steeles Avenue


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Subway ridership, 2012-2013" (PDF). 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 
  3. ^ Kane, Laura (2014-03-31). "Big Ideas: Bring back Bay Lower Station to relieve Yonge-University line". Toronto Star. 
  4. ^ "St. Clair West Station Easier Access Project" (PDF). TTC. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Robert Moffatt (28 October 2010). "Art and architecture on the Yonge–University subway". Toronto Modern. Retrieved August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gordon Rayner". Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art. Retrieved August 2012. 
  7. ^ Lost River Walks: Nordheimer Reach
  8. ^ St Clair West Station: Connections to
  9. ^ TTC: Walking Transfers

External links[edit]

Media related to St. Clair West Station at Wikimedia Commons