St. George (TTC)

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St. George
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
St. George TTC 2502061086.jpg
Station statistics
Address 139 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°40′05″N 79°23′59″W / 43.66806°N 79.39972°W / 43.66806; -79.39972Coordinates: 43°40′05″N 79°23′59″W / 43.66806°N 79.39972°W / 43.66806; -79.39972
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Structure type underground
Levels 2
Platforms 2 centre platforms (1 on each line)
Tracks 4 (2 per line)
Other information
Opened 28 February 1963 (YUS line)
26 February 1966 (BD line)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Presto card Yes
Traffic
Passengers (2012-13[1]) 124,020 (YUS line)
129,440 (BD line)
253,460 Total
Ranked 2nd of 69
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Downsview
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University–Spadina
toward Finch
toward Kipling
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Bloor–Danforth
toward Kennedy

St. George is a station on the Yonge-University-Spadina and Bloor-Danforth lines in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located north of Bloor Street West between St. George Street and Bedford Road. This is the second-busiest station, after Bloor-Yonge Station, serving a combined total of approximately 253,460 people a day.

Entrances[edit]

St. George Street entrance
Bedford Road bus platform

History[edit]

The station was first opened on February 28, 1963 for the University section of the Yonge-University-Spadina line, followed by the Bloor-Danforth line on February 26, 1966, and finally on January 28, 1978 for the Spadina section of the former line.

Between 1963 and 1966, there was a direct surface connection at the Bedford Road subway entrance to Bloor and Danforth streetcars. The Bedford Loop was immediately south of the station structure and had opened in 1954 to provide a short turn facility for westbound streetcars serving Bloor station on the new Yonge Subway. Streetcars entered from Bedford Road, turned west into the loop beside the station, and exited south on to Bloor Street. The platform was on the east side of what is now the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, with a TTC transformer station constructed at the former entrance and the exit where the Bloor - Bedford Parkette is situated. This loop gave passengers travelling in peak hours a more direct connection between the subway and eastbound and westbound streetcars than walking to/from the curbside stops. The loop closed in February 1966 when streetcar routes were replaced by the Bloor-Danforth Subway.[3]

In 1999, this station became accessible with elevators.

Interlining[edit]

Yonge-University-Spadina subway line platform

Bay and St. George stations each have four parallel tracks, two above two. Between these stations and Museum is a full double-track, grade-separated wye junction. The tracks to and from Museum connect to the upper St. George and Lower Bay stations, while the tracks along Bloor use lower St. George and upper Bay. From February to September 1966 all three sides of the wye were used in regular service: from each of three terminals — Eglinton, Keele, and Woodbine — trains ran alternately to the other two (between Eglinton and Museum they went via Union).

After the six months of interlining, the Bloor-Danforth Line became a separate route and lower Bay was closed. Upper St. George would become the terminus of the Yonge-University line until 1978, when the extension to Wilson was opened. Lower Bay is sometimes used as a movie or TV set, and has been used for platform-surface experiments.

Paul Arthur signage[edit]

Some areas of the station contain wayfinding signage with the image of a crest with a dragon, referencing the Christian legend. However, St. George Street is named for Quetton St. George, a French-born British citizen who lived in Toronto in the 19th century. The signs were designed by Paul Arthur and installed in 1993 as part of a new system of wayfinding signage, which was to be implemented in the entire subway system.[4] Ultimately, the TTC did not go through with the project but did not remove the prototypes either, preserving some of Arthur's designs.

A further wayfinding project began implementation in 2014: using circles with the colour and number of each line to identify them more easily. Signage for that project rolled out at Bloor-Yonge station in March of that year, with St. George set to be the next to follow.[5][6]

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

Upon leaving the station, the line curves south by 90 degrees to run under Queen’s Park (the street). The two tracks split into separate tunnels in this area, briefly running at different levels to form a grade-separated junction with the second pair of link tracks from the Bloor-Danforth line, which curves in from the east.

Tenants[edit]

  • Gateway Newstands (there are two: one at the St. George exit and another at the Bedford exit)

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby landmarks include the Bata Shoe Museum, University of Toronto Schools, the north side of the University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Chinese Consul General, and the York Club.

Surface connections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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" 
  2. ^ TTC Ride Guide retrieved 2007-10-23 from http://www.toronto.ca/ttc/pdf/rideguide.pdf
  3. ^ James Bow. "The Bloor Streetcar (Deceased)". Transit Toronto. Retrieved March 2014. 
  4. ^ http://joeclark.org/design/signage/TTC/docs/PaulArthurTTC.html
  5. ^ "New Wayfinding Standards". Toronto Transit Commission. October 2013. Retrieved March 2014. "Pilot study – Bloor-Yonge & St. George Stations" 
  6. ^ Toronto Transit Commission. "New Subway Station Signage on the TTC". YouTube. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to St. George Station at Wikimedia Commons