Wellesley (TTC)

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Wellesley
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
WellesleySubwayStation.jpg
Station statistics
Address 16 Wellesley Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°39′55″N 79°23′02″W / 43.66528°N 79.38389°W / 43.66528; -79.38389Coordinates: 43°39′55″N 79°23′02″W / 43.66528°N 79.38389°W / 43.66528; -79.38389
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Structure type underground
Platforms side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 30 March 1954
Presto card No
Traffic
Passengers (2012-13[1]) 24,340
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Downsview
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University–Spadina
toward Finch

Wellesley is a subway station on the Yonge–University–Spadina line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on Wellesley Street East, east of Yonge Street.

History[edit]

Wellesley Station opened in 1954 as part of the original stretch of the Yonge line from Union to Eglinton Station, and was listed as a heritage property by the City of Toronto in 1984.[2] The address given for this listing of 16 Wellesley Street East/15 Dundonald Street, which differs from the TTC address, more accurately describes the location of the station structure which runs between those streets, to the rear of the properties fronting on the east side of Yonge Street.

On February 6, 2006, the only baby to be born on the subway, Mary Kim of Scarborough, was delivered on the Wellesley platform. Her mother Sun Hee Paik took the subway with her family to St. Michael's Hospital from their Scarborough home. She did not make it to the downtown hospital, going into labour on the train. Her husband delivered the baby after they disembarked at Wellesley and Toronto EMS arrived later to help finish the birth and send the mother and child to St. Michael's. TTC officials later promised to provide Mary with lifetime transit access.[3]

Station description[edit]

This station is located on the north side of Wellesley Street East east of Yonge Street. It is built on two levels with the entrance and bus platform at street level and the subway platforms located on the lower level.[4] A Gateway Newstands can be found in the station.

Wellesley is the only downtown TTC subway station with only one street entrance, plans have been made to build a second exit on Dundonald Street. A second exit from the station was deemed necessary because it provides an additional way out of the station in case of an emergency. This second exit will include an automatic entrance into the station as well, and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2017.[5] Work on the station is already well under way.[6]

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

North of the station the tunnel was constructed by cut and cover into Bloor station, where it crosses over Yonge station on the Bloor–Danforth line. South of the station, the tunnel is mostly of a similar construction towards College station. The strip of land occupied by this section of the subway is distinguished by being used mainly for public parks or parking lots.

Surface connections[edit]

Station entrance and bus on route 94 Wellesley exiting the bus platform
94B eastbound to Castle Frank Station

Bus routes below can be boarded at a curbside stop with a valid transfer.

  • 97B Yonge northbound to York Mills Station
97B southbound to Queens Quay
  • 320 Blue Night Yonge northbound to Steeles Avenue
320A northbound to York Mills Station
320E northbound to Eglinton Station
320 southbound to Queens Quay

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. ^ Heritage Property Detail - 16 Wellesley St E., Wellesley Street Subway Station
  3. ^ "Woman gives birth on Toronto subway platform". CTV News. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  4. ^ "TTC Wellesley Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Wellesley Station Second Exit and Automatic Entrance". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "TTC Wellesley Station - Second Exit and Automatic Entrance". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Wellesley Station at Wikimedia Commons