Wilson (TTC)

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Wilson
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Wilson Station Platform.jpg
Location 570 Wilson Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°44′03″N 79°27′00″W / 43.73417°N 79.45000°W / 43.73417; -79.45000Coordinates: 43°44′03″N 79°27′00″W / 43.73417°N 79.45000°W / 43.73417; -79.45000
Platforms centre platform
Tracks 2
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Construction
Structure type at grade
Parking 2257 spaces[1]
Architect TTC in-house architects[2]
History
Opened 28 January 1978
Traffic
Passengers (2012-13[3]) 23,420
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
Terminus
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch

Wilson is a subway station on the Yonge–University line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the median of Allen Road at Wilson Avenue.

History[edit]

Wilson Station was opened in what was then the Borough of North York as the last station in the 1978 subway line extension north from St. George Station. The station and the street are named in honour of Norman D. Wilson, Toronto-based transportation engineer.

Wilson was the north-western terminus of the Yonge–University line for eighteen years and a major hub for TTC bus service, but with the extension to Downsview Station in 1996, many of the bus routes were moved from the station.[4]

Architecture and art[edit]

Canyons wall sculpture by Ted Bieler

Wilson is one of two Yonge–University line stations on the west side of the line, along with St. Clair West, that was designed by the TTC's in-house architects.[5]

The subway station building is a simple enclosed concrete structure built within the median of Allen Road where it crosses over Wilson Avenue. The mezzanine level connects by a maze of tunnels to the bus terminal, a kiss-and-ride facility and four commuter parking lots with a total of 2257 spaces.[1] An additional island bus platform, no longer needed for the reduced number of connecting buses after the line was extended to Downsview Station,[4] was mothballed and now serves as a storage area.

A wall sculpture by Ted Bieler entitled Canyons[6] is located at the mezzanine level.

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

Northwest of the station is the Wilson Complex, opened in 1977, which houses the system's largest subway marshalling yard having taken over Yonge-University line operations from Davisville yard in 1993 and a large bus garage servicing most of the bus routes in north Toronto.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby landmarks include the southern end of Downsview Park (formerly Downsview Airport); large events at the park, such as visits by the Pope John Paul II and benefit concerts, have resulted in heavy use of this station.

Tenants[edit]

Surface connections[edit]

Wilson station bus terminal
29C to Exhibition (Princes' Gates)
96A to Carrier Drive via Kipling Avenue and John Garland Boulevard
96B to Humberline Drive and Albion Road
96C to Thistle Down Boulevard via Albion Road
96D to Carrier Drive and Westmore Drive
96E to Humber College (Express service) - terminates here eastbound
96G to Torbarrie and Clayson (rush hour service)
165A to Steeles Avenue
165C to Wonderland Terminal (Canada's Wonderland Seasonal)
165D to Major Mackenzie (Extra fare required north of Steeles Avenue)
165F to Canada Drive (Extra fare required north of Steeles Avenue)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Parking". Wilson Station. Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 2012. 
  2. ^ http://archindont.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ArchindontWeb/buildingType.do?type=Subway+Stations&typeID=112
  3. ^ "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 
  4. ^ a b Bow, James. "Downsview Station". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  5. ^ Robert Moffatt (28 October 2010). "Art and architecture on the Spadina subway". Toronto Modern. Retrieved August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Canyons". Ted Bieler. Dittwald Toronto Sculpture. Retrieved August 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Wilson Station at Wikimedia Commons