|Address||1 Yorkdale Road, Yorkdale Shopping Centre|
|Structure type||at grade|
|Parking||1144 spaces, closing January 2014|
|Opened||28 January 1978|
|Presto card||Since 16 March 2012|
Yorkdale is a station on the Yonge–University–Spadina line of the subway system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on William R. Allen Road just south of Highway 401. It opened in 1978 in what was then the Borough of North York, and was named for the nearby Yorkdale Shopping Centre, to which it connects by an enclosed walkway. Connections are available to GO Transit buses (as well as Greyhound and airport shuttles) at Yorkdale Bus Terminal at the south east corner. 1144 parking spaces are also available for commuters.
- Yorkdale Mall west entrance, next to Yorkdale Bus Terminal
- Ranee and Allen Road south entrance
- Onramp to Highway 401 and Allen Road
Architecture and art
Yorkdale was designed by Arthur Erickson. The station is above ground, and also above street level. It has two tracks: northbound and southbound. A dramatic vaulted glass roof spans the length of the single centre platform. It terminates symmetrically at escalators and stairs at both ends of the platform, creating the appearance of a glass dome. The interior walls of the station at platform level are unfinished concrete, but artistically cast, and curve over the tracks to form the ceiling. The shape of the windows on these walls recalls the oval windows of subway trains. On the exterior, these concrete walls are clad with stainless steel.
Handrails on stairs leading to the platform are backlit. Platform shelters are unique to the station, designed in the oval shape which dominates many features in the station, with large windows. Like the centre pillars which hold X-shaped structural supports—distinctive in Toronto's rapid transit system to the station—they are clad in unpainted metal panels.
The station's glass roof originally featured an artwork by Michael Hayden—also responsible for the Sky's the Limit installation at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport—called Arc en ciel (French for "rainbow"). This piece consisted of a large number of mercury-vapor lamps painted in various colours that would light in a pattern, running along the station in the appropriate direction whenever a train went through. In the mid-1990s, it stopped working because of damaged transformers caused by water leakage. Each transformer would have cost just $28 to repair at the time; however, because the TTC had not budgeted for its continued maintenance, it was removed at the artist's request.
At a TTC meeting in September 2010, a deal was made for Oxford Properties, owner of Yorkdale Mall which connects to the station, to pay for the restoration of the installation. The plan calls for the rebuilt piece to use LED lights, allowing for a broader range and customization of colours and patterns. Hayden requested that a maintenance contract be included, and for the piece installed by a Toronto-based company. The cost of such a reinstallation is not known (the original installation cost $100,000).
Subway infrastructure in the vicinity
South of Yorkdale station, Allen Road descends into a shallow open cut below the surrounding ground level, and the subway descends with it until Eglinton West Station. North of Yorkdale the tracks remain elevated and cross Highway 401 to Wilson Station.
The late 2013 the entrance at Ranee Avenue is being altered with the south and north driveways being removed and curb being added to run parallel with the support pillars. In future bus will no longer drop passengers off directly at the doors. This project is in conjunction with resurfacing of Ranee to remove asbestos and the future construction of residential buildings along Allen Road on the south side of Ranee.
In January 2014 the parking structure connected to the subway, which can accommodate 1144 cars, will be demolished for mall expansion and future parking structure will replace it in fall of 2015.
A transfer is required to connect between the subway system and these surface routes:
- Route 47: Lansdowne - North entrance
- 47B to Queen via Bridgeland and Caledonia
- 47C to Queen via Orfus and Caledonia
- Route 109: Ranee - South entrance
- 109 to Neptune
- 109B to Neptune via Marlee & Flemington
Yorkdale in the movies
- "TTC Yorkdale Commuter Parking Lot To Close Temporarily". TTC. November 5, 2013. Retrieved November 2013.
- "Subway ridership, 2011-2012". 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"
- Arthur Erickson - awards
- Derek Flack (4 November 2010). "Michael Hayden's Arc en ciel might return to Yorkdale Station". blogTO. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- Derek Flack (7 November 2010). "Sunday Supplement: Was John Tory conned out of the mayoral race?, pedestrian safety meets fashion disaster, Bloor Street open for business and memories of a Toronto igloo". blogTO. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
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