Castle Frank (TTC)

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Castle Frank
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Castle Frank Station.jpg
Location 600 Bloor Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°40′25″N 79°22′08″W / 43.67361°N 79.36889°W / 43.67361; -79.36889Coordinates: 43°40′25″N 79°22′08″W / 43.67361°N 79.36889°W / 43.67361; -79.36889
Platforms side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Construction
Structure type underground
History
Opened 25 February 1966
Traffic
Passengers (2013[1]) 7,830
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Kipling
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Bloor–Danforth
toward Kennedy

Castle Frank is a subway station on the Bloor–Danforth line in Toronto, Canada. It is located at the northwest corner of Bloor Street East and Castle Frank Road.

Without any major commercial, industrial or entertainment destinations, the station primarily serves the residents of South Rosedale within walking distance, and St. James Town and Cabbagetown by way of the 65 Parliament and 94 Wellesley bus routes. Nearby landmarks include Rosedale Heights School of the Arts and St. James Cemetery.

Entrances[edit]

The entrance to the station is located on the corner of Castle Frank Road and Bloor Street East.

The station was rated as high priority in the requirement for a second exit[2] which, although scheduled to be finished by January, 2010,[3] finally opened in December 2012 after many delays.[4] This project still did not make the station accessible although the stairs give subway riders a direct connection to the bus bays. Only an exit is provided through turnstile gates, without any way to get into the station using a pass or token that is available at the secondary entrance to many other stations.

The much delayed second exit, which finally opened in 2012

History[edit]

Castle Frank historical marker

Castle Frank Station, opened in 1966, is named after the community that it serves. Its streets, and the brook that flows through it, are in turn named after John Graves Simcoe's summer residence in the area overlooking the Don River, which burned down in 1829.[5] The residence was named after his son Francis Simcoe. In 1954 a historical marker was placed in Prince Edward Viaduct Parkette, near the site of the historic Castle Frank residence, on the south side of Bloor Street at Castle Frank Road.

The Parliament streetcar operated to its northerly terminus at the Viaduct Loop until 1966. No consideration was given to construct the short connection, from that location at Bloor Street East and Parliament Street across the Rosedale Ravine, which would have made the streetcar route a genuine feeder line to the subway station.[6] The site of the steetcar loop is now Bloor - Parliament Parkette.[7]

Viaduct Loop in 1926 was a terminus for streetcars
Bloor-Parliament Parkette in 2013 has a bus stop beside it

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

Covered bridge spanning Rosedale Valley Road

East of the station, the line runs under Bloor Street to use the lower deck of the Prince Edward Viaduct. At the end of the Viaduct it swings to parallel Danforth Avenue on the north side. Immediately west of the station the line crosses the Rosedale Ravine in a covered concrete bridge then continues in a tunnel to Sherbourne station.

Surface connections[edit]

94B to Wellesley Station
  • 365 Blue Night Parliament to Esplanade

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2013" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 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. 
  2. ^ Richard C. Ducharme (April 14, 2004). "Fire Safety and Second Exits at Subway Stations". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved May 2013. 
  3. ^ Robert Mackenzie (August 9, 2008). "TTC building new exit at Castle Frank Station". Transit Toronto. Retrieved May 2013. 
  4. ^ Jack Lakey (7 September 2011). "No end of delays for Castle Frank TTC project". Toronto Star. Retrieved May 2013. 
  5. ^ Peppiatt, Liam. "Chapter 1B: Castle Frank". Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  6. ^ James Bow. "The Parliament Streetcar (Deceased)". Transit Toronto. Retrieved May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bloor - Parliament Parkette". Parks Listing. City of Toronto. Retrieved May 2013. 

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