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Don Mills
TTC - Line 4 - Sheppard line.svg
Toronto TTC train at rest at Don Mills station.png
Location 1700 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°46′32″N 79°20′47″W / 43.77556°N 79.34639°W / 43.77556; -79.34639Coordinates: 43°46′32″N 79°20′47″W / 43.77556°N 79.34639°W / 43.77556; -79.34639
Platforms Centre platform
Tracks 2
Connections
Construction
Structure type Underground
Parking 366 spaces[1]
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened November 24, 2002 (2002-11-24)
Traffic
Passengers (2016[2]) 32,310
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
TTC - Line 4 - Sheppard line.svg SheppardTerminus

Don Mills is a subway station, which is the eastern terminus of Line 4 Sheppard in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The station is located at the northeast corner of Sheppard Avenue East and Don Mills Road, within the residential communities of Don Valley Village and Henry Farm, adjacent to Fairview Mall shopping centre. The station is located close to the Highway 401, Highway 404, and Don Valley Parkway. Other nearby landmarks include Fairview Mall, Georges Vanier Secondary School, and the Fairview district branch of the Toronto Public Library.

History[edit]

The station opened in 2002 as part of the original Line 4. A plaque located at the platform level commemorates John Marinzel, a worker who died on April 18, 2001, of injuries sustained in an accident during the construction of the station.[3] A Vivastation for the Viva Green line of York Region's Viva Rapid Transit system opened on October 16, 2005.[4]

Description[edit]

Like all stations on the Sheppard line, Don Mills is fully accessible. The station is equipped with three elevators connecting the concourse level with the bus platforms and two street entrances, and a single elevator between the island train platform and the concourse. Stairs and escalators provide regular pedestrian access between all levels.[5]

There are three accessible entrances around the Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue intersection. Two of the entrances are on the northeast and southeast sides of Sheppard Avenue, respectively, and one automatic entrance in the parking garage at Fairview Mall near the Sears entrance.[6]

Above the bus terminal, on the street level, is a multi-storey public parking lot, providing 366 parking spaces for commuters. Parking costs $7 from 5:00am to 9:30am and is free after 9:30am and all day on weekends and holidays. TTC commuter spaces are restricted to levels 4 and 5 as the lower floors are for mall patrons only.[1]

Outside the parking lot, next to a manned pedestrian entrance to the station, is a passenger pick-up area with 18 temporary parking spaces.

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

Don Mills station south side tail track

As this is a terminal station, there is a diamond crossover to the west of the platform for arriving trains to cross over to the westbound track, and for departing trains on the eastbound track to cross to the westbound track. There are also tail tracks beyond the east end of the platform. However, unlike the case with other terminal stations where the tail tracks are at least as long as a standard six-car train for overnight storage, those at Don Mills are only about two cars in length. This is likely because storage capacity is available at Sheppard–Yonge, which can store enough trains to service the line.

Architecture and art[edit]

Tiles on the concourse level
Inlay of a fossil fish embedded in the terrazzo floor

The station was designed by Stevens Group Architects,[7] who also built Sheppard West and Bayview stations.

There are two pieces of public art in the station. The piece before / after: 1997 / 2002 spans the concourse and platform levels in the station. Created by Toronto artist Stephen Cruise, it consists of tile work on walls and inlays on the terrazzo floors:

  • On the concourse level, the tilework on walls represents the geologic strata through which the line travels, plus graphical depictions of local flora and fauna.
  • On the concourse and platform levels, bronze inlays in the floor depict fossils of fish, turtles, and leaves found on the site; the Sheppard line is also depicted in an abstract form on the floor.

Outside the station (on the north side of Don Mills Road, south of the bus entrance) is a tribute to Northern Dancer, a famous racehorse foaled at E. P. Taylor's Windfields Farm, which was then located on “nearby” Bayview Avenue.

Surface connections[edit]

Don Mills station has a bus terminal which is also underground. It allows for connection to both TTC bus routes and York Region Transit (YRT) routes.

Toronto Transit Commission routes[edit]

When the subway is closed, passengers may board buses at the intersection of Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue. This is an on-street transfer, and a paper transfer is required for connection.

Route Name Additional Information
10 Van Horne Eastbound to Victoria Park Avenue
24B Victoria Park Southbound to Victoria Park station via Consumers Road
25A Don Mills Northbound to Steeles Avenue East and southbound to Pape station
25B Southbound to Pape station
25C Northbound to Steeles Avenue East
85 Sheppard East Eastbound to Meadowvale Road
85A Eastbound to Rouge Hill GO Station
85B Eastbound to Toronto Zoo
85D Eastbound to Rouge Hill GO Station via Toronto Zoo
85J Westbound to Sheppard–Yonge station
167A Pharmacy North Northbound to Steeles Avenue East via Consumers Road
167B Northbound to Steeles Avenue East
169A Huntingwood Eastbound to Scarborough Centre station via Van Horne Avenue
169B Eastbound to Scarborough Centre station
185 Don Mills Rocket Northbound to Steeles Avenue East and southbound to Pape station
(Express service)
190 Scarborough Centre Rocket Eastbound to Scarborough Centre station
(Express service)
325 Don Mills Blue Night service; Northbound to Steeles Avenue East and southbound to Eastern Avenue
(On-street transfer)
385 Sheppard East Blue Night service; Eastbound to Meadowvale Road and westbound to Sheppard-Yonge station
(On-street transfer)

York Region Transit routes[edit]

A Vivastation located outside the station

York Region Transit vehicles drops passengers off outside of the station. The bus stops within the terminal are for passenger pick up only. This is to ensure passengers pay a separate fare for utilizing TTC services. This is one of only three subway stations, the others being Islington and Sheppard West, where boarding for other transit agency's buses is done within the TTC bus terminal rather than at a separate facility.

Route Name Additional Information
24 Woodbine to Honda Canada
90 Leslie to Richmond Green Secondary School
90B to 16th Avenue via East Beaver Creek (AM)

to Highway 7 via East Beaver Creek (PM)

Viva Green to Highway 7 at McCowan Road

Prior proposals[edit]

As part of the Transit City plan, the TTC proposed the construction of the Sheppard LRT (light rail transit) line to connect Don Mills station to Sheppard East station on the proposed extension of Line 3 Scarborough. This replaced previous plans to extend Line 4 Sheppard to Scarborough Centre station on Line 3.

The Transit City plan included an LRT along Don Mills Road from Pape station on Line 2 Bloor–Danforth through Don Mills station to Steeles Avenue. However, the transit line, along with other Transit City lines, was cancelled by Rob Ford when he became mayor in December 2010.[8]

In a 2015 study, one of the options for a proposed Toronto relief line connected to Don Mills Station.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "TTC Don Mills Station Parking". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Subway ridership, 2016" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 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. 
  3. ^ Certificate of Amendments
  4. ^ YRT Viva Route Map
  5. ^ Plan for Don Mills Station
  6. ^ "TTC Don Mills Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Board Meetings
  8. ^ "Rob Ford: 'Transit City is over' | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-05-27. 
  9. ^ "Yonge Relief Network Study (YRNS)" (PDF). Metrolinx. June 25, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2018. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Don Mills Station at Wikimedia Commons