Dundas station (Toronto)

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TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Dundas Platform 02.jpg
Location3 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates43°39′23″N 79°22′51″W / 43.65639°N 79.38083°W / 43.65639; -79.38083Coordinates: 43°39′23″N 79°22′51″W / 43.65639°N 79.38083°W / 43.65639; -79.38083
PlatformsSide platforms
Structure typeUnderground
Disabled accessYes
OpenedMarch 30, 1954 (1954-03-30)
Passengers (2018[1])73,560
Rank7th of 75
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Vaughan
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch

Dundas is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[2] It is located at the intersection of Yonge Street and Dundas Street. Wi-Fi service is available at this station.[3]


Dundas Station opened in 1954 as part of the original stretch of the Yonge subway line from Union to Eglinton station. The original address, 300 Yonge Street, is still commonly used in TTC system maps.

On September 27, 1997, 23-year-old Charlene Minkowski was killed when she was pushed onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train at Dundas by Herbert Cheoung, a diagnosed schizophrenic. Cheoung was given a sentence which included no parole for 15 years.[4]

In 2002, this station became accessible with elevators.

On August 4, 2014, 44-year-old Arshad Sajid sexually assaulted a female TTC transit ambassador just after 3:25 pm. Transit Enforcement Officers were dispatched and the suspect was found in the station. He pleaded guilty, sentenced to 45 days in jail, and has an 18-month ban from riding the subway. He has also been fined $200 for the act, and $250 in compensation to the victim.[5]

Station description[edit]

Entrance from Toronto Eaton Centre

The station is located under Yonge Street at Dundas Street and is built on three levels, with entrances on every corner of the intersection. and all being accessible except for the northwest one, which is a sidewalk staircase at the Atrium on Bay. The southeast, southwest, and northeast entrances are located at Yonge Dundas Square, in the Eaton Centre and at 10 Dundas East inside the Cineplex Cinemas building respectively. All elevators that connect the entrance to the station are not provided by the TTC, but by the respective managements.

Dundas is the only station in Toronto where the northbound and southbound platforms are in separate fare-paid areas, owing to the constrained space and difficult geology at this location. Separate street entrances had to be used for each direction until the Eaton Centre was built, at which time a tunnel was constructed under the tracks outside the fare-paid areas, which is considered the third level. If on the wrong platform, passengers (including Presto card holders) can take a transfer from the transfer machines available on the platform, exit the station, and re-enter the station on the other platform by showing the collector at the booth the transfer obtained.

The station has underground connections to the Toronto Eaton Centre, 10 Dundas East and the Atrium on Bay, and is one of five stations connected to PATH.

Architecture and art[edit]

The station features William McElcheran's Cross Section, located by the northwest entrance and along the under-platform crosswalk. It depicts a vibrant urban scene of pets, shoppers, businessmen and other commuters. The piece was created out of terra cotta and fired in two-foot-square tiles.[6]

Mural of people meeting
Mural of dogs meeting
Two sections of William McElcheran's mural Cross Section, showing people and dogs

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

North of the station, the subway continues to travel through its tunnels underneath Yonge Street, passing over a double crossover,[7] before entering College station. South of the station, it continues underneath Yonge Street, over Lower Queen station, before fully entering Queen station.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby landmarks include Dundas Square, the north end of the Eaton Centre, the Toronto Coach Terminal, Toronto City Hall, the Ed Mirvish Theatre, and 10 Dundas East. Buildings on the campus of Ryerson University surround the station to west, north and east. Nearby public art galleries include the Ryerson Image Centre and Gallery Arcturus.

Surface connections[edit]

A 505 Dundas streetcar by the station entrance

A transfer is required to connect between the subway system and these surface routes:

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
97B Yonge Northbound to York Mills station and southbound to Queens Quay
320 Blue Night service; Northbound to Steeles Avenue and southbound to Queens Quay
505 Dundas Streetcar; Eastbound to Broadview station and westbound to Dundas West station


  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2018" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved February 5, 2019. 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. ^ "TTC Dundas Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  3. ^ "Wi-fi Now Available At". TCONNECT. Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2015. Each of the 65 underground stations will have wireless and Wi-Fi service by 2017
  4. ^ "Man pleads guilty to Toronto subway murder". CBC News. December 1, 1998. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  5. ^ "Man sentenced to jail, banned from subway for assaulting TTC employee". Toronto Transit Commission. August 22, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  6. ^ McIlveen, Eli (December 17, 2006). "Art on the TTC". Transit Toronto. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  7. ^ Grills, Wendy (February 25, 2011). "Why the Yonge subway is closing again". Toronto Star. Retrieved August 19, 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Dundas station at Wikimedia Commons