Eglinton (TTC)

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Not to be confused with Eglinton GO Station.
Eglinton
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Eglinton Station Platform 02.jpg
Location 2190 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°42′21″N 79°23′54″W / 43.70583°N 79.39833°W / 43.70583; -79.39833Coordinates: 43°42′21″N 79°23′54″W / 43.70583°N 79.39833°W / 43.70583; -79.39833
Platforms Centre platform
Tracks 2
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Construction
Structure type Underground
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened 30 March 1954 (1954-03-30)
Traffic
Passengers (2014[1]) 77,530
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Downsview
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch
toward Mount Dennis
TTC - Line 5.svg Eglinton
Opens 2021
toward Kennedy

Eglinton is a subway station on the Yonge–University line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue West. It is one of the larger stations of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), with several shops located on the concourse level. It is the busiest station that is not a line terminus or a major transfer point with another line or transit system.

The station is on three levels, all six entrances are scattered throughout the street level in the surrounding area of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, the concourse and collector is on the second level, and the subway platform is on the lower level.[2]

Overview[edit]

The tracks approach the station from the south in open cut before going underground at the Berwick Portal, immediately before the station. Here the tracks divide sharply to go either side of the island platform. North of the station the line swings to the east, to run directly under Yonge Street in a bored tunnel.

This station is used as a switchover point for subways operators who are coming off or coming on their shift. There are sometimes slight delays at this station as subway operators are being changed.[citation needed]

Nearby destinations include Eglinton Park, TVOntario studios, head offices of the Canadian Tire Corporation, the Yonge-Eglinton Centre, Minto Midtown, and the Canada Square Complex which is built directly over the station.

Tourists staying in downtown Toronto wishing to travel to the Ontario Science Centre usually take the subway to this station and take the 34 Eglinton East bus to Don Mills Road to reach the destination.

Entrances[edit]

There are seven entrances to the station in the surrounding area:[2]

  • an entrance at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue (Canada Square)
  • an accessible, automatic entrance at Yonge Street, north of Berwick Avenue, which leads directly to the subway platform level
  • an entrance on the northwest corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue
  • an entrance at 2300 Yonge Street via the food court level of the Yonge Eglinton Centre
  • an entrance at the northeast corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, at the TD Bank (closed from 2014-2018 due to construction and relocation of the entrance)
  • an entrance at the southeast corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, at the CIBC
  • an automatic entrance at Eglinton Avenue west near Duplex Avenue (also closed from 2004-2020 for demolition of the old bus bays and the building of a new bus terminal)

History[edit]

Eglinton Station opened in 1954 as the northern terminus of the original Yonge subway line. All of the stations on this section of the line used similar vitreous marble wall tiles, with variations in colour schemes. Eglinton is the only one to retain its original tiles, which had not deteriorated, unlike the other stations.

In 2004, this station became accessible with elevators.

Metrolinx is building the new Eglinton Crosstown line, running along Eglinton Avenue from Mount Dennis to Kennedy Station, passing through Eglinton Station and Eglinton West Station on the way.

As part of the work to connect the Crosstown platform, it has been proposed that the current Yonge-line platform be shifted approximately 70m northward of its current location; this will allow smoother flows of passenger traffic between the platforms, and avoid a situation where all transferring passengers are bottlenecked by only one transfer path, similar to the busy Bloor-Yonge station.[3]

Original open air bus platforms were reached by individual stairwells from the concourse
New bus bay area is located at ground level under the Canada Square building

Surface connections[edit]

5B to Gerrard Street
  • 32A Eglinton West to Renforth Drive and Skymark Avenue
32C to Lawrence Avenue West at Jane Street via Trethewey Drive
54B to Orton Park Drive
  • 56A Leaside to Donlands Station
  • 61 Avenue Rd North to Highway 401
  • 97+ Yonge (Northbound and southbound routes use stops on either side of Yonge Street and do not enter the station)
  • 320 Blue Night Yonge northbound to Steeles Avenue and southbound to Queens Quay (Northbound and southbound routes use stops on either side of Yonge Street and do not enter the station)
320A northbound to York Mills Station and southbound to Queens Quay
  • 332 Blue Night Eglinton West to Pearson Airport
  • 334 Blue Night Eglinton East to Finch Avenue and Neilson Road via Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue
  • 354 Blue Night Lawrence East to Starspray Boulevard

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2014" (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. ^ a b "TTC Eglinton Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Munro, Steve. "Crosstown LRT Interchanges with the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway". Archived from the original on 2015-03-04. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Eglinton (TTC) at Wikimedia Commons