Ellesmere station

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Ellesmere
TTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg
Ellesmere Station TTC.jpg
Location1025 Ellesmere Road
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°46′01″N 79°16′35″W / 43.76694°N 79.27639°W / 43.76694; -79.27639Coordinates: 43°46′01″N 79°16′35″W / 43.76694°N 79.27639°W / 43.76694; -79.27639
PlatformsSide platforms
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeAt grade
Parking68 spaces
Disabled accessNo
History
OpenedMarch 22, 1985 (1985-03-22)
Traffic
Passengers (2016[1])1,760
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Kennedy
TTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg Scarborough
toward McCowan

Ellesmere is a station on Line 3 Scarborough of the Toronto subway. It is located at Ellesmere Road, between Kennedy Road and Midland Avenue.[2]

Ellesmere is the least-used station on the entire TTC network. On average, only 1,850 passengers boarded trains here each day in 2006–2007 and only 1,678 in 2007–2008.[3] Part of the reason for this is that there are no bus bays or at least a direct connection to any bus stop at the station; passengers would have to walk to the nearest bus stop on Ellesmere Road.

The future of the station is still in question, as many proposals have been made about either the extension of Line 2 Bloor–Danforth or a light rail transit replacement for Line 3. If a subway is to be built, it would involve the elimination of this station, along with Midland, McCowan, and Lawrence East stations.[4][5]

History[edit]

Ellesmere station opened in 1985, along with the rest of Line 3.

Station description[edit]

The station is located underneath the elevated section of Ellemere Road, in the Kennedy Road and Midland Avenue corridor. The station is fairly small, and is similar in appearance with Lawrence East station. It is built on two levels, with the ground level being the RT platforms, and the single entrance and collector underneath it.

The entrance can be accessed from either side of the station through two sets of stairs, from either Kennedy Road or Midland Avenue via Service Road. Since entering the station requires the use of stairs, this station is not accessible whatsoever.

Parking[edit]

A commuter parking lot is located just east of the station, also underneath the elevated section of Ellesmere Road. As of 1 January 2012, the daily rate of parking from 5:00 am to 2:00 am is $3.00 on weekdays, while in the afternoon and evening rate from 3:00 pm and later is $2.00. The parking is free during weekends and statutory holidays. The capacity of the parking lot is 68 spots.[6]

Rapid transit infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

North of this station, the line turns 90° east, dipping briefly into a tunnel to cross underneath the nearby GO train tracks, then rising to an elevated structure for the remainder of its route towards Midland station. South of the station, the line continues to travel at ground level alongside the GO train tracks for the remainder of the route towards Lawrence East station.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby the station is the Roadsport Honda dealership and the former Scarborough Public Library HQ.

Surface connections[edit]

Ellesmere station is the eastern terminus for the route 95C (rush hour service). The other routes use curbside stops on the street,[2] and a transfer is required to connect between train and bus routes.

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
95A/B/C York Mills Westbound to York Mills station
95A Eastbound to Kingston Road
95B Eastbound to U of T Scarborough
995 York Mills Express Eastbound to U of T Scarborough and westbound to York Mills station
(Rush hour service)
395 York Mills Blue Night service; Eastbound to Meadowvale Road and Sheppard Avenue East and westbound to York Mills station

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ a b "TTC Ellesmere Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.toronto.ca/ttc/pdf/subway_ridership06_07.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.scarboroughsubwayextension.ca/index.html
  5. ^ "Toronto Transit Commission Report - Scarborough RT Strategic Plan" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  6. ^ "TTC Ellesmere Station - Parking". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 22 August 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Ellesmere station at Wikimedia Commons