Highway 407 station

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Highway 407
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
TTC Highway 407 Station Platform 1.jpg
Highway 407 station at platform level
Location 7332 Jane Street,
Vaughan, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°47′02″N 79°31′23″W / 43.78389°N 79.52306°W / 43.78389; -79.52306Coordinates: 43°47′02″N 79°31′23″W / 43.78389°N 79.52306°W / 43.78389; -79.52306
Platforms Centre platform
Tracks 2
Construction
Structure type Underground
Parking 600 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Architect Aedas
Architectural style Postmodern architecture
History
Opened December 17, 2017 (2017-12-17)[1]
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
Terminus
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch

Highway 407[2] is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University of the Toronto subway. It is located at the southwest corner of the Jane Street and Highway 407 interchange, in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. The station opened on December 17, 2017. It is one of two Toronto subway stations that are outside Toronto city proper.

Description[edit]

Highway 407 station fare concourse

The design team for the station was AECOM as the prime consultant, Aedas as design architect, and Parsons Brinckerhoff as design engineers.[3] The station is an intermodal transit facility providing connections between the Toronto subway system, GO Transit buses, York Region Transit and a future Highway 407 Transitway.[4] The station has a 600-space commuter parking lot and a large 18-bay surface regional bus terminal. This station has been engineered and positioned in conjunction with a proposed underground bus stop for the proposed Highway 407 Transitway.[5] The station has an open design, particularly to the east overlooking the Black Creek. Due to structural elements related to the water table, the centre platform has no columns, with all weight being transferred to the sides to counter buoyancy.[5]

Sky Ellipse glass panel artwork by David Pearl

Toronto artist David Pearl designed the artwork titled Sky Ellipse consisting of multi-coloured glass panels for the subway skylights and the western bus terminal glass facade. The panels show moving projections of colour. Sunlight filters down to platform level.[6][4][3]

The primary reason for locating a station in this area is to provide a link to the proposed 407 Transitway, which will be constructed on the south side of Highway 407 for much of that highway's length. GO Transit's busy 407 Express route already runs past this location, so passenger traffic at this station was anticipated to be high as soon as the station opened.

Fare collection and zone[edit]

As with all stations from Wilson north to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, legacy TTC fare media (tokens, tickets and Metropasses) are accepted at this station pending elimination, but they cannot be purchased by passengers, who otherwise need to pay exact change for cash fares. Presto cards can be purchased and loaded with funds for single rides or with TTC Metropasses for unlimited travel, using various automated machines at the station.[7]

To avoid the difficulty of implementing a payment-on-exit system, the station is part of the TTC's Toronto fare zone despite being located in York Region.[8] This is in contrast to TTC-contracted bus routes, where riders are required to pay extra fare when their bus crosses the municipal boundary at Steeles Avenue. This is analogous to the situation in 1968, when five subway stations opened outside the pre-amalgamation Toronto city limits in the TTC's "Zone 2" area at the time, yet no extra fare was required to reach those stations, although the Zone 2 fare was charged when transferring to connecting suburban bus routes.[9] Similarly, at this (as well as at the adjacent Vaughan Metropolitan Centre station), there are currently no free transfers to and from regional buses, which are the only surface routes serving it.

History[edit]

On November 27, 2009 the official groundbreaking ceremony was held for the subway extension, and major tunneling operations began in June 2011. The station opened on December 17, 2017.[10]

Highway 407 Bus Terminal[edit]

Highway 407 Bus Terminal
407 Terminal Interior.jpg
Owned by GO Transit
Bus routes
Bus stands 18
Bus operators York Region Transit logo.svg GO Transit logo.svg
Construction
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code GO Transit: 407T
Fare zone 19
History
Opened December 30, 2017 (2017-12-30)[11]

There are no connecting TTC buses at this station, but the regional bus terminal, located outside the station's fare-paid area, serves GO Transit and YRT bus routes.[12][13] It is the only regional bus terminal serving a TTC subway station that is part of the main station building and is the largest bus terminal in the GO Transit system with 18 bus bays (13 for GO Transit and 5 for YRT) plus 17 layover bays. It includes a GO customer service counter, Presto and GO ticket vending machines, and washrooms.[11] A $1.50 co-fare discount was introduced for Presto card users when transferring between GO Transit and the subway effective January 7, 2018.[14][15]

The following YRT routes serve the terminal:

Route Name Additional Information
20 Jane Northbound to Teston Road via Vaughan Metropolitan Centre station and Vaughan Mills Terminal, and southbound to Pioneer Village station
Mobility Plus Paratransit service transfer point—various destinations

The following GO routes serve the terminal. All buses serving it (except Route 40) continue southbound to terminate at York University:[16]

Route Name Additional Information
25F Waterloo/Mississauga Westbound to University of Waterloo
Friday & Sunday express
40 Hamilton/Richmond Hill Westbound to Hamilton GO Centre via Mississauga Transitway and Toronto Pearson International Airport and eastbound to Richmond Hill Centre
46 407 West Westbound to Oakville GO
47 Westbound to Hamilton GO Centre
47F Westbound to McMaster University
Seasonal express
48 Westbound to University of Guelph
48B Westbound to Meadowvale GO
Weekdays only
48F Westbound to University of Guelph
Sunday only express service

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beattie, Samantha; Spurr, Ben (December 16, 2017). "After delays, cost overruns, and tragedy, a subway to Vaughan is complete". thestar.com. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Toronto Transit Commission Report No" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "TYSSE: Highway 407 Station". UrbanToronto. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Highway 407 Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Highway 407 Station – Approval of Conceptual Design" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. November 17, 2009. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Dixon, Guy (September 29, 2017). "A subway station worth lingering in". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "New Customer Service Agents at TTC stations". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  8. ^ James Bow. "A Subway to York University and Beyond: North of Finch". Transit Toronto.
  9. ^ James Bow. "A History of Subways on Bloor and Queen Streets: Celebrating the Subway's first stop in the suburbs". Transit Toronto.
  10. ^ TYSSE Schedule Status Update
  11. ^ a b "Jane/407 GO Bus station". GO Transit. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  12. ^ Christie, Nathan (November 28, 2014). "Catching Up With TTC's Upcoming Highway 407 Station". Urban Toronto.
  13. ^ "TTC Line 1 Subway Extension". York Region Transit. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  14. ^ Janus, Andrea (October 6, 2017). "Cheaper fare coming for transit users who ride both TTC and GO". CBC News. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  15. ^ https://www.prestocard.ca/en/about/discounted-double-fare
  16. ^ "GO bus changes for York University starting December 30". GO Transit. Retrieved December 16, 2017. We are opening a new GO bus terminal at the new Highway 407 Station on the TTC Line 1 subway extension to give customers better connections. This means that, starting December 30, GO bus routes 25F, 46, 47, 47F, 48, 48B and 48F will now stop at this station on their way to or from York University.

External links[edit]

Media related to Highway 407 station at Wikimedia Commons