Islington station (Toronto)

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TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Islington TTC Station.jpg
Location1226 Islington Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates43°38′43″N 79°31′28″W / 43.64528°N 79.52444°W / 43.64528; -79.52444Coordinates: 43°38′43″N 79°31′28″W / 43.64528°N 79.52444°W / 43.64528; -79.52444
PlatformsCentre platform
Structure typeUnderground
Parking977 spaces
Disabled accessNo
OpenedMay 10, 1968 (1968-05-10)
Passengers (2016[1])40,250
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Bloor–Danforth
toward Kennedy

Islington is a subway station on Line 2 Bloor–Danforth in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on the north side of Bloor Street West on the west side of Islington Avenue. A central platform serves trains running in both directions.


Islington station opened in 1968 in what was then the Borough of Etobicoke as the western terminus of the Bloor–Danforth line, and became a through station in 1980 when the line was extended to Kipling.

Until 1973, TTC buses and subway trains serving the station were in separate fare zones and so turnstiles and collector booths were placed between bus bays and subway platforms. The fare barrier was reconfigured after the zones were abolished to put the bus bays inside the fare-paid zone, and its layout was simplified in a later renovation.

However, the bus bays have also been used by non-TTC buses. In the early years some Gray Coach long-distance services called at Islington, and the Airport Express, also then operated by Gray Coach, had an Islington station route. MiWay (Mississauga) buses, which at first stopped outside the station, began using several of the bus bays after they were no longer needed for TTC buses once Kipling station opened.

Station description[edit]

The station is located on the northwest side of Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue, and is built on three levels. Street level is where all three parking lots, all three entrances, as well as where the bus platform is located. The entrances to the station can be found at the main parking, and at the east and west sides of Islington Avenue respectively.[2]

Below street level is the concourse and collector, which provides stair access to the bus platforms above it. The subway platforms are underneath the concourse and collector level. There are no elevators in this station, which it is not accessible for persons with physical disabilities.


Four parking lots serve Islington station, providing a total of 1,569 spaces: The main lot beside the station northwest of Bloor Street at Islington has 543 spaces; north of the railway tracks at Cordova Avenue there are 473 spaces; at the north end of Lomond Drive there are 283 spaces; and the newest lot beside the railway tracks on the south side of Bloor Street off Fieldway Road has 270 spaces.[3]

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

Signal at the east end of the platform

Between this station and Royal York station to the east, the line exits the tunnel at the Montgomery Portal to cross Mimico Creek by bridge, and then returns underground at the Aberfoyle Portal.

This is one of only three stations in the subway system where a track signal is publicly accessible (the others being Union and Davisville). The signal is at the east end of the platform and guards the switches for trains turning back eastbound from the westbound platform.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Sun Life Financial Centre, at 3300 Bloor St. West, has direct access to the station[4] on the east side of Islington Avenue and the neighbourhood of Islington Village is short distance north of the station at Dundas Street West.

Surface connections[edit]

The outdated covered bus terminal at Islington station is similar to that of Warden station and the original structure at Victoria Park station

The station is served by both TTC and MiWay bus routes. As MiWay buses have separate fares from the TTC, but the bus bays are located inside the fare-paid area, buses unload on-street outside the station entrance, and use the bus bays only for boarding. This is one of only three subway stations, the others being Don Mills and Sheppard West, where other transit agency's buses are boarded within the TTC bus terminal rather than at a separate facility.

A new regional bus terminal is currently under construction at the adjacent Kipling station that will move all MiWay connections from Islington to Kipling station.[5]

Toronto Transit Commission[edit]

Buses are accessed via the bus terminal. During the overnight hours when the subway is not running, an on-street transfer between buses is required. TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
37A Islington Northbound to Woodbine Centre and Humberwood Boulevard via Rexdale Boulevard
37B Northbound to Steeles Avenue West
50 Burnhamthorpe Westbound to Mill Road
110A Islington South Southbound to Long Branch Loop via Horner Avenue and Browns Line
110B Southbound to Long Branch Loop via Horner Avenue and 30th Street
(Rush hour service)
110C Southbound to Lake Shore Boulevard
937 Islington Express Northbound to Steeles Avenue West
(Rush hour service)
337 Islington Blue Night service; Northbound to Steeles Avenue West and southbound to Lake Shore Boulevard
(On-street transfer)


MiWay (Mississauga Transit) buses waiting at Islington station

All routes are wheelchair-accessible (Handicapped/disabled access). While Islington station is the property of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), it connects to more MiWay bus routes than TTC bus routes. It is the second-busiest terminal for MiWay, and the largest and busiest outside of Mississauga.

Route Destination Frequency Bus Bay[6]
1 Dundas To Vega Boulevard All week E
1C To South Common Centre
via University of Toronto at Mississauga
3 Bloor To Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal All week B
11 Westwood To Westwood Mall All week B
11A Mon–Sat at peak
11B Peak
20 Rathburn To Erindale GO
via City Centre Terminal
All week C
26 Burnhamthorpe To South Common Centre
via City Centre Terminal (weekends)
All week D
35 Eglinton To Ninth Line All week A
35A To Tenth Line Peak
57 Courtneypark To Meadowvale Town Centre
via Pearson Airport Cargo Area
Peak B
70 Keaton To Milverton Drive AM Peak C
71 Sheridan–Subway To Sheridan Centre AM Peak C
76 City Centre–Subway To City Centre Terminal Mon–Fri D
101 Dundas Express To South Common Centre
via University of Toronto at Mississauga
Mon–Sat E
101A To Vega Boulevard
via University of Toronto at Mississauga
108 Meadowvale Business Express To Meadowvale Business Park
via Highway 401
AM Peak D
109 Meadowvale Express To Meadowvale Town Centre
via City Centre Terminal
All week A

Station modernization[edit]

The TTC had plans to renovate this station, as part of their station improvement project in 2008. The key improvements listed as part of the project included the demolition of the current bus terminal and construction of a new, wheelchair-accessible one on the north side of the station, easier access plans, a new entrance with public art, a new passenger pick up and drop off area, and overall modernization. An open house was held on April 22, 2008, and the scheduled completion time was 2011–2012, but work is still far from finished.[7] A completion date has not been released, and is being pushed further into the future as time goes by.[8]


  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. ^ "TTC Islington Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  3. ^ Islington Station: Parking
  4. ^ "Oxford Toronto Property Network" (PDF). Oxford Property Group. Retrieved July 9, 2017. Sun Life Financial Centre is a prestigious Class "A" asset, totalling 844,818 sq. ft. in a prime location situated at the intersection of Bloor and Islington. Three office towers are linked with a retail concourse of multiple retailers, a fitness centre and food court. This west end office complex also features direct access to the subway.
  5. ^ White, Craig (August 5, 2010). "Kipling Subway Station's East Entrance On Its Way". Urban Toronto. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  6. ^ "Islington Bus Bay Map" (PDF). MiWay. Islington and Bloor. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  7. ^ "TTC Open House for Islington Station Improvements Project". Toronto Transit Commission. April 21, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "Toronto Transit Commission Report (Islington Station – Temporary Bus Terminal)" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. November 18, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Islington station at Wikimedia Commons