Kennedy station

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TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg TTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg
Kennedy Station Entrance.jpg
Pedestrian entrance on the south service road of Eglinton Avenue
Location2455 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates43°43′57″N 79°15′49″W / 43.73250°N 79.26361°W / 43.73250; -79.26361Coordinates: 43°43′57″N 79°15′49″W / 43.73250°N 79.26361°W / 43.73250; -79.26361
PlatformsCentre platform (Line 2)
Side platforms (Line 3)
Tracks3 (2 on Line 2 and 1 for Line 3)
ConnectionsGO Transit logo.svg GO Stouffville logo.svg Kennedy GO Station
Structure typeUnderground (Line 2)
Elevated (Line 3)
Platform levels4
Parking1,135 spaces
Disabled accessYes
OpenedNovember 21, 1980 (1980-11-21) (Line 2)
March 22, 1985 (1985-03-22) (Line 3)
Passengers (2016[1])68,940 (Line 2)
32,090 (Line 3)
101,030 (Total)
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Kipling
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Bloor–DanforthTerminus
TerminusTTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg Scarborough
toward McCowan
toward Mount Dennis
TTC - Line 5.svg Eglinton
Opens 2021

Kennedy is both a terminal and interchange station on Line 2 Bloor–Danforth and Line 3 Scarborough of the Toronto subway system. Opened in 1980, it is located east of the Kennedy Road and Eglinton Avenue intersection.[2] With the adjacent Kennedy GO station on the Stouffville line of GO Transit, Kennedy is an intermodal transit hub and the fifth busiest station in the system, after Bloor–Yonge, St. George, Sheppard–Yonge, and Union, serving a total of approximately 101,030 customer trips a day.

The station's main complex consists of four floors with wheelchair accessible entrances. The ground level is the bus terminal surrounded with ten platforms that serve eleven Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus routes. Wi-Fi service is available at this station.[3]

The station is to be overhauled and expanded over the next decade as Line 3 will be decommissioned once the extension of Line 2 to Scarborough City Centre has been completed. Line 5 Eglinton, a light rail line under construction, will terminate at the station when its first phase opens in 2021.[4] The city's proposed commuter rail line is also planned to connect at Kennedy.

Station features[edit]

SRT leaving the station, showing the sharp curve that would complicate replacing the SRT with heavy rail

The station is located south of Eglinton Avenue, east of Kennedy Road. The station complex consists of four levels. The S-series trains of Line 3 Scarborough ascend via a bridge to the platform located at the top level of the station complex. The ground floor (third floor) consists of ten bus platforms surrounding the main building. Four satellite pedestrian entrances to the station can be found at the South Parking Lot, next to the Don Montgomery Community Centre, at the service road of Eglinton Avenue, and the passenger pick-up and drop-off roundabout on Transway Crescent. Below the ground level is the concourse that spans the length of the station, connecting to all pedestrian entrances. Below the concourse is the platform for subway trains on the Line 2 Bloor–Danforth.

Although Line 3 trains are bidirectionally-operated metro trains, the tracks for Line 3 extends beyond the top floor platform into an above-ground turning loop, similar to those found on the Toronto streetcar system. This was because Line 3 had been planned as a dedicated right-of-way streetcar line, rather than a metro line. As such, the top-floor platform was designed to operate streetcars. Line 3 was later built as a medium-capacity rail transport line to use the Intermediate Capacity Transit System train models built by Bombardier Transportation. The line began using two-car trains, which were able to travel along the turning loop, but was later converted to use four-car trains, which could not be operated along the tight loop. Thus, the use of the loop was discontinued after 1988, although the loop's bridge structure remains over the passenger pick-up and drop-off building. The station platform was reduced to a single track and began using the Spanish solution of unloading and boarding passengers at Kennedy. Original floor finishing and platform edge markings for the planned light rail can also be seen along the current tracks.

The original design was to have SRT trains loop at the west end of the station, but the single track now provides access to the trains from platforms on both sides.

Four park and ride lots, that have a combined total of 1135 spaces, are located around the station.

Line 5 construction[edit]

Kennedy station will be the eastern terminus of Line 5 Eglinton, now under construction. The Line 5 station will be underground, south of Eglinton Avenue East, and about 30 metres north of the Line 2 platforms.[5]

The main entrance to Kennedy station at the southwest corner of West Service Road and Transway Crescent has been demolished, and will be replaced by a new entrance to access the Line 5 concourse to be located one level above the Line 5 platforms. Two elevators will connect the Line 5 concourse to the Line 5 platform. Two north–south passages will connect the Line 5 concourse to the existing Line 2 concourse. There will be few changes to the Line 2 concourse. A secondary entrance on the east side of the existing GO rail corridor serves as the main entrance to the GO station.[5]

As part of a program to install artworks at major interchange stations along Line 5 Eglinton, Kennedy Station will feature a mural titled Reorganization of One Hedge by artist Dagmara Genda. The work will consist of photographs of leaves taken from the same hedge, that will be printed on the glass of a skylight.[6]

Surface connections[edit]

Bus platform level of the station

While the subway is closed, passengers may board buses outside the station near Transway Crescent. TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
12A Kingston Rd Westbound to Victoria Park station via Brimley and Variety Village
12B Westbound to Victoria Park station via Brimley Road
20 Cliffside Westbound to Main Street station
21A Brimley Northbound to Scarborough Centre station
21C Northbound to Steeles Avenue East via Scarborough Centre station
34A Eglinton East Westbound to Eglinton station
34B Westbound to Don Mills Road and Wynford Drive
(Saturday only)
43A Kennedy Northbound to Steeles Avenue East
43B Northbound to Scarborough Centre station via Progress Avenue
57 Midland Northbound to Steeles Avenue East
86A Scarborough Eastbound to Toronto Zoo
86B Eastbound to Highland Creek
86C Eastbound to Sheppard Avenue East
86D Eastbound to Beechgrove Drive via Lawrence Avenue East
113 Danforth Westbound to Main Street station
116A Morningside Eastbound to Conlins Road via Ellesmere Road
116B Eastbound to Kingston Road & Eglinton Avenue East
(Rush hour service)
116C Eastbound to Finch Avenue East and Morningside Heights
175 Bluffer's Park Southbound to Bluffer's Park
(Weekends only)
903 Kennedy–Scarborough Centre Express Northbound to Scarborough Centre station
(Rush hour service)
905 Eglinton East Express Eastbound to U of T Scarborough
986 Scarborough Express Eastbound to Sheppard Avenue East
(Rush hour service)
300B Bloor–Danforth Blue Night service; Westbound to West Mall
334 Eglinton East Blue Night service; Eastbound to Neilson Road and Finch Avenue East via Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and westbound to Eglinton station
343 Kennedy Blue Night service; Northbound to Steeles Avenue East


  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 Kennedy Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "OUR STATIONS –". Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  4. ^ "Kennedy Station – Crosstown". Eglinton Crosstown. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Eglinton Crosstown LRT Interchange Stations – Final Designs" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. March 20, 2018. pp. 4 & Attachment 2. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Spurr, Ben (January 15, 2018). "Art installations will enliven Eglinton Crosstown LRT". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 18, 2018.

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