King station

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King
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
King platform 01.jpg
Location3 King Street East,
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°38′57″N 79°22′40″W / 43.64917°N 79.37778°W / 43.64917; -79.37778Coordinates: 43°38′57″N 79°22′40″W / 43.64917°N 79.37778°W / 43.64917; -79.37778
Owned byToronto Transit Commission
PlatformsSide platforms
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Disabled accessNo
History
OpenedMarch 30, 1954 (1954-03-30)
Traffic
Passengers (2016[1])60,930
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Vaughan
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch

King is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University of the Toronto subway system. The station is located at the intersection of King Street and Yonge Street in Toronto's Financial District.[2] Wi-Fi service is available at this station.[3]

History[edit]

Interior of the station on opening

King Station opened in 1954 as part of the first stretch of subway line built in Toronto, between Union and Eglinton stations.[4]

The original address for the station was 70 Yonge Street, which is still used in Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) maps, but the official website uses the address 3 King Street East, which both point to the intersection of the two streets, and the numbers are not used by nearby buildings.

A scissors crossover was installed just north of the station when the line was built, so that trains could easily crossover from one track to another, but was later removed in May 1984 during track rehabilitation because of maintenance costs. In 2012, the TTC decided to put this crossover back, as it would allow trains to turn back during service disruptions, once automatic train control is implemented.[5]

Station description[edit]

The station lies underneath Yonge Street at King Street, and is built on three levels. All five entrances are located on ground level, with three of them being sidewalk staircases from the northeast, southwest, and southeast corners of the Yonge Street and King Street intersection. The northwest corner entrance is through Scotia Plaza, and a semi-automatic entrance from Commerce Court East at 21 Melinda Street is staffed by a collector during rush hour. There is also an "exit only" sidewalk staircase from the southbound subway platform, just south of Melinda Street.[2] There are no elevators in this station, and it is not accessible for persons with physical disabilities.

Below ground level are two separate concourses, located under King Street (north concourse), and under Commerce Court (south concourse). All entrances and exits connect to the north concourse except for ones along Melinda Street. Below the concourses are the subway platforms, connected by stairs and one escalator to the northbound platform on weekdays from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm.[6]

Gateway Newsstands located in the north concourse is the only tenant in the station.

Escalators to Scotia Plaza and PATH
Commerce Court/Melinda street automatic entrance

Station improvements[edit]

As part of its Public Art Program announced in June 2017, the TTC intends to install an artwork titled Light Canopy by artist Sean Martindale. The work is an animated lighting system to be set into the ceiling above the stairwell at King Station’s western entrance, and will give passers-by the feeling of passing under tree foliage.[7]

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

North of the station, the subway travels through a scissors crossover through its tunnels underneath Yonge Street, past Queen Street, and into Queen station. South of the station, the subway continues underneath Yonge Street, until it reaches Front Street, where it turns 90 degrees west and passes through a crossover into Union station.

Nearby destinations[edit]

The destination for many people using King Station is the financial district and its numerous office towers, connected to the station by the underground PATH system of pedestrian tunnels. These include the Canadian Pacific Building, Scotia Plaza, Commerce Court, Toronto-Dominion Centre and First Canadian Place.

This is also the closest station to One Yonge Street, the King Edward Hotel, St. James Cathedral, Toronto Sculpture Garden, St. Lawrence Hall and the St. Lawrence Market.

Surface connections[edit]

Connecting streetcars on King St.

A transfer is required to connect between the subway system and these surface routes:

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
97B Yonge Northbound to York Mills station and southbound to Queens Quay
141 Downtown/Mt Pleasant Express
Rush hour only, extra fare required
142 Downtown/Avenue Road Express
Rush hour only, extra fare required
143 Downtown/Beach Express
Rush hour only, extra fare required
144 Downtown/Don Valley Express
Rush hour only, extra fare required
145 Downtown/Humber Bay Express
Rush hour only, extra fare required
304 King Blue Night Streetcar service; Eastbound to Broadview station and westbound to Dundas West station
320 Yonge Blue Night service; Northbound to Steeles Avenue and southbound to Queens Quay
503 Kingston Road Streetcar; Eastbound to Bingham Loop
504A King Streetcar; Westbound to Dundas West station and eastbound to Distillery Loop
504B Streetcar; Eastbound to Broadview station and westbound to Dufferin Gate Loop

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 King Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "Wi-fi Now Available At". TCONNECT. Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2015. Each of the 65 underground stations will have wireless and Wi-Fi service by 2017
  4. ^ "A Cavalcade of Progress, 1921–1954". Toronto Transit Commission. 1954. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  5. ^ Bow, James. "A History of the Original Yonge Subway". Transit Toronto. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "TTC King Station – Elevators and Escalators". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "TTC Public Art Program". Toronto Transit Commission. June 5, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to King station at Wikimedia Commons