|Location||950 Kipling Avenue
Kipling GO Station
IKEA Etobicoke Shuttle
|Structure type||at grade|
|Opened||November 21, 1980|
Kipling is the western terminus of the Line 2 Bloor–Danforth of the Toronto subway system. The station is served by buses and subway trains operated by the Toronto Transit Commission and is adjacent to the Kipling GO Station on the Milton line of GO Transit. It is located in the Islington–City Centre West neighbourhood on St. Albans Road at Aukland Road, west of the overpass of Kipling Avenue, after which the station is named. The Toronto Parking Authority operates three commuter parking lots near the station. Notably, Kipling is the departing and arriving point for the 192 Airport Rocket bus route, which provides quick and frequent service between Toronto's subway system and Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Kipling station, in what was then the Borough of Etobicoke, officially opened on November 21, 1980, but not until the following day was it opened to the public, along with Kennedy station as part of east-west extensions to the Bloor-Danforth line. Kipling and Kennedy were designed similarly, with both stations having a centre platform allowing trains to stop at either side. The platform walls in Kipling are yellow with black stripes and show the station's name in Univers.
As a result of the initial lack of density near the station, and its location near a hydro substation, it was originally designed around commuter travel, with a large amount of parking space and a roughed-in platform for a future light rail or light metro line, like the Scarborough RT at Kennedy. Due to this design, the area around Kipling station is considered to be a travel hub and it is being further developed to contain a regional bus platform as well as improved access to the nearby Kipling GO Station.
In 1999, this station became accessible with elevators.
The main entrance is located at the west end of Kipling station, with access to the GO station, commuter parking lots, and a kiss and ride area for passenger drop-off. An entrance at the east end makes the bus platform level accessible by way of a ramp, with an elevator providing a connection with the train platform below. Fares can be paid for at this station by using tokens, tickets, passes, as well as the Presto smart card. Currently it serves the high density residential and commercial developments that are being built, while acting as a hub for commuter travel.
Above the subway tracks on the south side of the station, opposite the bus bays on the same level, is an unfinished platform for a proposed but unbuilt Etobicoke RT line similar to the Scarborough RT.
East of the station towards Islington, the line continues on the surface alongside the railway right-of-way which parallels Dundas Street at a distance. It crosses over Bloor Street to the north side alongside the railway tracks, then dives underground below the tracks and turns parallel to Bloor.
Construction on a new 14-bay inter-regional bus terminal is planned and was originally scheduled to be completed in 2010. This would see GO Transit buses use the facility, and Mississauga Transit buses terminate at Kipling station instead of Islington. The current parking facilities will be reconfigured to allow for the construction of the terminal. The modernization project would also include landscaping and revitalization of interior and exterior station finishes and lighting.
The bus platform is in the fare-paid zone, allowing passengers to quickly transfer between the subway and the following bus routes:
- 30A Lambton to High Park Station
- 30B to High Park via High Park Station
- 44 Kipling South to Lake Shore Boulevard and Humber College Lakeshore Campus
- 45A Kipling to Steeles Avenue past Etobicoke North GO Station
- 45B to Carlingview Drive via Belfield Road
- 45E to Steeles Avenue (Express service)
- 46 Martin Grove to Steeles Avenue
- 49 Bloor West to Markland Wood west of Highway 427
- 111 East Mall to Eglinton Avenue (Willowridge & Richgrove)
- 112B West Mall to Skymark Avenue
- 112C to Disco Road
- 112E Express to Renforth Drive and Eringate Drive (Michael Power/St. Joseph High School)
- 123B Shorncliffe to Long Branch Loop via The East Mall
- 123C to Long Branch Loop via North Queen Street
- 123D to Sherway Gardens via The East Mall
- 188 Kipling South Rocket to Lake Shore Boulevard and Humber College Lakeshore Campus - express service
- 191A Highway 27 Rocket to Humber College North Campus
- 191B to Steeles Avenue
- 191C to Humber College via Attwell Drive
- 191D to Steeles Avenue via Royalcrest Road
- 192 Airport Rocket to Toronto Pearson International Airport (Express service)
- An IKEA Etobicoke customer courtesy shuttle (not a TTC route), departs from Subway Crescent north of the Kiss and ride area.
- MiWay bus routes do not directly connect to the station, unlike at Islington. Buses can be boarded and dropped off on Dundas Street at Aukland Road. It is considered an accessible connection between MiWay and the TTC.
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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.
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- Kipling Station: Connections to
- IKEA Etobicoke: Store information
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