Kipling station

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Kipling
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Kipling-interior.jpg
Location950 Kipling Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°38′14″N 79°32′10″W / 43.63722°N 79.53611°W / 43.63722; -79.53611Coordinates: 43°38′14″N 79°32′10″W / 43.63722°N 79.53611°W / 43.63722; -79.53611
PlatformsCentre platform
Tracks2
Connections GO Transit logo.svg Milton line GO logo.png Kipling GO Station
Construction
Structure typeAt grade
Parking1465 spaces[1]
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedNovember 21, 1980[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2016[3])49,870
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
TerminusTTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Bloor–Danforth
toward Kennedy

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.[4] Notably, Kipling is the departing and arriving point for the 900 Airport Express bus route, which provides quick and frequent service between Toronto's subway system and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

History[edit]

Kipling station, in what was then the Borough of Etobicoke, officially opened on November 21, 1980,[2] but not until the following day[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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 adjacent Kipling GO Station.[8]

In 1999, this station became accessible with elevators.

Facilities[edit]

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.[9] Fares can be paid for at this station by using tokens, tickets, passes, as well as the Presto smart card.[10] 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 Line 3 Scarborough.[7]

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 underway and is scheduled to be completed in 2019.[11] Upon completion, GO Transit buses will use the facility, and MiWay 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 will also include landscaping and revitalization of interior and exterior station finishes and lighting.[12]

Surface connections[edit]

Bus bays are a level above the subway trains on the north side of the station.

The bus platform is in the fare-paid zone, allowing passengers to quickly transfer between the subway and the following TTC bus routes:[13]

Route Name Additional Information
30A Lambton Eastbound to High Park station
30B Eastbound to High Park via High Park station
44 Kipling South Southbound to Lake Shore Boulevard and Humber College Lakeshore Campus
45A Kipling Northbound to Steeles Avenue West past Etobicoke North GO Station
45B Northbound to Carlingview Drive via Belfield Road
46 Martin Grove Northbound to Steeles Avenue West
49 Bloor West Westbound to Markland Wood (west of Highway 427)
111 East Mall Northbound to Eglinton Avenue West (Willowridge & Richgrove)
112B West Mall Northbound to Renforth station
112C Northbound to Disco Road
123B Sherway Southbound to Long Branch Loop via Shorncliffe Road and The East Mall
123C Southbound to Long Branch Loop via Shorncliffe Road and North Queen Street
123D Southbound to Sherway Gardens via Shorncliffe Road and The East Mall
123F Southbound to Sherway Gardens via The West Mall
(Rush hour service)
900 Airport Express Northbound to Toronto Pearson International Airport
927A Highway 27 Express Northbound to Humber College North Campus
927B Northbound to Steeles Avenue West
927C Northbound to Humber College via Attwell Drive
(Rush hour service)
927D Northbound to Steeles Avenue West via Royalcrest Road
(Rush hour service)
944 Kipling South Express Southbound to Lake Shore Boulevard and Humber College Lakeshore Campus
(Weekday service)
945 Kipling Express Northbound to Steeles Avenue West
(Rush hour service)
300A Bloor–Danforth Blue Night Westbound to Toronto Pearson International Airport
Eastbound to Warden Avenue & Danforth Road
300B Westbound to The West Mall & Burnhamthorpe Road
Eastbound to Kennedy station
  • Some 300 Bloor–Danforth trips do not enter the bus terminal, but can be accessed at Aukland Road at Dundas Street.
  • An IKEA Etobicoke customer courtesy shuttle (not a TTC route), departs from Subway Crescent[14] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parking". Kipling Station. Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b "The Built Subways". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Kipling Station". Find Parking. Toronto Parking Authority (Green P). Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  5. ^ "New Kipling Station". The Toronto Star. November 20, 1980. p. A18.
  6. ^ Blackett, Matthew (March 25, 2008). "Ride the Rainbow of the Bloor–Danforth". Spacing Toronto. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Bateman, Chris (June 23, 2012). "Whatever Happened to the Etobicoke RT?". blogTO. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  8. ^ "Kipling Station Redevelopment Handover to GO Transit". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  9. ^ Kipling: Accessible Alternative
  10. ^ "PRESTO card". Presto card official Twitter feed. July 21, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
  11. ^ "Kipling Mobility Hub". Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  12. ^ White, Craig (August 5, 2010). "Kipling Subway Station's East Entrance On Its Way". urbantoronto.ca. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  13. ^ Kipling Station: Connections to
  14. ^ IKEA Etobicoke: Store information

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