Lawrence West station

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Lawrence West
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Lawrence West Platform 02.jpg
Location655 Lawrence Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates43°42′57″N 79°26′39″W / 43.71583°N 79.44417°W / 43.71583; -79.44417Coordinates: 43°42′57″N 79°26′39″W / 43.71583°N 79.44417°W / 43.71583; -79.44417
PlatformsCentre platform
Structure typeAt-grade in highway median
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectDunlop Farrow Aitken [1]
Opened28 January 1978
Passengers (2018[2])19,740
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Vaughan
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch

Lawrence West is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the median of William R. Allen Road at Lawrence Avenue West. The station serves the local communities of Lawrence Heights, Lawrence Manor and Glen Park, and nearby destinations such as the Columbus Centre, Lawrence Heights Community Recreation Centre and Lawrence Square Shopping Centre. Wi-Fi service is available at this station.[3] The station has a Gateway Newstands in the paid area of the south side area.


The station opened in 1978, as part of the subway line extension from St. George to Wilson station.

In 2008, the Toronto Star reported this station, along with Lansdowne, Kennedy, and Warden to be a "known problem area" in terms of crime in the subway system.[4]

In 2014 an elevator, automatic sliding doors and an accessible fare gate were installed in the main part of the station on the south side of Lawrence Avenue, to make the station wheelchair accessible.[5] In addition, repairs were made to the saw-tooth bus platforms and the roadway was repaved for low floor buses.[6] The northside entrance remains inaccessible due to space restrictions and generally used as drop off point by car.

On January 6, 2019, the toll collection booth at this station was permanently closed. Instead, the station is staffed by roaming customer service agents, who have been in place at nearby Line 1 stations between Wilson and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre since the Toronto–York Spadina subway extension opened on December 17, 2017. While customers are still able to pay their fares by tokens and tickets, they can no longer purchase these at the station, and customers paying by cash require exact change.[7][8] As with all TTC subway stations, Presto cards are also accepted as fare payment and can be purchased and loaded with funds or an unlimited monthly TTC pass at the Presto fare vending machines located in the station.

On April 5, 2019, Lawrence West and Yorkdale stations became the first two locations to sell single-use Presto tickets, which are sold from the stations' Presto fare vending machines.[9]

Architecture and art[edit]

Main station structure and bus platforms, on the south side of Lawrence Avenue West, depicting Spacing... Aerial Highways

Dunlop Farrow Aitken was the firm responsible for the station's architecture.[10] The structure is composed of an enclosed train platform area in the median of Allen Road, which is bridged by a bus loop and waiting area on the south side of the Lawrence Avenue bridge. Staffed entrances on both sides of the street connect to a transfer area which links the train platform and the bus area.[11]

Upon entrance from the Lawrence Avenue bridge over Allen Road, the bus waiting area and the train platform are apparent. This openness is achieved through glazed walls and a large stairwell.[12] The glass is framed with distinctive orange-painted metal. The platform level features exposed concrete walls, with a long strip of skylights above the tracks with the same orange framing used throughout the station. Rectangular prism benches with rectangular tiles of yellow, orange, and brown hues are unique to the station. Similar tiles are used on the floors and centre pillars.

Spacing... Aerial Highways, a large 300 foot ceramic tile mural designed by Claude Breeze,[13] spreads across the north face of the main station building above the bus platform.

Surface connections[edit]

When the subway is closed, buses use stops outside of the terminal along Lawrence Avenue West. TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
52A/B/D/F Lawrence West Eastbound to Lawrence station
(Eastbound buses stop on Lawrence Avenue West outside the station.)
52A Westbound to Pearson Airport via Dixon Road
52B Westbound to Westwood Mall Bus Terminal via Dixon Road
(Extra fare required west of Airport)
52D Westbound to McNaughton via Dixon Road
(Extra fare required west of Airport)
52F Westbound to Royal York Road
52G Westbound to Martin Grove Road via The Westway
(This station is the eastern terminus for this route.)
59A Maple Leaf Westbound to Weston Road via Gary Drive
59B Westbound to Weston Road via Church Street
109B/C Ranee Southbound to Eglinton West station via Marlee Avenue
109B Northbound to Neptune Drive via Flemington Road
109C Northbound to Neptune Drive via Varna Drive
400 Lawrence Manor Community Bus
952 Lawrence West Express Eastbound to Lawrence station and westbound to Pearson Airport
(Rush hour service; eastbound buses stop on Lawrence Avenue West outside the station.)
352 Lawrence West Blue Night service; Eastbound to Sunnybrook Hospital and westbound to Pearson Airport.
(Overnight service stops on Lawrence Avenue West and does not enter the station.)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2013-10-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Subway ridership, 2018" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved February 5, 2019. 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.
  3. ^ "There's now free WiFi at over 40 TTC subway stations". blogTO. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  4. ^ 4 held in subway swarmings
  5. ^ "Lawrence West Station: Elevator Construction Update". website. TTC. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  6. ^ Lito Romano, Community Liaison (April 2013). "Lawrence West Station: Easier Access Program" (PDF). TTC. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "New Customer Service Agents at Yorkdale and Lawrence West stations". Toronto Transit Commission. Archived from the original on January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  8. ^ "Collector booths to close in favour of Customer Service Agents at TTC's Yorkdale and Lawrence West stations". Toronto Transit Commission. Archived from the original on January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "TTC extends sales of Presto Tickets to 10 stations". Toronto Transit Commission. May 6, 2019. Archived from the original on May 7, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Design for Transit", Canadian Architect, 21: 34, 1976
  12. ^ "Design for Transit", p. 34
  13. ^ "Breeze, Claude". Saskatchewan Archival Information Network. Retrieved August 1, 2012.

External links[edit]

Media related to Lawrence West Station at Wikimedia Commons