Main Street (TTC)
|Address||315 Main Street
|Opened||10 May 1968|
Main Street is a station on the Bloor–Danforth line in Toronto, Canada and is located on the east side of Main Street a short distance north of Danforth Avenue. Connections to GO Transit's commuter train service on the Lakeshore East line can be made at Danforth GO Station, approximately 300 metres to the south on the east side of Main Street.
This station became wheelchair accessible in 2004. An elevator provides access from the streetcar and bus platforms at street level to an intermediate mezzanine area and directly to the platform for eastbound trains. A second elevator provides a connection between the mezzanine and the westbound subway platform. To facilitate accessibility automatic sliding doors were added at the street entrance and on the north side of the station building, along with an accessible faregate and improved signage. A space is reserved for WheelTrans vehicles.
Main Street Station was opened in 1968. The station was built on the site of the former Main Loop, which was the eastern terminus of the Carlton streetcar line. This loop closed in 1966 for construction of the subway station.
Unlike most TTC stations, its name includes the word "Street" in order to avoid the possible misreading that it is the subway's "main" station. It is named after Main Street, which was the main street of the suburban town of East Toronto, which was amalgamated into Toronto in 1908.
The station was built with its turnstiles and collector booths on the mezzanine level between the bus and streetcar terminal and the subway platforms. This may have been because until 1973 it was near a fare zone boundary and there was an intention to bring buses from both fare zones into the terminal, as was done at Jane Station; however, this 1968 map shows the boundary to one side of the station. The booths and turnstiles were later moved to just inside the street entrance, bringing the buses and streetcars inside the station's fare-paid area.
Subway infrastructure in the vicinity
East of the station the tracks angle north away from Danforth Avenue and emerge to run on the surface at the Tyra Portal in Dentonia Park, just west of Victoria Park Station. To the west the subway tunnel was mostly constructed by cut-and-cover along Harris Avenue from Woodbine Station.
- 20 Cliffside to Kennedy Station
- 23 Dawes to St. Clair Ave. East
- 62 Mortimer to Broadview Station
- 64 Main - south to Queen Street and north to Eastdale Avenue
- 87 Cosburn to Broadview Station
- 113 Danforth to Kennedy Station
- 135 Gerrard to Warden Station
- 506 Carlton to High Park Loop
Since 1976, the loop used by the Carlton streetcars has been the northernmost point in Toronto's streetcar system - slightly further north than St Clair Station on the Yonge Line, the next most northerly point in the streetcar system. This geographical distinction is because Toronto's observed compass directions are skewed from the global compass; although the 512 St Clair line appears to be further north in Toronto's street grid, when the global compass is used, Main Street Station prevails.
Prior to 1976, streetcar service continued east and north from St Clair Station to Mount Pleasant and Eglinton; when this was discontinued, Main Street Station became the northernmost point. Mount Pleasant and Eglinton had held the honour since 1954, when the Yonge streetcar was discontinued.
- "Subway ridership, 2011-2012". Toronto Transit Commission. "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. Five stations serve two subways, and so are listed twice, once for each subway"
- "Main Street Subway Station Becomes Accessible". Canadian Newswire. November 22, 2004. Retrieved August 2012.
- "Installation of elevators at Main Street Station". Construction News. Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 2012.
- Main Street: Accessible Alternative
- "Main-Danforth Mobility Hub Profile". Metrolinx. September 19, 2012. Retrieved May 2013.
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