McCowan station

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McCowan
TTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg
McCowan station.jpg
Location1275 McCowan Road
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°46′29.7″N 79°15′06″W / 43.774917°N 79.25167°W / 43.774917; -79.25167Coordinates: 43°46′29.7″N 79°15′06″W / 43.774917°N 79.25167°W / 43.774917; -79.25167
PlatformsSide platforms
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeElevated
Disabled accessNo
History
OpenedMarch 22, 1985 (1985-03-22)
Traffic
Passengers (2016[1])3,710
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Kennedy
TTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg ScarboroughTerminus

McCowan is a terminal station on Line 3 Scarborough line of the Toronto subway. It is located at 1275 McCowan Road, just north of Ellesmere Road at Bushby Drive/Town Centre Court.

Both of the surface routes that pass the McCowan station also stop at Scarborough Centre station, located almost directly across McCowan Road, effectively leaving McCowan as a dead-end in the system.

The station is on three levels, the Scarborough RT is on the upper floor, the automatic entrance from the Consilium Place office complex via the Pedway pedestrian walkway is on the second floor, and the station entrance from McCowan Road with the collector, and the concourse are on the lower floor.

A 2006 TTC staff report that recommended that the line should be upgraded using new-generation vehicles noted that the replacement of Line 3 by an extension of Line 2 Bloor–Danforth would involve the elimination of this station.[2]

Rapid transit infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

McCowan station is the terminus station of the Scarborough Rapid Transit line. Further east is McCowan Yard (completed in 1983), which stores the line's trains when they are not in service and can perform basic maintenance. For more complicated work, however, they are carried to the larger Greenwood Yard, which must be done by truck since there is no direct track connection.

There is a double crossover before the station entrance, but only one side of the station is in use. In earlier years both platforms were used for line-end and westbound trains, but the double-crossover allows eastbound trains to cross over to the westbound platform, making for a more efficient system. The eastbound track is used when taking trains out of service. This allows the operator to ensure that the train will empty and no one will board before bringing the train to McCowan Yard.

Surface connections[edit]

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

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
9 Bellamy Northbound to Scarborough Centre station and southbound to Warden station
16 McCowan Northbound to Scarborough Centre station and southbound to Warden station
38A Highland Creek Westbound to Scarborough Centre station and eastbound to Rouge Hill GO Station
38B Westbound to Scarborough Centre station and eastbound to U of T Scarborough
129A McCowan North Southbound to Scarborough Centre station and Northbound to Major Mackenzie Drive
(Extra fare required north of Steeles Avenue)
129B Southbound to Scarborough Centre station and northbound to Steeles Avenue East
130A Middlefield Southbound to Scarborough Centre station and northbound to Steeles Avenue East
130B Southbound to Scarborough Centre station and northbound to Steeles Avenue East via Maybrook Drive
(Rush hour service)
131 Nugget Westbound to Scarborough Centre station and eastbound to Old Finch Avenue and Morningview Trail
132 Milner Southbound to Scarborough Centre station and northbound to McLevin Avenue and Hupfield Trail
133 Neilson Southbound to Scarborough Centre station and northbound to Morningside Heights
134A Progress Southbound to Scarborough Centre station and northbound to Finch Avenue East via Tapscott Road
134B Southbound to Scarborough Centre station and northbound to McNicoll Avenue via Tapscott Road
(Rush hour service)
134C Westbound to Scarborough Centre station and eastbound to Centennial College
169A Huntingwood Eastbound to Scarborough Centre station and westbound to Don Mills station via Van Horne Avenue
169B Eastbound to Scarborough Centre station and westbound to Don Mills station
(Rush hour service)
913 Progress Express Westbound to Scarborough Centre station (PM rush hour service) and eastbound to Centennial College (AM rush hour service)
302 Kingston Road–McCowan Blue Night service; Northbound to Steeles Avenue East and southbound to Bingham 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. ^ "Toronto Transit Commission Report - Scarborough RT Strategic Plan" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved September 1, 2014. Subway Eliminates:McCowan, Midland and Ellesmere

External links[edit]

Media related to McCowan station at Wikimedia Commons