Mount Dennis station

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Mount Dennis
TTC - Line 5.svg Kitchener line GO logo.png UP Express logo.svg
Old Kodak building Toronto 2484567701.jpg
Old Kodak building nine on the north side of Eglinton Ave. with GO Transit lines crossing on the bridge in front
Location 3500 Eglinton Ave W[1]
Coordinates 43°41′15″N 79°29′14″W / 43.68750°N 79.48722°W / 43.68750; -79.48722Coordinates: 43°41′15″N 79°29′14″W / 43.68750°N 79.48722°W / 43.68750; -79.48722
Tracks 2 TTC
4 GO Transit
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Construction
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Under construction
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
Terminus TTC - Line 5.svg Eglinton
Opens 2021
toward Kennedy
Preceding station   GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit   Following station
toward Kitchener
Kitchener
Opens 2021
Union Pearson Express
UP Express
Opens 2021

Mount Dennis is an intermodal transit terminal under construction in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Located east of the intersection of Eglinton Avenue and Weston Road in the Mount Dennis neighbourhood in the district of York, the station will be the western terminus of the future Line 5 Eglinton as well as an intermediate station on the GO Transit Kitchener line and Union Pearson Express The station has been designated as one of many "mobility hubs" in Greater Toronto.[1]

The station is being built on the lands formerly known as Kodak Heights, which was a camera manufacturing facility operated by the Eastman Kodak Company from 1918 to 2006.[2] Adjacent to the station, the Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility will also be located on the lands.[3][4][5][6][7]

Timeline[edit]

A draft prepared on April 10, 2013 established four designs for the station.[7] In all the designs the underground LRT platform will be 150 metres long—long enough for four vehicle trainsets. Two designs placed the bus platform on the north side of Eglinton, accessed through a 230-metre pedestrian tunnel. In the other two designs the bus platform(s) were on the south side of Eglinton, accessed through a 260-metre pedestrian tunnel.

By 2016, the finalized design placed the bus loop on the north side of the station, accessed by a relocated Photography Drive bridge that crosses Eglinton further to the east than the old bridge. This roadway would pass east of the renovated Kodak building, which would form the station's third entrance.

On the weekend of February 19–21, 2016, the Photography Drive bridge over Eglinton Avenue was demolished to make way for construction on the Mount Dennis station site.[8]

In August 2016, the former Kodak building was temporarily moved 60 metres to facilitate construction. On November 13, 2017, the building was moved back to sit on a newly built foundation. The community wanted this landmark preserved; thus, it will become an integral part of Mount Dennis station.[9][10]

Description[edit]

Besides being a landmark and a Heritage Interest Building, the former Kodak building will be a focal point for riders using the mobility hub, as many of the mobility hub's features are linked to this building. It will have a waiting area and public washrooms, as well as retail spaces on the main and basement levels.[1]

The station will have three entrances:[1]

  • The main entrance and a station plaza will be located between Weston Road and the GO Transit Kitchener rail corridor. There would an underground passage from the main entrance to the former Kodak building.
  • The secondary entrance will be located at street level on the north side of Eglinton Avenue West on the east side of the rail bridges for the Kitchener rail corridor.
  • The third entrance and another station plaza will be at the former Kodak building.

The hub will encompass the following services:[1][11]

  • Line 5 Eglinton will terminate at Mount Dennis, and there will be special track work for reversing LRT trains. The LRT platform would have a glass wall allowing natural light into the space.
  • GO Transit and UP Express station will have platforms constructed along the Kitchener rail corridor and be accessible from the underground connection between the main entrance and the waiting room in the former Kodak building.
  • The off-street TTC Bus Terminal will have 15 bays and will be connected to the former Kodak building. The bus terminal will have its own space for retail.
  • The Passenger Pick-Up and Drop-Off area will be available to riders of any of the hub's transit services. There will also be four taxi stands nearby.
  • Bicycle storage will include 40 outdoor and 80 indoor spaces. Indoor storage will be provided at the main entrance.

East of the station, the LRT line would travel on an elevated guideway above Black Creek Drive and Black Creek itself, before descending into the western portal of the line's bored tunnel, towards Keelesdale Station.[11]

Surface connections[edit]

The following routes would serve this station according to the report presented at the board meeting on February 25, 2016:[12]

Route Name Additional Information
27 Jane South Southbound to Jane station
32 Eglinton West Westbound to Renforth station
34 Eglinton Eastbound to Science Centre station
35 Jane Northbound to Pioneer Village station
71 Runnymede Northbound to Industry Street and southbound to Runnymede station
89 Weston Northbound to Albion Road and southbound to Keele station
161 Rogers Road Eastbound to Ossington station
168 Symington Southbound to Dundas West station
170 Emmett Westbound to Jane & Emmett
171 Mount Dennis Westbound to Jane Street
189 Weston Rocket Northbound to Albion Road (express service)
195 Jane Rocket Southbound to Jane station and northbound to Pioneer Village station (express service)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Mount Dennis Station + Maintenance and Storage Facility". Metrolinx. October 13, 2016. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ James Armstrong (September 13, 2013). "Community wants to preserve Kodak building while Metrolinx plans LRT station". Toronto: Global News. Archived from the original on September 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ John Lorinc (November 23, 2012). "Down (but not out) Mount Dennis area pins hopes on Metrolinx". Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Rahul Gupta (December 12, 2012). "Meeting to provide details on LRT station in Mount Dennis". York Guardian. Archived from the original on March 29, 2013. The Mount Dennis underground stop at Weston Road would serve as the line’s western terminus point, said Metrolinx spokesperson Jamie Robinson on Friday, Dec. 7. 
  5. ^ James Bow (September 4, 2013). "Future Mount Dennis Station (Kitchener Line/Eglinton LRT)". Transit Toronto. Retrieved September 8, 2013. The connection was given new life with the launch of Eglinton LRT, operating from Jane Street east to Kennedy. A stop near Black Creek Drive would include a connection with the GO Kitchener line and a new stop on the Union Pearson Express. 
  6. ^ Tess Kalinowski (February 16, 2010). "Residents ask TTC for LRT tunnel through Mount Dennis". Toronto Star. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "background file" (PDF). City of Toronto. April 10, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Stretch of Eglinton Avenue West to close for weekend Crosstown LRT work". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. February 19, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Onetime Kodak building to move 60 metres for new LRT station". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. August 25, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Eglinton Crosstown LRT Update - November 2017". Metrolinx. November 23, 2017. Retrieved November 23, 2017. With the new foundation in place, November 13 marked the beginning for moving Kodak Building 9 back to its original location. 
  11. ^ a b "Mount Dennis Station Open House". Metrolinx. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Changes to TTC Bus Routes in Eglinton Corridor for Line 5 Rapid Transit Line" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. February 25, 2016. 

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