Pioneer Village station

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Pioneer Village
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Q4132835 Pioneer Village station A01.jpg
Main entrance of Pioneer Village station
Location 185 Northwest Gate, Toronto &
2800 Steeles Avenue West, Vaughan, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°46′39″N 79°30′41″W / 43.77750°N 79.51139°W / 43.77750; -79.51139Coordinates: 43°46′39″N 79°30′41″W / 43.77750°N 79.51139°W / 43.77750; -79.51139
Platforms Centre platform
Tracks 2
Connections York Region Transit logo.svg Pioneer Village Terminal
Construction
Structure type Underground
Disabled access Yes
Architect Spadina Group Associates
Architectural style Postmodern architecture
Other information
Status Open
History
Opened December 17, 2017 (2017-12-17)[1]
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Vaughan
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch

Pioneer Village is a subway station on the Toronto–York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) of Line 1 Yonge–University, adjacent to Northwest Gate and straddling Steeles Avenue and the cities of Toronto and Vaughan in Ontario, Canada. A Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus terminal is connected to the southern portion of the station, and there is a regional bus terminal, the Pioneer Village Terminal, for connecting to York Region Transit (YRT) buses on the north side of Steeles Avenue. Pioneer Village, Highway 407 station and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre station are the first subway stations of the Toronto subway located fully or partially outside of the present-day boundaries of Toronto.

Name[edit]

The station was originally expected to be named Steeles West, but was renamed to Black Creek Pioneer Village on September 28, 2012, after Black Creek Pioneer Village.[2] On July 24, 2013, the unbuilt station was renamed once more, shortening it to Pioneer Village.[3]

Description[edit]

The underground station lies on a northwest-southeast axis, with the line approaching the station from York University station northwestward, directly under the university's main buildings. The station entrance structures are situated both north and south of Steeles Avenue, with the northern portion of the station lying in the City of Vaughan (York Region), and the southern portion in the City of Toronto. A pedestrian tunnel under Steeles Avenue connects the two structures. The north entrance (in Vaughan) features a York Region Transit bus terminal plus an on-street passenger pick-up and drop-off area. A large commuter lot with a 1,881-vehicle capacity is situated in the hydro corridor to the north of the YRT bus terminal. The south entrance (in Toronto) has an attached TTC bus terminal[4][5] with 12 bays.[6]

The station has three levels: the entrances at street level, separate concourses just below them, and the platform at bottom. Enough space has been left between the surface and the subway tunnel to allow for the construction of an underground station for a future light rail transit line.[4]

The Spadina Group Associates designed the station, which features entrance structures on the southeast and northwest sides at a street intersection. The layout makes the entrances mirror each other, giving an overall symmetrical effect. The southwest corner of the intersection also includes an oculus for a light cone above the platform. Both entrance structures have cool roofs and green roofs.[4][5]

Artists Tim Edler and Jan Edler of Berlin-based realities:united provided interactive artwork, titled LightSpell, consisting of a row of 40 chandeliers suspended from the ceiling over the platform. These units can display text as well as illuminate the platform. Waiting passengers can key in text using several touch screens for display on the lighting units. Other waiting passengers can change the text.[7][8]

Fare purchases[edit]

Passengers are not able to purchase TTC fare media—such as tokens, tickets or Metropasses—at this station and need exact change for cash payments of fares. This is because this station, like all TYSSE stations, has no fare booths, as most payments are expected to be made using PRESTO cards.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

The major buildings of York University's main Keele Campus lie to the southeast of location. Canlan Ice Sports and Aviva Centre are found to the southwest, the Toronto Track and Field Centre to the east and York Lions Stadium to the immediate south. The station's namesake, Black Creek Pioneer Village, lies less than one kilometre to the southwest. The large UPS Customer Center is next door to the station's Vaughan entrance.

History[edit]

On November 27, 2009, the official ground breaking ceremony was held for the TYSSE, and tunneling began in June 2011. The project was expected to be completed by the autumn of 2016,[9] On September 6, 2017, the TTC announced that the line would begin service on December 17, 2017.

The station was originally planned to be a temporary terminus for the western arm of Line 1 Yonge–University, which would later be extended to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. However, the entire extension opened simultaneously.

Surface connections[edit]

The following routes will serve this station.[10]

Route Name Additional Information
35A Jane Southbound to Jane station
35B Southbound to Jane station via Hullmar Drive
(Rush hour service)
41A Keele Southbound to Keele station
60A/B/D Steeles West Eastbound to Finch station
60B Westbound to Martin Grove Road
60D Westbound to Highway 27
60E Eastbound to Finch station
(Rush hour express service)
84D Sheppard West Eastbound to Sheppard–Yonge station
(Rush hour service)
106 Sentinel Southbound to Sheppard West station
107 St. Regis Southbound to Sheppard West station
108A Driftwood Southbound to Sheppard West station via Grandravine Drive
108B Southbound to Sheppard West station via Arleta Avenue
195 Jane Rocket Southbound to Jane station
(Express service)

Most formerly TTC-contracted routes in Vaughan are operated by YRT out of this station, rather than operating south of Steeles Avenue as they had previousl to the station's opening.[11]

Regional bus terminal[edit]

Pioneer Village Terminal
Location 2800 Steeles Avenue West,
Vaughan, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°46′39″N 79°30′41″W / 43.77750°N 79.51139°W / 43.77750; -79.51139
Owned by Regional Municipality of York
Operated by York Region Transit
Platforms 5
Bus operators York Region Transit logo.svg
Connections BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Construction
Parking 1850 parking spaces
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened December 17, 2017 (2017-12-17)

Pioneer Village Terminal is the York Region Transit and Viva terminal located outside the station's fare-paid area on the north (Vaughan) side of Steeles Avenue on the west side of the relocated Northwest Gate.[12][13] It has a commuter parking lot and underground walkway linking it with the station. There are no free transfers between these routes and the subway.

The following YRT and Viva routes serve the terminal:

  • 3 Thornhill,
  • 20 Jane
  • 96 Keele–Yonge
  • 107 Keele
  • 165 Weston
  • Viva Purple

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beattie, Samantha; Spurr, Ben (16 December 2017). "After delays, cost overruns, and tragedy, a subway to Vaughan is complete". Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Kalinowski, Tess (September 28, 2012). "TTC names new subway station for Black Creek Pioneer Village". Toronto Star. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ TTC renames new subway stop Pioneer Village station, Toronto Sun, July 24, 2013
  4. ^ a b c "Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project Steeles West Station : Approval Of Conceptual Design" (PDF). 3.ttc.ca. Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Pioneer Village Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ Oliver Moore & Jeff Gray (December 14, 2017). "Next stop, Vaughan: Inside the Toronto subway's big move beyond the city limits". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  7. ^ Dixon, Guy (September 29, 2017). "A subway station worth lingering in". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  8. ^ "TYSSE: Pioneer Village Station". UrbanToronto. Retrieved October 4, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Schedule Status Update" (PDF). Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project. Toronto Transit Commission. October 24, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ "TTC Service Changes Effective Sunday, December 17, 2017". Stevemnro.ca. October 25, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Line 1 Subway Extension Bus Changes". Ttc.ca. Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Spadina Subway Transit Strategy" (PDF). 2015 Annual Service Plan. York Region Transit. 2015. p. 145. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  13. ^ "YRT/Viva Spadina Subway Transit Strategy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 13, 2014. 

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