Pioneer Village (TTC)
|Location||Steeles Avenue West,
|Architect||Spadina Group Associates|
|Opening||Proposed for 2018|
Pioneer Village is a subway station under construction on the Yonge–University–Spadina line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, on its western branch, the Spadina line. It was originally planned to be a temporary terminus, with the line later extended further to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre; however, the entire extension is now set to open simultaneously. The station will be located on Steeles Avenue West at Northwest Gate.
The station was originally expected to be named Steeles West, but was renamed to Black Creek Pioneer Village on September 28, 2012 for Black Creek Pioneer Village. On July 24, 2013, the yet to be built station was renamed once more, shortening it to Pioneer Village.
The main buildings of York University's main Keele campus lie to the southeast of the proposed location. Black Creek Pioneer Village and the Beatrice Ice Gardens are found to the west, and the Metro Track & Field Centre and the Rexall Centre to the east.
The station will be built underground, lying on a northwest-southeast axis. The line will approach from York University station northwestward, directly under the university's main buildings, to meet the station. Construction may require the removal of the parking lot at Northwest Gate and use of vacant land next to the United Parcel Service centre in Vaughan.
Much of the station itself would exist north of Steeles. This would be the first time a TTC subway facility will extend beyond the current City of Toronto, specifically into Vaughan, in York Region.
The Spadina Group Associates has been commissioned for the station's design, which features entrances on the southeast and northwest sides; their layout will mirror each other, giving the overall design a symmetrical effect. The southeast entrance is to have a TTC bus terminal attached, while the northwest features a YRT terminal. The southwest corner of the intersection would also include an oculus for a light cone above the platform. The station would have three levels overall: the entrances at street level, separate concourses just below them, and the platform at bottom. Enough space is planned between Steeles Avenue and the subway tunnel to allow an underground station for a future Light Rail Transit line. A large commuter lot will be situated in the hydro corridor to the north.
On November 27, 2009 the official ground breaking ceremony was held for the Spadina Extension, and tunnelling began in June 2011. The project was expected to be completed by the autumn of 2016, but it is now estimated that 31 December 2017 would be the earliest achievable date to deliver the project.
Transit City proposal
The Transit City proposal called for a new LRT line known as the Jane LRT line, running along Jane Street from Steeles West Station to Jane Station. The Transit City plan was abandoned by Toronto Mayor Ford in December 2010.
- A. Byford, CEO (26 March 2015). "Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension – Schedule and Budget Change" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved May 2015.
The TYSSE project is currently 70 per cent complete. However, it has been determined that the publicly stated opening date of the end of 2016 and the approved budget are not achievable. This report recommends that a comprehensive project “reset” involving a new third-party project manager be undertaken to deliver the project by December 31st, 2017
- Kalinowski, Tess (28 September 2012). "TTC names new subway station for Black Creek Pioneer Village". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2012-09-28.
- TTC renames new subway stop Pioneer Village station, Toronto Sun, July 24, 2013
- "Schedule Status Update" (PDF). Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project. Toronto Transit Commission. 24 October 2012. Retrieved January 2013.