Royal York (TTC)

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Royal York
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Royal York TTC and 76 bus.JPG
Location 955 Royal York Road
Toronto, Ontario,
Canada
Coordinates 43°38′53″N 79°30′41″W / 43.64806°N 79.51139°W / 43.64806; -79.51139Coordinates: 43°38′53″N 79°30′41″W / 43.64806°N 79.51139°W / 43.64806; -79.51139
Platforms side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Construction
Structure type underground
History
Opened 10 May 1968
Traffic
Passengers (2012-13[1]) 20,550
Services
Preceding station   TTC.svg TTC   Following station
toward Kipling
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Bloor–Danforth
toward Kennedy

Royal York is a subway station on the Bloor–Danforth line in Toronto, Canada. It is located just north of Bloor Street West on the east side of Royal York Road.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1968 in what was then the Borough of Etobicoke.

The original plan for the Bloor-Danforth extension to Islington had different stations than what was eventually built. The stations were to be at "Montgomery" and "Prince Edward", instead of Islington and Royal York. This was probably because these two streets were the ends of the Kingsway shopping district. However, it was decided to include only one station in the Kingsway, at Royal York.[2]

Until 1973 the buses and the subway trains serving the station were in separate fare zones and so the turnstiles and collector booths were on the mezzanine level between the bus bays and the subway platforms. When the zones were abolished, they were moved to just inside the street entrance, bringing the buses inside the station's fare-paid area.

Notably, a local "zone 2" bus service continued to run along Bloor Street west of Jane, paralleling the "zone 1" subway, from the station's opening through the zone abolishment in 1973, and in fact continued to run even after the bus and subway were in the same zone. The success of the bus service may be attributed to the distances between subway stops in Etobicoke; Royal York is over 1 km west of Old Mill, and Islington is over 1 km west of Royal York. (By comparison, stops at Montgomery, Prince Edward and Old Mill would all be within 1 km of each other, as are all stops on the Bloor-Danforth from Old Mill through Main Street, an east-west corridor served almost entirely by the subway line.) The local bus service was discontinued in 1984, although the long station spacing remains; only at night are buses still seen along this stretch.

Construction will begin in the fall of 2015 to make the station fully accessible, including the addition of three elevators and accessible fare gates.[3]

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby landmarks include Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church in The Kingsway and Mimico Creek.

Surface connections[edit]

  • 15 Evans to Sherway Gardens
  • 48 Rathburn to Mill Road
  • 73A Royal York to Dixon Road
73B to Eglinton Avenue and La Rose
73C to Claireport via Albion Road
76B to The Queensway and Grand Avenue
76C to The Queensway (Limited Service)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2012-2013" (PDF). 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 
  2. ^ A History of Subways on Bloor and Queen Streets, Transit Toronto 
  3. ^ "Royal York Station: Easier Access Program". TTC. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Royal York Station at Wikimedia Commons