Scarborough Centre (TTC)

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Scarborough Centre
TTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg
Scarborough Centre Station - TTC.jpg
Location 290 Borough Drive,
Toronto, Ontario,
Canada
Coordinates 43°46′28″N 79°15′28″W / 43.77444°N 79.25778°W / 43.77444; -79.25778Coordinates: 43°46′28″N 79°15′28″W / 43.77444°N 79.25778°W / 43.77444; -79.25778
Platforms side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
GO Transit logo.svg Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal
Construction
Structure type elevated
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened 22 March 1985
Traffic
Passengers (2014[1]) 26,470
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Kennedy
TTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg Scarborough
Terminus

Scarborough Centre is a station on the Scarborough RT line of the Toronto subway and RT. It is located north of Ellesmere Road between Brimley and McCowan Roads, just south of Highway 401. It also houses the Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal.

History[edit]

Scarborough Centre station was opened in 1985 along with the rest of the Scarborough RT line. The station replaced a transit access to the Scarborough Town Centre shopping mall.

In 2000, this station became accessible with elevators.

Subway extension[edit]

The future of the station is still in question, as many proposals have been made about either the extension of the Bloor–Danforth line or a light rail transit replacement for the Scarborough RT.[2]

The Toronto Transit Commission had planned to extend the Sheppard line south-east from its current terminus at Don Mills to Scarborough Centre. The 190 Rocket Express bus currently links the two stations, making limited stops along Sheppard Avenue. In March 2007, however, the TTC dropped this plan when it announced its Transit City proposal to build the Sheppard East LRT Line. The station was also to be part of the Eglinton Crosstown line.[3][4] But amendments to the line's construction plan lead to the abandoning of that idea.

On September 4, 2013, the province of Ontario announced that it would fund two-thirds of the 6.4 km Bloor-Danforth line subway extension from Kennedy to Scarborough Centre, which would lead to the closure of the rest of the aging Scarborough RT line.[5]

On January 21, 2016, city council revised the subway extension plan which would make only one additional stop along Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth Line), which is the Scarborough Centre stop and saving $1 billion that would be used to extend the LRT line along Eglinton from Kennedy station, towards the University of Toronto Scarborough campus.[6]

Station description[edit]

Bus bays with the concourse and train platform levels above

The station is located north of Ellesmere Road, between Brimley and McCowan roads, south of the Scarborough Town Centre, and is built on three levels; the Scarborough RT is on the upper level, the mezzanine, and passenger entry from the mall and an automatic entrance from Brian Harrison Way is on the middle level (also where you pay fares to board RT), and the bus terminal and an automatic entrance from the Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal are at ground level. There is elevator access for all the TTC services, making this station fully accessible to anyone with disabilities.

Rapid transit infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

East of the station, the RT tracks continue travelling east on an elevated bridge until it reaches McCowan station. West of the station, the RT tracks are on an elevated bridge which begins to descend after passing over Brimley Road. It continues to descend until it reaches Midland station.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Located in Scarborough City Centre, nearby landmarks include the Scarborough Town Centre shopping mall, the Scarborough Civic Centre, Albert Campbell Square, the Canada Centre government offices, and the Scarborough YMCA.

Surface connections[edit]

Toronto Transit Commission[edit]

Scarborough Centre has the most surface routes (mostly operated from Malvern Division). A number of connecting buses serve the lower level, including TTC routes running into York Region like the 129A McCowan North.[7] The TTC routes that connect here are:

  • Platform 1:
  • Platform 2:
    199B to York University via Finch Station
  • Platform 3:
    • 129A McCowan North to Major Mackenzie Drive (extra fare required north of Steeles Avenue)
    129B to Steeles Avenue
  • Platform 4:
    21C northbound to Steeles Avenue
  • Platform 5:
    • Spare
  • Platform 6:
    • 134A Progress to Finch Avenue via Tapscott Road
    134B to McNicoll Avenue
    134C to Centennial College
  • Platform 7:
    38B to University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Platform 8:
    • 133 Neilson to Morningside Heights
  • Platform 9:
    • 131A Nugget to Old Finch Avenue/Morningview Trail
    131E Express eastbound to Old Finch Avenue/Morningview Trail
  • Platform 10:
  • Platform 11:
    • 9 Bellamy to Warden Station
  • Platform 12:
    21C southbound to Kennedy Station
  • Platform 13:
    • 43B Kennedy to Kennedy Station
    • 132 Milner to McLevin Avenue and Hupfield Trail
  • Platform 14:
    • 130A Middlefield to Steeles Avenue
    130B to Steeles Avenue via Maybrook Drive
    • 169A Huntingwood to Don Mills Station via Van Horne Avenue
    169B to Don Mills Station

Other operators[edit]

Further information: Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal

Scarborough Centre station is also home to the Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal which is located directly east of the TTC bus platform. It is served by GO Transit, Greyhound, Coach Canada, and Can-ar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2014" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 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 27 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown Presentation Update - Community Meeting (York Civic Centre)" June 30, 2011
  4. ^ "Eglinton LRT ready to launch" By Tess Kalinowski, Toronto Star. June 29, 2011
  5. ^ "Province To Extend Bloor-Danforth Subway Line". MTO. September 4, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Tory's new Scarbourough Transit plan: One subway stop, 17 LRT stops
  7. ^ https://swanboatsteve.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/20100119stcbusbays.pdf

External links[edit]

Media related to Scarborough Centre Station at Wikimedia Commons