St. Clair station

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St. Clair
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
St. Clair Platform.jpg
Location 15 St. Clair Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates 43°41′16″N 79°23′35″W / 43.68778°N 79.39306°W / 43.68778; -79.39306Coordinates: 43°41′16″N 79°23′35″W / 43.68778°N 79.39306°W / 43.68778; -79.39306
Platforms side platforms
Tracks 2
Structure type underground
Disabled access Yes
Opened March 30, 1954 (1954-03-30)
Passengers (2015[1]) 36,320
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Vaughan
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch
Deer Park Crescent
toward Gunns Loop
512 St. Clair Terminus

St. Clair is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The station opened in 1954 as part of the original Yonge Street subway.


The station is located between St. Clair Avenue East and Pleasant Boulevard behind the buildings on the east side of Yonge Street. The station has three vertical levels: Main entrance level (level with Saint Clair Avenue), concourse level (level with Pleasant Boulevard) and subway platform level. There are elevators, escalators and stairways connecting the levels.[2]

The station has four entrances:[2]

  • Main entrance is at street level on its south side of St. Clair Avenue East. This is a staffed, wheelchair-accessible entrance. There is a McDonald's restaurant within the station building beside the entrance door.
  • The secondary entrance is located at the concourse level which is also street level with Pleasant Boulevard. This is a staffed, wheelchair-accessible entrance.
  • A third entrance is from the concourse level of Saint Clair Centre at 2 Saint Clair Avenue East, at the north-east corner with Yonge Street. Stairs at the entrance lead down to the subway platforms.
  • A fourth entrance is from 1 Saint Clair Avenue East, a building at the south-east corner with Yonge Street. Stairs lead to the station concourse level.

The Saint Clair streetcar loop runs counter-clockwise behind buildings on the south side Saint Clair Avenue East. There are two streetcar platforms within the fare-paid zone: an arrival platform roughly perpendicular to Saint Clair Avenue, and a departure platform parallel to the avenue. Both platforms are on the main entrance level.[3]

A bus terminal is located on the south side of the station parallel to and accessed from Pleasant Boulevard. It is on the concourse level within the fare-paid zone next to the station's secondary entrance. A multi-storey building stands over the bus roadway and platform.[3]

Entrance on south side of St. Clair Ave, just east of Yonge St.


On March 30, 1954, the station opened along with the original Yonge subway (Eglinton to Union station).

Originally, in 1954, the station's streetcar loop handled streetcars coming from Mount Pleasant Road as well as Saint Clair Avenue West. Three routes with four destinations used to pass through the loop all sharing the same track. The streetcar services at the loop were:[4][5]

  • St. Clair route, both westbound to Keele Street and eastbound to Mount Pleasant Road and Eginton Avenue
  • Earlscourt route, westbound to Lansdowne Avenue
  • Rogers route (rush hour service), westbound to Rogers Road and Bicknell Avenue

In 1974, the Rogers streetcar route was converted to bus, ending direct rush-hour service between Rogers Road and St. Clair station. This abandonment was due to a streetcar shortage.[5][5]

On March 30, 1975, the St. Clair route east of St. Clair station became the separate Mt. Pleasant streetcar route. This ended the one-seat ride from Mount Pleasant Road to Saint Clair Avenue West thus forcing a change of vehicle at Saint Clair station.[5]

In July 25, 1976, the Mt. Pleasant streetcar line was converted to diesel bus, ending streetcar service east of St. Clair station. The Metro Roads Department, responding to complaints from motorists about streetcars on Mount Pleasant Road slowing traffic, forced the line's abondonment.[6][7]

On November 29, 1977, trolley buses replaced diesel buses on route 74 Mt. Pleasant and followed the former streetcar route; thus, the Mount Pleasant trolley buses used the streetcar loop and platforms at Saint Clair station rather than the bus terminal. The trolley buses operated out of the Eglinton Garage, the site being used today as the Eglinton station bus terminal.[7]

In 1978, the Earlscourt and St. Clair streetcar routes were merged as the 512 route. With the introduction of the CLRV, streetcar destination signs showed a route number instead of a route name. With this change, St. Clair station served only one streetcar route, although some 512 streetcars continued to be signed as terminating at Lansdowne Avenue during the rush hours.[5]

On December 28, 1991, the trolley buses on route 74 Mt. Pleasant were replaced by diesel buses, which again used the station's bus terminal.[7]

Since 2007, the station has been fully accessible with the addition of elevators, escalators and stairway connecting all levels.[8]

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

North of the station, the tunnel jogs west to cross to the west side of Yonge Street. At the Muir Portal the line runs in an open cut for 1.3 kilometres, between Yonge Street and the Davisville Yard, the TTC's original subway yard.

South of the station, the train continues to travel in a tunnel. Originally, the area south of the station was open-cut until Summerhill Avenue, immediately before Summerhill station; the line continued in open cut as far as Pleasant Boulevard, just before the next station to the north, St. Clair. Various sections of this open cut were roofed over as the years passed, and since the early 1980s it has been entirely under cover, except when one block was opened out and re-covered, to allow new construction above it. Passengers who look out into the tunnel on this section can still see the sloping sides of the original cut, the stumps of lamp posts and trees, and the undersides of four road bridges.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby landmarks include the David A. Balfour Park (Vale of Avoca section of Rosedale ravine), St. Michael's Cemetery, Deer Park, Moore Park, Upper Canada College, and Forest Hill.

Surface connections[edit]

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
74A Mount Pleasant Northbound to Doncliffe Drive
88A South Leaside Eastbound to Thorncliffe Park Drive via Overlea Boulevard
88B Eastbound to Thorncliffe Park Drive via Wicksteed Avenue
97B Yonge Northbound to York Mills station and southbound to Queens Quay
(Transfer to buses at stops on the street outside the station)
312 St. Clair-Junction Blue Night service; Westbound to Dundas West station
320 Yonge Blue Night service; Northbound to Steeles Avenue and southbound to Queens Quay
(Transfer to buses at stops on the street outside the station)
320A Blue Night service; Northbound to York Mills station
320E Blue Night service; Northbound to Eglinton station
512 St. Clair Streetcar; Westbound to Gunns Loop (west of Keele Street)


  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2015" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 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. ^ a b "St Clair Station – Station Description". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved December 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "St Clair Station – Northbound Platform, Toronto, ON, Canada". Google Maps. Retrieved December 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ Bow, James (July 5, 1973). "Streetcar Track Map 1973". Transit Toronto. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Bow, James (September 5, 2017). "Route 512 – The St Clair Streetcar". Transit Toronto. Retrieved December 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ Bow, James (April 21, 2013). "The Mount Pleasant Streetcar (Deceased)". Transit Toronto. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c Bow, James (September 6, 2016). "74 Mount Pleasant". Transit Toronto. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Accessible Transit Services Plan − 2006 Status Report" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. January 2006. Retrieved December 3, 2017. Installation of accessibility features, including elevators, is now underway at three stations, with the completion of work at Osgoode and York Mills Stations planned for early 2007, and St. Clair Station planned for June 2007. 

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