St. Clair West station
|Location||370 St. Clair Avenue West|
|Architect||TTC in house architects|
|Opened||January 28, 1978|
St. Clair West is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It spans the block north of St. Clair Avenue West to Heath Street, between Bathurst Street and Tweedsmuir Avenue. The station serves the local communities of Forest Hill South, Humewood, Bracondale Hill and Casa Loma.
This station was opened in 1978, as part of the subway line extension from St. George station to Wilson Station. Its south end was in the City of Toronto while its north end was in what was then the Borough of York.
The 1995 Russell Hill subway incident occurred on August 11, 1995, between this station and Dupont station to the south on the southbound line. The impact site was closer to Dupont Station than to St. Clair West Station.
On September 3, 2017, the new Flexity Outlook streetcars were introduced to the 512 St. Clair streetcar route. Because the new streetcars are twice the length of the older CLRV streetcars, the underground platform assignments for streetcars at St. Clair West station had to be changed. Previously, streetcars for both directions shared the west-side platform for arrivals and the north-side platform for departures, each able to accommodate two CLRV streetcars. Now the west-side platform handles arrivals and departures for one eastbound streetcar, and the north-side platform for one westbound streetcar.
The station has three entrances, all of which currently accept Presto cards:
- The main entrance is located on the northeast side of Bathurst and St. Clair beside Loblaws. It has elevator access to all station levels.
- An entrance is located on the southeast corner of Bathurst and St. Clair which provides, via an underground tunnel, access to the main entrance and also to an automatic entrance to the platform level.
- An unstaffed automatic entrance is located on Heath Street adjacent to Tichester Road just east of Bathurst Street. This entrance has an elevator from street level to the concourse level, but not to the platform level.
Architecture and art
St. Clair West, designed by the TTC's in-house architects, is a colourful station featuring a wide variety of interior finishes such as ceramic tiles, brick and sculptural concrete surfaces. Backlit orange panels and an abstract tile pattern resembling a barcode at platform level distinguish the station from others in the system. The TTC built its first underground streetcar loop at this station circling an exceptionally spacious waiting area for connections to surface routes. Buskers often take advantage of the acoustics caused by the station's open architecture. Wilson is the one other station on the line which, due to its complexity, the TTC chose to design themselves.
The station has a second artwork, The Commuters by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, installed during the 2016/17 station renovations. The artwork consists of many bronze snails of about 50-centimetres in size clinging to the walls of a staircase leading from the bridge over the subway tracks to the streetcar/bus platform. The work was inspired by Pierre Berton’s book for children: The Secret World of Og.
Subway infrastructure in the vicinity
South of the station, the subway tunnel cuts southeast through the Nordheimer Ravine, where the emergency exit used in the Russell Hill accident is located, then continues in a bored tunnel south beneath Spadina Road and under Casa Loma to Dupont Station.
These routes can be boarded in the underground loop:
|33||Forest Hill||Northbound to Eglinton Avenue West (Roselawn Avenue)|
|90A||Vaughan||Northbound to Oakwood Avenue|
|90B||Northbound to Eglinton Avenue West|
|126||Christie||Southbound to Christie station|
|312||St. Clair-Junction||Blue Night service; Eastbound to St. Clair station and westbound to Jane station|
Overnight service stops on St. Clair Avenue West and does not enter the station.
|512||St. Clair||Streetcar; Eastbound to St. Clair station and westbound to Gunns Loop (west of Keele Street)|
To connect to these bus routes, passengers can walk outside the station to Bathurst Street and use a valid paper transfer:
|7||Bathurst||Northbound to Steeles Avenue West and southbound to Bathurst station|
|307||Blue Night service; Northbound to Steeles Avenue West and southbound to Exhibition Loop|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Subway ridership, 2018" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
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.
- "St. Clair West Station Easier Access Project" (PDF). TTC. June 25, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
- "There's now free WiFi at over 40 TTC subway stations". blogTO. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
- "512 St Clair – Introduction of Low-Floor Streetcars". Toronto Transit Commission. September 3, 2017. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
- Moffatt, Robert (October 28, 2010). "Art and architecture on the Yonge–University subway". Toronto Modern. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
- "Gordon Rayner". Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
- "Approval of Art Concepts for Coxwell, Wellesley, Royal York,Ossington and St. Clair West Stations" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. December 16, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
- Bateman, Chris (December 9, 2015). "Artistic overhaul coming to five TTC subway stations". Metro News. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
- Lost River Walks: Nordheimer Reach
- St Clair West Station: Connections to
- TTC: Walking Transfers
Media related to St. Clair West Station at Wikimedia Commons