St. Clair West (TTC)

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St. Clair West
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
St. Clair West Platform 01.jpg
Location 370 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°41′02″N 79°24′54″W / 43.683888°N 79.415113°W / 43.683888; -79.415113Coordinates: 43°41′02″N 79°24′54″W / 43.683888°N 79.415113°W / 43.683888; -79.415113
Platforms side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections
Construction
Structure type underground
Disabled access Yes
Architect TTC in house architects[1]
History
Opened January 28, 1978
Traffic
Passengers (2015[2]) 28,110
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch
Bathurst Street
toward Gunns Loop
512 St. Clair
Tweedsmuir Avenue
toward St. Clair

St. Clair West is a subway station on the Yonge–University line 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.

Although the station is not wheelchair-accessible, there is an elevator at the Heath Street exit. Work is underway to make the station wheelchair-accessible by 2017. This work will include three elevators to access street, bus and streetcar level, concourse, and northbound/southbound platforms, automatic sliding doors and an accessible fare gate.[3] Wi-Fi service is available at this station. [4]

As of January 2017, the elevators from bus/streetcar to subway platform are now completed and began in service but an elevator from bus/streetcar to street level is still under construction.

History[edit]

This station was opened in 1978, as part of the subway line extension from St. George Station to Wilson Station. Its south end was then in the City of Toronto while its north end was in the Borough of York.

The sports field of St. Michael's College School is directly above the length of the station and a Loblaws supermarket is located over the entrance on the north side of St. Clair Avenue.

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.

Architecture and art[edit]

St. Clair West, designed by the TTC's in-house architects,[5] 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.[5]

The abstract enamel mural Tempo by Gordon Rayner[6] is on the mezzanine-level bridge crossing the tracks.

The station has a second artwork, The Commuters by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, installed during the 2016/17 station renovations.[7] 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.[8]

Detail of Tempo by Gordon Rayner
The Commuters snails climbing the walls

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

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,[9] then continues in a bored tunnel south beneath Spadina Road and under Casa Loma to Dupont Station.

Also constructed by cut-and-cover north of the station, the tunnel runs northwest through the Cedarvale Ravine to Eglinton West Station.

Surface connections[edit]

These routes[10] can be boarded in the underground loop:

  • 33 Forest Hill via Spadina Road to Eglinton Avenue
  • 90A Vaughan to Oakwood Avenue
90B to Eglinton Avenue

To connect to this bus route passengers can walk outside the station to Bathurst Street and use a valid paper transfer.[11]

  • 7 Bathurst between Bathurst Station and Steeles Avenue

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://archindont.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ArchindontWeb/buildingType.do?type=Subway+Stations&typeID=112
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "St. Clair West Station Easier Access Project" (PDF). TTC. June 25, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ "There's now free WiFi at over 40 TTC subway stations". blogTO. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Moffatt, Robert (October 28, 2010). "Art and architecture on the Yonge–University subway". Toronto Modern. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Gordon Rayner". Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ Bateman, Chris (December 9, 2015). "Artistic overhaul coming to five TTC subway stations". Metro News. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ Lost River Walks: Nordheimer Reach
  10. ^ St Clair West Station: Connections to
  11. ^ TTC: Walking Transfers

External links[edit]

Media related to St. Clair West Station at Wikimedia Commons