St. Patrick station

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St. Patrick
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
St Patrick Platform 01.jpg
Location 449 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°39′17″N 79°23′18″W / 43.65472°N 79.38833°W / 43.65472; -79.38833Coordinates: 43°39′17″N 79°23′18″W / 43.65472°N 79.38833°W / 43.65472; -79.38833
Platforms centre platform
Tracks 2
Connections
Construction
Structure type underground
Disabled access No
History
Opened 28 February 1963
Traffic
Passengers (2015[1]) 30,250
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch

St. Patrick is a subway station on the Yonge–University line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located under University Avenue at Dundas Street West. Wi-Fi service is available at this station. [2]

The station, which opened in 1963, is named for the nearby St. Patrick's Church. It is one of only two stations in the system to have a tubular shape created by the tunnel boring machine, the other such station being Queen's Park, the next station to the north.

The murder of a schoolgirl here in 1975 prompted the TTC to adopt system-wide safety measures such as the first police patrols on the subway and the installation of emergency telephones and alarms. One of the three cross passages was blocked off, as well as at Queen's Park station, to prevent it being used as a hiding spot for criminals.[3]

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Canadian Airman's Memorial

The Canadian Airman's Memorial[4] was erected in the median of University Avenue above the station in 1984.
Nearby landmarks include St. Patrick's Church, The Michener Institute, the Royal Canadian Military Institute, the Consulate General of the United States, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Textile Museum of Canada, the Ontario College of Art and Design, and the Hospital for Sick Children. It is also within a very short walking distance, west along Dundas Street, to the original Chinatown.

Surface connections[edit]

A transfer is required to connect between the subway system and these surface routes:

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
142 Downtown/Avenue Road Express Northbound to Highway 401 and southbound to Downtown Toronto
Rush hour only, extra fare required
505 Dundas Streetcar; Eastbound to Broadview station and westbound to Dundas West station

Station improvements[edit]

St. Patrick Station was listed on the Toronto Community Foundation's list of stations which they expressed interest in donating funds for platform level appearance improvements. The organization successfully raised funds and designed the renovations of Museum Station.[5]

As part of its Easier Access Program, the TTC plans to add two new elevators, one from a new street level entrance to the concourse level, and a second from the concourse to the platform level. The TTC hopes to start construction in the winter of 2017 with completion in the winter of 2018.[6]

Station enhancements will also include the artwork titled Many Little Plans by artist Barbara Todd. The artwork will consist of over 400 ceramic tiles and be installed in alcoves at the platform level.[7]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "There's now free WiFi at over 40 TTC subway stations". blogTO. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  3. ^ Brait, Ellen (January 4, 2017). "Why part of TTC's St. Patrick station is still sealed off after 1975 murder". thestar.com. Toronto Star. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ Steve English. "Lest We Forget: Memorable Canadian War Memorials". CAA. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ Leslie Scrivener (Apr 6, 2008). "Sneak preview of $5-million facelift". Toronto Star. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Easier Access Project - St Patrick Station" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. March 1, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ "TTC Public Art Program". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to St. Patrick Station at Wikimedia Commons