St. Patrick (TTC)
|Location||449 University Avenue
|Opened||28 February 1963|
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.
The Canadian Airman's Memorial 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.
A transfer is required to connect between the subway system and these surface routes:
- 142 Downtown/Avenue Road Express northbound to Avenue Road & Bombay Avenue in the afternoon rushhour only and southbound to Downtown in the morning, with an extra fare required.
- 505 Dundas eastbound to Broadview Station and westbound to Dundas West Station
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. To date improvements at this station have not been finalized, and funding has not been secured.
There are plans to make the station accessible with installation of elevators in 2018 or the latest by 2025.
- "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.
- "There's now free WiFi at over 40 TTC subway stations". blogTO. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
- 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.
- Steve English. "Lest We Forget: Memorable Canadian War Memorials". CAA. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
- Leslie Scrivener (Apr 6, 2008). "Sneak preview of $5-million facelift". Toronto Star. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
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