|Location||16 Shaftesbury Avenue
|Opened||30 March 1954|
Summerhill is a subway station on the Yonge–University line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on Shaftesbury Avenue just east of Yonge Street, with the entrance being at the north end of the train platforms. The station opened in 1954 as part of the original Yonge line.
Like Rosedale Station, the next station to the south, it is currently among the less used stations, with only 5,770 average weekday ridership. This is mainly due to having no surface transit connections except the parallel Yonge Street bus and no major local destinations. The station has to rely entirely on the immediate Summerhill residential neighbourhood for passengers.
Although the station is rated as high priority in the requirement for a second exit, no work has yet been done to provide additional access at the south end of the station.
Subway infrastructure in the vicinity
The tunnel originally ended immediately north of the station at Summerhill Avenue and continued in open cut as far as Pleasant Boulevard, just before St. Clair, the next station. 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 to allow new construction above it. Passengers who look out from the train 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 bridges which still carry side streets over the line.
South of the station, the tunnel emerges to the surface at Rowanwood Drive. Originally the line surfaced at Price Portal, but a one-block section from Rowanwood Drive to Price Street was roofed over in 2002 for parking.
- The Catholic Pastoral Centre, which includes the offices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, is on the NE corner of Yonge and Shaftesbury beside the station entrance.
- Just south of Summerhill TTC station is the Canadian Pacific Railway’s former Summerhill-North Toronto station, now restored and repurposed as an LCBO liquor store. GO Transit’s Midtown line, proposed as recently as 2000 but not a current priority, would see that station reopened and served by commuter trains bypassing Toronto’s downtown Union Station, and turn Summerhill into a major interchange between local public transport and mainline railways.
- The station is a meeting point for walking clubs heading east to the Rosedale Ravine via a staircase from Shaftesbury Avenue down to David A. Balfour Park.
- The Toronto Lawn Tennis Club is also nearby.
All connecting bus routes require a transfer and can be boarded at curbside stops.
- 97B Yonge northbound to Steeles Avenue
- 97B southbound to Queens Quay
- 320 Blue Night Yonge northbound to Steeles Avenue
- 320A northbound to York Mills Station
- 320E northbound to Eglinton Station
- 320 southbound to Queens Quay
- "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.
- Richard C. Ducharme (April 14, 2004). "Fire Safety and Second Exits at Subway Stations". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 2011.
- Archdiocese of Toronto: Contact Us
- "GO Transit's Future Midtown Line". Transit Toronto. 2006-10-06. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
- Toronto Lawn Tennis Club is located between Summerhill and Rosedale subway stations, just east of Yonge
Media related to Summerhill Station at Wikimedia Commons
- Summerhill Station at the Toronto Transit Commission
- on YouTube This shows the characteristics of the line north from Rosedale station. First the open cut, followed by the wider more recently covered section and finally the narrow original tunnel into Summerhill station and the arrival at the platform.