Toronto Coach Terminal

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Toronto Coach Terminal
Toronto Coach Terminal facade2009.jpg
Location610 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°39′22″N 79°23′03″W / 43.65611°N 79.38417°W / 43.65611; -79.38417Coordinates: 43°39′22″N 79°23′03″W / 43.65611°N 79.38417°W / 43.65611; -79.38417
Owned byToronto Transit Commission[1]
Line(s)Greyhound
Coach Canada
Ontario Northland
PMCL
Megabus
Platforms7 bus bays (departure)
ConnectionsBSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Dundas subway station
Construction
ParkingNo
Bicycle facilitiesNo
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened1931
Rebuilt1984/1990
Traffic
Passengers1,000,000+[citation needed]

The Toronto Coach Terminal is the central bus station for inter-city services in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at 610 Bay Street, in the city's Downtown. The terminal is owned by Toronto Coach Terminal Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).[1] The TTC managed the station directly until July 8, 2012, when it was leased out in its entirety to bus lines Coach Canada and Greyhound Canada for $1.2 million annually.[2][3] Opened in 1931 as the Gray Coach Terminal, the Art Deco style terminal was home base for Gray Coach, an interurban bus service then owned by the TTC. It replaced an earlier open air terminal, Gray Line Terminal.[4]

History[edit]

The building was first opened as the Gray Coach Terminal in 1931, to serve as the terminal hub for the Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC) Gray Coach. The Art Deco building was a two-storey historic building with a four platform bays designed by architect Charles B. Dolphin, and was later expanded with seven bay platforms.

The north mezzanine of the terminal building shortly after opening in 1931.

In 1984, the building containing the east bus bays was renovated by demolishing the internal walls, keeping the external north and west walls intact—a process known as facadism.[5] An annex, located to the west of the main terminal building on Elizabeth Street, houses buses using the terminal. A renovation of the main terminal building occurred in 1990 to create more seating for waiting passengers and an upstairs restaurant which has since been closed with railings overlooking main floor enclosed with glass.

The modern west annex was originally built to handle GO Transit bus arrivals and departures but with the relocation of GO buses to the new Union Station Bus Terminal on Front Street in 2003, the annex now handles arrivals for the remaining bus lines while departures leave from the main terminal, a set-up that is rather unusual for bus terminals or other passenger transportation infrastructure. Nearby landmarks include the Toronto Eaton Centre, the Atrium on Bay, the Hospital for Sick Children, and the Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. It is also within walking distance of Chinatown. The station was maintained and operated by the TTC until 8 July 2012, when it was leased out in its entirety to coach bus lines Coach Canada and Greyhound Canada.

The building is listed in the City of Toronto's heritage register; it notes the Gray Coach Bus Terminal was built in 1932, designed by Charles Dolphin. It has been listed in the register since May 19, 1987. [6]

Future[edit]

The back of the Terminal's Annex building from Chestnut Street. It is located west of the main terminal.

Metrolinx, the government agency that oversees transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, plans to construct a new intercity bus terminal, which would ideally replace both the Coach Terminal and Union Station Bus Terminal and house GO Transit buses, Greyhound and Coach Canada in one location. The Coach Terminal proposed that a new facility be built at the terminal's current location combining the original terminal and the Elizabeth Street annex into one structure that could fit double the current number of bus bays.[7] However, in September 2014 Metrolinx announced plans to relocate the Union Station Bus Terminal to a new terminal building and development at 45 Bay Street.[8]

The relocation of intercity bus service from the Coach Terminal to the new station is under negotiation.[9] In April 2017, TTC staff proposed that the terminal be declared surplus when Coach Canada and Greyhound Canada vacate the terminal. The city agency Build Toronto is interested in acquiring the property for redevelopment.[10]

Location[edit]

Entrance to the Toronto Coach Terminal on Bay Street.

The Toronto Coach Terminal is located one block west of Dundas subway station, and connected to it underground via the PATH network. It is also about the same distance from St. Patrick subway station. The bus platforms are located on Edward Street, on the west side of the terminal building. A small side entrance on the west side off Elizabeth Street, is connected to the main concourse area on Bay Street by a corridor behind the bus platforms.

Services[edit]

The terminal is now used by Coach Canada, Greyhound Canada, and Ontario Northland.

Aerial view of the Toronto Coach Terminal's seven bay platforms, as well as the Annex building (right).

From the Toronto Coach Terminal, Coach Canada operates casino shuttles from Toronto to Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls. Under the Megabus Canada brand, Coach Canada operates double-decker buses to Montreal via Kingston with stops in Kirkland, QC, Cornwall, Brockville, and the Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal. Coach Canada also operates buses to Niagara Falls, with select buses going to Buffalo and Buffalo International Airport. In conjunction with Megabus USA (operated by Coach USA), Coach Canada operates buses to Buffalo, NY, Buffalo International Airport, Rochester on limited schedules, Syracuse, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Please see the Toronto Hub section on this page for more information on their schedules.

Greyhound Canada operates buses from the Toronto Coach Terminal to Toronto Pearson International Airport, Ottawa, Belleville, Peterborough, Pembroke, London, Windsor, and Detroit.

Greyhound Canada also operates a small network of commuter services branded as Quicklink. Buses run from the Toronto Coach Terminal to Barrie, Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Peterborough, and Waterloo.

See also[edit]

  • Sunnyside Bus Terminal, a satellite Gray Coach passenger terminal that operated in Toronto's west end until the bus line's closure.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b TTC Subsidiary Companies
  2. ^ Ask Torontoist: What’s Happening at the Toronto Coach Terminal?, Torontoist
  3. ^ McAllister, Mark (2015-02-16). "Toronto Coach Terminal hampered with maintenance issues". Global News. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  4. ^ Opening Day at the Toronto Coach Terminal, 1931
  5. ^ http://transit.toronto.on.ca/archives/data/200812220430.shtml
  6. ^ "Heritage Property Detail, Address: 610 BAY ST". City of Toronto's Heritage Property Search. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Allen, Kate (January 7, 2012). "Landmark bus depot loses its lustre". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  8. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/union-station-getting-new-go-bus-terminal-office-tower-development-1.2782397
  9. ^ "45 BAY & UNION STATION GO BUS TERMINAL REDEVELOPMENT SITE PLAN APPLICATION" (PDF). 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  10. ^ "Toronto Coach Terminal Inc. (TCTI) – 610 Bay Street and 130 Elizabeth Street, Toronto – Lease Disposition" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2017-04-20.

External links[edit]

Media related to Toronto Coach Terminal at Wikimedia Commons