Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (TTC)
|Location||Highway 7 at Millway Ave.
|Owned by||City of Toronto|
|Connections||Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Terminal (York Region Transit)|
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre is a subway station under construction on the extension of the western branch of the Yonge–University–Spadina line of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada.
It is located under Millway Avenue on the north side of Highway 7, west of Jane Street, and is one of two new stations that are outside the City of Toronto in York Region. It is expected to open in 2016 when the extension of the line is finished.
The TTC has not decided how this will affect fare pricing; TTC bus riders are now required to pay extra fare when their bus crosses Steeles. However, in 1968, five subway stations opened inside the TTC's "fare 2" region at the time (Islington, Royal York, Old Mill, Victoria Park and Warden), yet no extra fare was required to reach those stations.
Geographically, this will be the northernmost station in the system.
On 27 November 2009 the ground-breaking ceremony was held for the Spadina Extension, and major tunnelling operations began in June 2011. The original project schedule expected the completion by 2015 but that is now delayed to autumn 2016-2018.
Grimshaw Architects have been retained to design the station, which will have a domed ovoid entrance building just north of the Viva platforms on Highway 7. The building will have four entrances in an X pattern; these will be the only entrances at the station's opening, but knockout panels are planned for future underground access to the station from evolving development (including a future YRT bus terminal).
Since the Spadina extension had been first drawn up, the TTC proposed "Vaughan Corporate Centre" as the station name and this is the name that the TTC still today uses in all their construction references. A Viva stop at the site of the station has the same name. On September 30, 2010, a TTC committee recommended that the name be changed to "Vaughan Centre", despite the City of Vaughan's request that it be named Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. However, the TTC delayed a final decision on the committee's report until February 2012, when Vaughan's preference of the full name was adopted. The TTC originally rejected the name to avoid branding it to a specific development. As well it would be long causing inconvenience when conveying it. Additionally "Vaughan Centre" is more consistent with other regional centre station names (ie. North York Centre and Scarborough Centre). A survey was conducted between September 23 and October 21 of 2011 by the TTC to determine the preferred name. 80% supported "Vaughan Centre", 5% supported "Vaughan Corporate Centre", 9% supported "Vaughan Metropolitan Centre" and 7% supported another name. Other discussed names were "Highway 7", "Highway 7 West", "Jane North", "Edgeley", "Creditstone", and "Applewood"'.
Proposed surface connections
York Region Transit is constructing bus-only lanes on Highway 7 for its Viva system. These plans coincide with the subway station's construction and include relocating the Vaughan Corporate Centre bus stop to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Terminal directly above the subway station. This bus stop will also be used by Brampton Transit's Züm system.
- David Nickle (Feb 29, 2012). "TTC gives blessing to Vaughan's preference on station name". InsideToronto. Metroland Media Group. Retrieved February 2012.
- "First Look: New TTC Map - Vaughan Metropolitan Centre". Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
- Kalinowski, Tess (27 November 2009). "TTC breaks ground on subway extension". The Star (Toronto).
-  TYSSE Schedule Status Update
- TTC Report December 16, 2009
- Official website
- Map indicating alignment of extension and location of stations
- Updated TTC Subway Map