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Vaughan Metropolitan Centre
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Location Highway 7 at Millway Ave.
Vaughan, Ontario
Coordinates 43°47′39″N 79°31′39″W / 43.79417°N 79.52750°W / 43.79417; -79.52750Coordinates: 43°47′39″N 79°31′39″W / 43.79417°N 79.52750°W / 43.79417; -79.52750
Platforms Centre platform
Tracks 2
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Terminal (York Region Transit)
Bus rapid transit Highway 7 Rapidway
Structure type Underground
Disabled access Yes
Architect Grimshaw Architects
Architectural style Postmodern architecture
Other information
Status Under construction
Opening December 2017[1]
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
Terminus TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University Extension in 2018

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre[2] is a subway station under construction on the extension of the western arm of the Line 1 Yonge–University subway 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. The project was expected to be completed by the autumn of 2016 but it is now estimated that 31 December 2017 will be the earliest achievable date to deliver the project.[1]

To avoid the difficulty of implementing a payment-on-exit system, the station will be part of the TTC's Toronto fare zone despite being located north of Steeles Avenue.[3] This is in contrast to TTC-contracted bus routes, where riders are required to pay extra fare when their bus crosses Steeles. This is analogous to the situation in 1968, when five subway stations opened inside the TTC's "Zone 2" area at the time (Islington, Royal York, Old Mill, Victoria Park and Warden), yet no extra fare was required to reach those stations, although the Zone 2 fare was charged when transferring to connecting buses.[4]

Geographically, this will be the northernmost station in the system.[5]


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[6] but that is now delayed to autumn 2016-2018.[7]

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).[8]

Station name[edit]

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[9][10] until February 2012, when Vaughan's preference of the full name was adopted.[2] 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 (i.e. North York Centre and Scarborough Centre).[11] 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.[11] Other discussed names were "Highway 7", "Highway 7 West", "Jane North", "Edgeley", "Creditstone", and "Applewood"'.[11]

Regional Bus Terminal[edit]

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Terminal
Location Millway Avenue,
Vaughan, Ontario
Coordinates 43°47′46″N 79°31′40″W / 43.79611°N 79.52778°W / 43.79611; -79.52778
Owned by Regional Municipality of York
Operated by York Region Transit
Platforms 8
Bus operators BSicon BUS1.svg YRT
Connections BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg VMC subway station
Bus rapid transit Highway 7 Rapidway
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 2
Opening 2017

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Terminal or SmartREIT Terminal is the proposed York Region Transit and Viva bus terminal, located north of the station to the west side of Millway Avenue.[12][13] The terminal will be a multi-modal transportation hub and is expected to open with the subway station in 2017. It will have an underground walkway linking it with the station.

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre has been identified by Metrolinx as a transportation mobility hub.[14]

Proposed surface connections[edit]

York Region Transit (YRT), Viva, and 501 Züm Queen (Brampton Transit) routes will connect to the station. There will be no free transfers between these systems and the subway.

Platform assignments[edit]

  • Platform 1: 10 Woodbridge
  • Platform 2: 20 Jane
  • Platform 3: 26 Maple Local
  • Platform 4: 35 Concord Local
  • Platform 5: 77 Highway 7
  • Platform 6: Viva Silver
  • Platform 7: Viva Orange
  • Platform 8: 501 Züm Queen.

City centre development[edit]

Vaughan plans to build a transit-oriented city centre from scratch around the station in what is a low density area featuring big box stores and vacant land. Vaughan projects that by 2031, the new downtown will have 25,000 residents and employment for more than 11,000 people. Vaughan planning commissioner John MacKenzie said that Mississauga took 20 to 25 years to build its city centre without a subway, but hopes to accelerate the process in Vaughan with the help of the subway extension.[15]


  1. ^ a b A. Byford, CEO (26 March 2015). "Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension – Schedule and Budget Change" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved February 2015. The TYSSE project is currently 70 per cent complete. However, it has been determined that the publicly stated opening date of the end of 2016 and the approved budget are not achievable. This report recommends that a comprehensive project “reset” involving a new third-party project manager be undertaken to deliver the project by December 31st, 2017  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b David Nickle (Feb 29, 2012). "TTC gives blessing to Vaughan's preference on station name". InsideToronto. Metroland Media Group. 
  3. ^ James Bow. "A Subway to York University and Beyond: North of Finch". Transit Toronto. 
  4. ^ James Bow. "A History of Subways on Bloor and Queen Streets: Celebrating the Subway's first stop in the suburbs". Transit Toronto. 
  5. ^ "First Look: New TTC Map - Vaughan Metropolitan Centre". Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. Retrieved 2015-12-03. 
  6. ^ Kalinowski, Tess (27 November 2009). "TTC breaks ground on subway extension". The Star. Toronto. 
  7. ^ [1] TYSSE Schedule Status Update
  8. ^ TTC Report December 16, 2009
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  12. ^ "Spadina Subway Transit Strategy" (PDF). 2015 Annual Service Plan. York Region Transit. 2015. p. 145. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
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  14. ^ "Vaughan Corporate Centre" (PDF). Mobility Hub Profile. Proposed surface connectionsMetrolinx. 19 September 2012. Retrieved April 2015. this hub is planned to integrate subway, rapid transit and local bus service  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  15. ^ Noor Javed (6 April 2012). "Toronto’s subway brings downtown vision to Vaughan". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2016-06-30. 

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