Wellesley station

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TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Location16 Wellesley Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates43°39′55″N 79°23′02″W / 43.66528°N 79.38389°W / 43.66528; -79.38389Coordinates: 43°39′55″N 79°23′02″W / 43.66528°N 79.38389°W / 43.66528; -79.38389
PlatformsSide platforms
Structure typeUnderground
Disabled accessNo
OpenedMarch 30, 1954 (1954-03-30)
Passengers (2018[1])23,510
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Vaughan
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch

Wellesley is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on Wellesley Street East, east of Yonge Street. Wi-Fi service is available at this station.[2]


Wellesley station opened in 1954 as part of the original stretch of the Yonge line from Union to Eglinton stations, and was listed as a heritage property by the City of Toronto in 1984.[3] The address given for this listing of 16 Wellesley Street East/15 Dundonald Street, which differs from the TTC address, more accurately describes the location of the station structure which runs between those streets, to the rear of the properties fronting on the east side of Yonge Street.

On February 6, 2006, the only baby to be born on the subway, Mary Kim of Scarborough, was delivered on the Wellesley platform. Her mother Sun Hee Paik took the subway with her family to St. Michael's Hospital from their Scarborough home. She did not make it to the downtown hospital, going into labour on the train. Her husband delivered the baby after they disembarked at Wellesley and Toronto EMS arrived later to help finish the birth and send the mother and child to St. Michael's. TTC officials later promised to provide Mary with lifetime transit access.[4]

Station description[edit]

This station is located on the north side of Wellesley Street East east of Yonge Street. It is built on two levels with the entrance and bus platform at street level and the subway platforms located on the lower level.[5] A Gateway Newstands can be found in the station.

Wellesley is the only downtown TTC subway station with only one street entrance. Plans have been made to build a second exit on Dundonald Street. A second exit from the station was deemed necessary because it provides an additional way out of the station in case of an emergency. This second exit will include an automatic entrance into the station as well.[6] Work on the station is already well under way.[7]

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

North of the station the tunnel was constructed by cut and cover into Bloor station, where it crosses over Yonge station on Line 2 Bloor–Danforth. South of the station, the tunnel is mostly of a similar construction towards College station. The strip of land occupied by this section of the subway is distinguished by being used mainly for public parks or parking lots.

Surface connections[edit]

Station entrance and bus (Orion VII hybrid no. 1029) on route 94 Wellesley exiting the bus platform

Bus routes below can be boarded at a curbside stop with a valid transfer.


  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2018" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved February 5, 2019. 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.
  2. ^ "Wi-fi Now Available At". TCONNECT. Retrieved January 1, 2015. Each of the 65 underground stations will have wireless and Wi-Fi service by 2017
  3. ^ Heritage Property Detail – 16 Wellesley St E., Wellesley Street Subway Station
  4. ^ "Woman gives birth on Toronto subway platform". CTV News. February 7, 2006. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  5. ^ "TTC Wellesley Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "Wellesley Station Second Exit and Automatic Entrance" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "TTC Wellesley Station – Second Exit and Automatic Entrance". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 19, 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Wellesley station at Wikimedia Commons