Wilson station (Toronto)

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Wilson
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Wilson platform 01.jpg
Location570 Wilson Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°44′03″N 79°27′00″W / 43.73417°N 79.45000°W / 43.73417; -79.45000Coordinates: 43°44′03″N 79°27′00″W / 43.73417°N 79.45000°W / 43.73417; -79.45000
PlatformsCentre platform
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeAt grade
Parking1498 spaces[2]
Disabled accessNo
ArchitectTTC in-house architects[1]
History
Opened28 January 1978
Traffic
Passengers (2016[3])23,510
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Vaughan
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch

Wilson is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the median of Allen Road at Wilson Avenue. Wi-Fi service is available at this station.[4]

History[edit]

Wilson Station was opened in what was then the Borough of North York as the last station in the 1978 subway line extension north from St. George Station. The station and the street are named in honour of Norman D. Wilson, Toronto-based transportation engineer.

Wilson was the north-western terminus of the Yonge–University line for eighteen years and a major hub for TTC bus service, but with the extension to Sheppard West (then named Downsview) in 1996, many of the bus routes serving areas to the north were moved to the new station.[5]

Fare collection[edit]

From the station's opening in 1978 until 2017, the station featured a fare collector booth where passengers could pay cash fares or purchase TTC fare media such as tickets, tokens and Metropasses. Due to the system-wide introduction of the Presto card, the TTC replaced the fare booth collector with roaming customer service agents as of December 17, 2017, coinciding with the Line 1 subway extension to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. While customers cannot purchase traditional fare media at this station, they can still use them to pay their fares or they can pay in cash with exact change.[6]

Architecture and art[edit]

Canyons sculpture by Ted Bieler

Wilson is one of two Yonge–University line stations on the west side of the line, along with St. Clair West, that was designed by the TTC's in-house architects.[7]

The subway station building is a simple enclosed concrete structure built within the median of Allen Road where it crosses over Wilson Avenue. The mezzanine level connects by a maze of tunnels to the bus terminal, a kiss-and-ride facility and four commuter parking lots with a total of 2257 spaces.[2] An additional island bus platform, no longer needed for the reduced number of connecting buses after the line was extended to Sheppard West Station,[5] was mothballed and now serves as a storage area.

A wall sculpture by Ted Bieler entitled Canyons[8] is located at the mezzanine level.

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

The crossover at Wilson station

Northwest of the station is the Wilson Yard, opened in 1977, which houses the system's largest subway marshalling yard having taken over Yonge-University line operations from Davisville Yard in 1993 and a large bus garage servicing most of the bus routes in north Toronto. The original yard access tracks form part of the mainline north to Sheppard West station, crossing under the southbound lanes of Allen Road and descending, as does the road itself, down to ground level. There is a diamond crossover south of the station, widely used to reverse trains when the station was a terminus, and still frequently used for short turning.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby landmarks include Costco, the southern end of Downsview Park (formerly Downsview Airport); large events at the park, such as visits by the Pope John Paul II and benefit concerts, have resulted in heavy use of this station.

Tenants[edit]

Surface connections[edit]

Wilson station bus terminal

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
29A Dufferin Southbound to Exhibition Place (Dufferin Gate)
29C Southbound to Exhibition Place (Princes' Gates)
96A/B/D Wilson Eastbound to York Mills station
96A Westbound to Carrier Drive via Kipling Avenue and John Garland Boulevard
96B Westbound to Humberline Drive and Albion Road via Westhumber Boulevard and Martin Grove Road
96D Westbound to Carrier Drive and Westmore Drive
104 Faywood Northbound to Sheppard West station via Wilson Heights Boulevard
118 Thistle Down Westbound to Thistle Down Boulevard via Tandridge Crescent
119 Torbarrie Westbound to Torbarrie Road and Clayson Road
(Rush hour service)
120 Calvington Westbound to Sheppard Avenue West and Jane Street via De Havilland
160 Bathurst North Northbound to Centre Street
(Extra fare required north of Steeles Avenue)
165 Weston Rd North Eastbound to York Mills station and westbound to Steeles Avenue West
186 Wilson Rocket Eastbound to York Mills station and westbound to Humber College
(Weekday express service)
929 Dufferin Express Southbound to Exhibition Place (Dufferin Gate)
(Weekday service)
329 Dufferin Blue Night service; Northbound to Steeles Avenue West and southbound to Exhibition Loop. Overnight service stops on Transit Road and does not enter the station.
396 Wilson Blue Night service; Eastbound to York Mills station and westbound to Martin Grove Road and Steeles Avenue West. Overnight service stops on Wilson Avenue and does not enter the station.
108C Driftwood bus at Wilson Station

During the early morning, the following routes from Sheppard West station also operate to/from Wilson station.

Route Name Additional Information
105A Dufferin North To Steeles
107 St Regis To Pioneer Village station[9]
108C Driftwood To Pioneer Village station via Arleta[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://archindont.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ArchindontWeb/buildingType.do?type=Subway+Stations&typeID=112
  2. ^ a b "Parking". Wilson Station. Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "Subway ridership, 2016" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 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.
  4. ^ "There's now free WiFi at over 40 TTC subway stations". blogTO. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  5. ^ a b Bow, James. "Downsview Station". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  6. ^ "New Customer Service Agents at TTC stations". ttc.ca. Toronto Transit Commission. Archived from the original on April 20, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Robert Moffatt (28 October 2010). "Art and architecture on the Spadina subway". Toronto Modern. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  8. ^ "Canyons". Ted Bieler. Dittwald Toronto Sculpture. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  9. ^ "File Info: trips.txt - TransitFeeds". transitfeeds.com. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  10. ^ "108 Driftwood - Transit Toronto - Surface Route Histories". transit.toronto.on.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-28.

External links[edit]

Media related to Wilson station at Wikimedia Commons