Wilson station (Toronto)
|Location||570 Wilson Avenue|
|Structure type||At grade|
|Architect||TTC in-house architects|
|Opened||28 January 1978|
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.
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.
Architecture and art
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. An additional island bus platform, no longer needed for the reduced number of connecting buses after the line was extended to Sheppard West Station, was mothballed and now serves as a storage area.
A wall sculpture by Ted Bieler entitled Canyons is located at the mezzanine level.
Subway infrastructure in the vicinity
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 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.
- Donut shop
- Lottery booth
- Gateway Newstands
TTC routes serving the station include:
|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)|
|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.|
During the early morning, the following routes from Sheppard West station also operate to/from Wilson station.
|105A||Dufferin North||To Steeles|
|107||St Regis||To Pioneer Village station|
|108C||Driftwood||To Pioneer Village station via Arleta|
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- "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.
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Media related to Wilson station at Wikimedia Commons