Yorkdale (TTC)

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TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Location Yorkdale Road at Yorkdale Service Road, Yorkdale Shopping Centre,
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates 43°43′29″N 79°26′51″W / 43.72472°N 79.44750°W / 43.72472; -79.44750Coordinates: 43°43′29″N 79°26′51″W / 43.72472°N 79.44750°W / 43.72472; -79.44750
Platforms centre platform
Tracks 2
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
York Region Transit YRT buses
GO Transit logo.svg Yorkdale Bus Terminal
Structure type at grade
Parking 1144 spaces, closed January 2014[1]
Architect Arthur Erickson
Opened 28 January 1978
Passengers (2014[2]) 34,160
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Downsview
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch

Yorkdale is a station on the Yonge–University line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the median of the William R. Allen Road just south of Highway 401. It opened in 1978 in what was then the Borough of North York, and is named for the nearby Yorkdale Shopping Centre to which it connects by an enclosed walkway.[3]

Connections to GO Transit commuter and Greyhound intercity buses are available at Yorkdale Bus Terminal, immediately west of the station.


Escalators to the platform from Ranee Ave entrance
  • Yorkdale Mall west entrance, next to Yorkdale Bus Terminal
  • Ranee Avenue and Allen Road, south entrance
  • Onramp to Highway 401 and Allen Road, north entrance

Architecture and art[edit]

Yorkdale was designed by Arthur Erickson.[4] The station is above ground, and also above street level. It has two tracks: northbound and southbound, and has a centre platform. A dramatic vaulted glass roof spans the length of the single centre platform. It terminates symmetrically at escalators and stairs at both ends of the platform, creating the appearance of a glass dome. The interior walls of the station at platform level are unfinished concrete, but artistically cast, and curve over the tracks to form the ceiling. The shape of the windows on these walls recalls the oval windows of subway trains. On the exterior, these concrete walls are clad with stainless steel.

Handrails on stairs leading to the platform are backlit. Platform shelters are unique to the station, designed in the oval shape which dominates many features in the station, with large windows. Like the centre pillars which hold X-shaped structural supports—distinctive in Toronto's rapid transit system to the station—they are clad in unpainted metal panels.

Yorkdale station won a Governor General's Award for Architecture in 1982,[5] and is listed as a heritage structure in Toronto's inventory of heritage properties.[6]

The station's glass roof originally featured an artwork by Michael Hayden—also responsible for the Sky's the Limit installation at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport—called Arc en ciel (French for "rainbow"). This piece consisted of a large number of mercury-vapour lamps painted in various colours that would light in a pattern, running along the station in the appropriate direction whenever a train went through. In the mid-1990s, it stopped working because of damaged transformers caused by water leakage.[7] Each transformer would have cost just $28 to repair at the time; however, because the TTC had not budgeted for its continued maintenance,[7] it was removed at the artist's request.

At a TTC meeting in September 2010, a deal was made for Oxford Properties, owner of Yorkdale Mall which connects to the station, to pay for the restoration of the installation.[7] The plan calls for the rebuilt piece to use LED lights, allowing for a broader range and customization of colours and patterns. Hayden requested that a maintenance contract be included, and for the piece installed by a Toronto-based company.[7] The cost of such a reinstallation was not known (the original installation cost $100,000)[8] until July 13, 2016, when it was revealed that the Oxford Properties would pay for much of the $500,000 cost to re-install the art installation, with some of the funds being from a pool dedicated to community improvements.[9]

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

South of Yorkdale station, Allen Road descends into a shallow open cut below the surrounding ground level, and the subway descends with it until Eglinton West Station. North of Yorkdale, the tracks remain elevated and cross Highway 401 to Wilson Station.

In late 2013, the entrance at Ranee Avenue is being altered with the south and north driveways being removed and curb being added to run parallel with the support pillars. In future bus will no longer drop passengers off directly at the doors. This project is in conjunction with resurfacing of Ranee to remove asbestos and the future construction of residential buildings along Allen Road on the south side of Ranee.[10]

In January 2014, the parking structure connected to the subway, which can accommodate 1144 cars, will be demolished for mall expansion and future parking structure will replace it in fall of 2015.[1] However, construction of the new parking structure has been delayed to late 2016 to coincide with the opening of Nordstrom.

Surface connections[edit]

Toronto Transit Commission[edit]

A transfer is required to connect between the subway and surface bus routes.

  • 47B Lansdowne to Queen via Bridgeland and Caledonia
47C to Queen via Orfus and Caledonia
  • 109B Ranee northbound to Neptune Drive and southbound to southbound to Eglinton West via Marlee Avenue and Flemington Road

York Region Transit[edit]

Yorkdale station in popular culture[edit]

Yorkdale station was used as the Transit Hub station in the film The Last Chase (1980) because of its futuristic look. It also appears in the movie Scanners (1981).


  1. ^ a b "TTC Yorkdale Commuter Parking Lot To Close Temporarily". TTC. November 5, 2013. Retrieved November 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Subway ridership, 2014" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 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. 
  3. ^ "Vintage Toronto Ads: Yorkdale… Another Toronto Attraction". Torontoist. Retrieved January 2014. ride the new Spadina Subway line right into Yorkdale's ultra-modern station. Descend the glasss-domed escalator or stairs . . . and you've arrived!  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.tobuilt.ca/php/tobuildings_more.php?search_fd0=6519
  5. ^ Arthur Erickson - awards
  6. ^ http://app.toronto.ca/heritage/property.do?pid=10221[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b c d Derek Flack (4 November 2010). "Michael Hayden's Arc en ciel might return to Yorkdale Station". blogTO. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Derek Flack (7 November 2010). "Sunday Supplement: Was John Tory conned out of the mayoral race?, pedestrian safety meets fashion disaster, Bloor Street open for business and memories of a Toronto igloo". blogTO. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/07/13/yorkdale-arc-en-ciel-to-shine-again.html
  10. ^ http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/ny/bgrd/backgroundfile-51338.pdf

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