November 3, 2017
For the next six weeks, I will focus on one new Line 1 extension subway station and some of its unique features, starting with Downsview Park Station.
There are now just over six weeks to go until the opening of the spectacular Line 1 subway extension to Vaughan in York Region.
Last weekend, about 5,000 visitors marvelled at the northernmost three of the six beautiful new stations that will be part of our subway from December 17. To make that a reality, virtually all TTC departments are singularly focussed on making launch day a roaring success.
The southernmost stop on the new extension is Downsview Park. Situated within the park from which it gets its name, this multi-modal facility will serve both Line 1 and the GO Barrie Line. The GO line bisects the twin TTC buildings at surface level and features its own dedicated platform. In addition, four bus routes serve the station.
The station has been designed so that sunlight permeates all the way down to the subway platform. It features a green roof and is fully accessible, PRESTO-enabled and Wi-Fi/cell- equipped, as are all the new stations.
A fun feature of Downsview Park is the artwork called Spin by Panya Clark Espinal.
Look out also for the fossils embedded within the stone surrounds to the main station entrances — a further nod to the sympathetic way this station sits within Canada’s first urban national park.
Last weekend, Line 1 was closed from St Clair to Lawrence stations while TTC crews completed the following crucial state-of-good-repair work:
- Replacing 120 feet of track
- Replacing signal switches and track circuits
- Upgrading 300 feet of traction power cables
- Removing 15 trees for fire ventilation expansion
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to upgrade and maintain infrastructure, work that is critical to ensuring we remain a safe and reliable transit system for our 1.8 million daily riders.
This Sat., Nov. 4, signal work will impact service on Line 1 Yonge University. From start of service on Saturday morning until about noon, there will be no service between St George and Sheppard West stations. At noon, service will resume between St George and Wilson stations only. There will be no service between Wilson and Sheppard West stations for the rest of the day.
Shuttle buses will run between Sheppard West and Lawrence West during the morning, and between Sheppard West and Wilson throughout the entire closure. Wheel- Trans will be available for customers who need it.
Full subway service resumes Sunday at 8 a.m.
Name: Laura Lehming
Position: Wayfinding Designer and Planner
Years of service: 2
I’ve been with the TTC for more than two years as a graphic designer. I work on campaigns, wayfinding projects, branding and special events around the TTC. One of my favourite projects I’ve gotten to work on was the Honest Ed’s station transformation. When Honest Ed’s was shutting down we thought of it as an opportunity to commemorate our neighbour at Bathurst Station. I worked with the sign painter at Honest Ed’s to “Honest Ed-ify” the station signage in the style of the store. We also worked internally to come up with transit puns to cover the station windows and concourse. Before I started working at the TTC, I always thought of ways that we could reflect the neighbourhoods surrounding subway stations using graphics and signage. It was cool to see customers’ reactions getting off the train after we transformed the station overnight.
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