Andy Byford introduced as interim head of TTC

TTC Chair Karen Stintz formally welcomed Andy Byford, Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Chief General Manager, to his first board meeting in his new acting capacity as the head of the TTC. “Andy has stepped into the role and provided credible leadership to the organization at a time when we’ve had a turbulent few weeks involving a number of employee assaults and a shooting of a Collector this past Sunday,” she said.

First two Spadina Subway Extension stations named

Commissioners formally approved the names of the first two stations on the six-station Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. The terminal station is called Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and the next station south on the line is called Highway 407. Both stations are located north of Steeles Avenue in York Region.

The subway station names were selected after considering input received through public consultations.

Other names considered for Vaughan Metropolitan Centre: Vaughan Centre, Highway 7, Highway 7 West, Jane North, Edgeley, Creditstone and Applewood. Other names considered for Highway 407: Highway 407 Transitway, Highway 407 West, Jane North, Beechwood, Black Creek, Exchange, Peelar, Adesso and Snider.

The TTC station-naming policy dictates that subway stations have a name that makes a direct reference to a geographic location. Of the TTC’s 69 stations, 58 are named for an intersecting or nearby street, six are named for a nearby major destination or landmark and five are named for the district in which they are located.

Here’s a description of the future stations:

  • Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station: will be located north of Highway 7 to the west side of the relocated Millway Avenue. The terminal station will be a multi-modal transportation hub with an off-street passenger-pick-up-and-drop-off area and connections to York Region Transit (YRT) Bus Terminal and to a Viva Bus Rapidway, which will run in the centre of Highway 7.
  • Highway 407 Station: will be located west of Jane Street and south of Highway 407, west of Black Creek. Station features include an inter-regional bus terminal, 600-space commuter lot and a connection for a future Highway 407 Transitway.