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Project News April 2014

April 9, 2014

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Construction Update: Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station

Rendering of Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station
Rendering of Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Station will be the final stop on the new Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. VMC Station is under construction north of Highway 7 and west of Jane Street. The most distinctive feature of this station will be the domed main entrance building supporting a metal cool roof. The roof is designed with a high solar reflectance to reduce heat absorption. From the inside, transit riders will see a number of skylights in the dome that will allow daylight to shine through to the concourse level.

Construction progress

Construction of this station is progressing well for the three main components: station structure, tail track, and crossover track.

Station structure: The excavation of the station box and installation of shoring, including cross-bracing as shown in the photo below, are complete.

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station looking south, concourse in foreground
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station looking south, concourse in foreground – February 25, 2014

Installation of reinforcing steel and concrete work is in progress as the contractor builds the invert slabs, walls, platform, concourse and the roof.

Tail Track: The tail track is located at the end of the subway line, where trains can be parked and stored when not in use. Construction of the tail track at VMC Station is substantially complete and backfilling over the structure is underway. A pedestrian tunnel, which sits on top of the tail track, is nearing completion and will provide an underground connection to the future York Region Transit bus terminal.

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre tail track
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre tail track – December 19, 2013

Crossover: A crossover structure has tracks and switches that allow trains to cross from one track to another. The crossover at VMC Station is located south of Highway 7. The last tunnel boring machine arrived at the south end of the crossover in November 2013, completing all project twin tunnelling.

Crossover looking north from tunnel connection
Crossover looking north from tunnel connection – February 25, 2014

Building for the future

When the subway opens, commuters at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre will experience transit that is connected and convenient. VMC Station will serve as a multi-modal transportation hub, offering access to a variety of other transit options, including a York Region Transit bus terminal and a connection to the vivaNext rapidway in which buses will run in dedicated centre-lanes east and west along Highway 7. VMC Station is designed to maximize potential transit oriented development. A single continuous concourse level will provide opportunities for future developer connections.

Rendering of future vivaNext Rapidway
Rendering of future vivaNext Rapidway

VMC Station rendering, concourse
VMC Station rendering, concourse

VMC Station rendering, entrance interior at street level
VMC Station rendering, entrance interior at street level

The TYSSE project is an 8.6-kilometre extension of the Toronto Transit Commission’s Yonge-University-Spadina subway line from its present terminus at Downsview Station (to be renamed Sheppard West Station when the extension is complete) to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre at Highway 7. It will have six new stations. The expansion of the subway will bring the line into The Regional Municipality of York.

The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension project is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and The Regional Municipality of York.

In the next issue...

The next issue of Project News will feature Finch West Station.

 Rendering of Finch West Station

For More Information

Call: 1-800-223-6192
Email: tysse@ttc.ca to receive regular construction notices
YouTube: Visit the Official TTC YouTube Channel
http://www.youtube.com/officialttcchannel to view three tunnelling videos; the latest shows construction of the northern tunnels by TBMs “Yorkie” and “Torkie” in York Region.

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Bus Route Changes

TTC Bus

Review the new changes to bus routes in the area to connect to the new subway extension.

Read about it here!

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