TORONTO’s new subway stations were a very long time coming, but now they’re here and worth exploring. For downtowners, they allow easy access to Pioneer Village, the city’s marvelous heritage museum and to York University. York students will no longer have to wait for buses in biting cold, and for those attending night classes, the subway is a real boon. I know from experience.
The new stations are huge with very high ceilings and colourful rooftops. The platforms are vast by comparison to the older ones on the system. Signage is easy to read, but I got lost a couple of times mixing northbound with southbound. Lengthy tunnels connect the stations, which must have cost billions, but the winds blow cold out there and signal systems are prone to freezing up. This won’t happen – at least among the six.
If nothing else, taking Line One to its terminus in suburban VAUGHAN, makes you realize how sprawling this city is. For urban explorers, new territory has been opened up.
Next up for TORONTO’s transit system – the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT, which will be half underground, opening in 2021 with 25 stations; the Finch West LRT, an 11-kilometre line set to open in 2021; and in 2024 Metrolinx is scheduled to launch their Regional Express Rail (RER) Service on all seven GO Transit routes.
Keep on digging!