Highway 407 station

Highway 407 is a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University of the Toronto subway. It is located at the southwest quadrant of the Jane Street and Highway 407 interchange, in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. It is one of two Toronto subway stations that are outside Toronto city proper, the other being Vaughan Metropolitan Centre station.

Highway 407
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
TTC Highway 407 Station Platform 1.jpg
Highway 407 station at platform level
Location7332 Jane Street,
Vaughan, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°47′02″N 79°31′23″W / 43.78389°N 79.52306°W / 43.78389; -79.52306Coordinates: 43°47′02″N 79°31′23″W / 43.78389°N 79.52306°W / 43.78389; -79.52306
PlatformsCentre platform
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Parking600 spaces
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectAedas
Architectural stylePostmodern architecture
History
OpenedDecember 17, 2017 (2017-12-17)[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2018[2])3,440
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
Terminus
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch

DescriptionEdit

 
Highway 407 station fare concourse

The design team for the station was AECOM as the prime consultant, Aedas as design architect, and Parsons Brinckerhoff as design engineers.[3] The station is an intermodal transit facility providing connections between the Toronto subway system, GO Transit and York Region Transit buses, Ontario Northland intercity coaches, and a future Highway 407 Transitway.[4] The station has a 600-space commuter parking lot and a large 18-bay surface regional bus terminal. This station has been engineered and positioned in conjunction with a proposed underground bus stop for the proposed Highway 407 Transitway.[5] The station has an open design, particularly to the east overlooking the Black Creek. Due to structural elements related to the water table, the centre platform has no columns, with all weight being transferred to the sides to counter buoyancy.[5] The station has a metal "cool roof" to reflect heat from the sun.[6]

 
Sky Ellipse glass panel artwork by David Pearl

Toronto artist David Pearl designed the artwork titled Sky Ellipse consisting of multi-coloured glass panels for the subway skylights and the western bus terminal glass facade. The panels show moving projections of colour. Sunlight filters down to platform level.[7][4][3]

HistoryEdit

On November 27, 2009, the official groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Toronto–York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE), and major tunnelling operations began in June 2011. The extension and station opened on December 17, 2017.[8]

In 2018[needs update], Highway 407 station had the second lowest usage of the six new stations along the TYSSE at 3,400 people per day. The lowest was 2,500 people per day at Downsview Park station, and the highest was 34,100 people per day at York University. However, after GO bus routes are changed to terminate at Highway 407 station instead of the York University campus, usage at Highway 407 station is expected to increase, as ridership at this station comes mostly from York University students and staff transferring from buses.[9]

Fare collection and zoneEdit

Legacy TTC fare media (tokens and tickets) are accepted at this station pending elimination, but they cannot be purchased by passengers, who otherwise need to pay exact change for cash fares. Presto cards can be purchased and loaded with funds for single rides or with TTC monthly passes for unlimited travel using various automated machines at the station.[10]

To avoid the difficulty of implementing a payment-on-exit system, the station is part of the TTC's Toronto fare zone despite being located in York Region.[11] This is in contrast to TTC-contracted bus routes, where riders are required to pay extra fare when their bus crosses the municipal boundary at Steeles Avenue. This is analogous to the situation in 1968, when five subway stations opened outside the pre-amalgamation Toronto city limits in the TTC's "Zone 2" area at the time, yet no extra fare was required to reach those stations, although the Zone 2 fare was charged when transferring to connecting bus routes in the suburban municipalities of Metropolitan Toronto.[12] Similarly, at this (as well as at the adjacent Vaughan Metropolitan Centre station), there are currently no free transfers to and from regional buses, which are the only surface routes serving it.

Highway 407 Bus TerminalEdit

Highway 407 Bus Terminal
 
Owned byGO Transit
Bus routes   Ontario Northland
(Toronto–North Bay)
Bus stands18
Bus operators
Construction
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeGO Transit: 02674
Fare zone19
History
OpenedDecember 30, 2017 (2017-12-30)[13]

There are no connecting TTC buses at this station, but the regional bus terminal, located outside the station's fare-paid area, serves GO Transit and YRT bus routes,[14][15] as well as Ontario Northland intercity coaches.[16] It is the only regional bus terminal serving a TTC subway station that is part of the main station building and is the largest bus terminal in the GO Transit system with 18 bus bays (13 for GO Transit and 5 for YRT) plus 17 layover bays. It includes a GO customer service counter, Presto and GO ticket vending machines, and washrooms.[13] A $1.50 co-fare discount was introduced for Presto card users when transferring between GO Transit and the subway effective January 7, 2018.[17][18]

The following YRT routes serve the terminal:[19]

Route Name Additional Information
20 Jane Northbound to Teston Road via Vaughan Metropolitan Centre station and Vaughan Mills Terminal, and southbound to Pioneer Village station
Mobility Plus Paratransit service transfer point—various destinations

The following GO routes serve the terminal:[20]

Route Name Additional Information
25F Waterloo/Mississauga Westbound to University of Waterloo
Friday & Sunday express
40 Hamilton/Richmond Hill Westbound to Hamilton GO Centre via Mississauga Transitway and Toronto Pearson International Airport. Eastbound to Richmond Hill Centre
45 407 West
(All services westbound)
To Streetsville GO
Weekdays
45A To Square One Bus Terminal
Seasonal weekday express
46 To Oakville GO
Weekdays
47 To Hamilton GO Centre
47D To Bramalea GO
Seasonal weekday express
47F To McMaster University
Seasonal express
48 To University of Guelph
Weekdays
48A To Meadowvale GO
Seasonal weekday express
48B To Meadowvale GO
Weekdays
48F To University of Guelph
Friday and Sunday seasonal express
51 407 East
(All services eastbound)
To Pickering GO
Weekdays
51A To Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal
Seasonal weekday express
51B To Pickering GO Station
Weekday express
51C To University of Toronto Scarborough
Seasonal weekday express
52 To Oshawa Bus Terminal
52B To UOIT
Seasonal weekday express
52D To Unionville GO Station

Weekday express

54 To Mount Joy GO Station
Weekdays
54C To Mount Joy GO Station
Seasonal weekday express

Ontario Northland also serves the station with two daily northbound and two daily southbound trips on its Toronto–North Bay route, which also serve Yorkdale Bus Terminal next to Yorkdale station.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Beattie, Samantha; Spurr, Ben (December 16, 2017). "After delays, cost overruns, and tragedy, a subway to Vaughan is complete". thestar.com. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Subway ridership, 2018" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved February 5, 2019. 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. ^ a b "TYSSE: Highway 407 Station". UrbanToronto. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Highway 407 Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Highway 407 Station – Approval of Conceptual Design" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. November 17, 2009. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "TTC Green Initiatives". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Dixon, Guy (September 29, 2017). "A subway station worth lingering in". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  8. ^ TYSSE Schedule Status Update
  9. ^ Spurr, Ben (December 16, 2018). "Two stations on new York subway extension among the least used on the TTC network". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "New Customer Service Agents at TTC stations". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  11. ^ James Bow. "A Subway to York University and Beyond: North of Finch". Transit Toronto.
  12. ^ James Bow. "A History of Subways on Bloor and Queen Streets: Celebrating the Subway's first stop in the suburbs". Transit Toronto.
  13. ^ a b "Hwy 407 Bus Terminal". GO Transit. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  14. ^ Christie, Nathan (November 28, 2014). "Catching Up With TTC's Upcoming Highway 407 Station". Urban Toronto.
  15. ^ "TTC Line 1 Subway Extension". York Region Transit. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  16. ^ "Toronto - Barrie - Bracebridge - Huntsville - North Bay" (PDF). Ontario Northland. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  17. ^ Janus, Andrea (October 6, 2017). "Cheaper fare coming for transit users who ride both TTC and GO". CBC News. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  18. ^ https://www.prestocard.ca/en/about/discounted-double-fare
  19. ^ "Terminals". YRT.ca. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  20. ^ "Stop Finder". Triplinx.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Highway 407 station at Wikimedia Commons