York Chapter

Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension

By: Toronto Transit Commission. (2016 PEO York Engineering Project of the Year Award Winner - Large Sized Company Category)


Congrualtions to Toronto Transit Commission for their award winning engineering project submission to York Chapter's Engineering Project of the Year Award!  Below are further details about their project submission to provide more information into their subway expansion!


The project involves an 8.6 km, 6 station, extension of the existing TTC's Line 1 (Yonge-University) Subway line from its presentt terminus at Downsview Station, to the Vaugh Metropolitan Centre in York Region, at an estimated cost of $3.18 billion. By extending the subway system to York Region, the Project will bring high quality rapid transit service to the fastest growing Region in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and will promote transit use in both the City of Toronto and York Region, with seamless connections to other transit services along the line. In it sopening year of operation, the subway extension is projected to carry more than 80,000 riders every day, and to increase to more than 100,000 per day in 2021. The Project is also expected to contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, stimulate economic development in the Project corridor, support transit oriented development in grown centres/mobility hubs, reduce the environmental impacts of projected growth, and improve the economic competitiveness of the GTA. 

Subscribing to sustainable design principles, the project adopted the Toronto Green Standard for its sttion and facilities design, including Wet Weather Flow Guidelines, Bird Friendly Development Guidelines, Green Roof By-law, Greening of parking lots all of which were incorporated into the project design elements. All stations meet AODA guidelnes and follow TTC standards for accessibility and wayfinding.

The 6 stations in the project are:

  • Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station 
  • Highway 407 Station
  • Pioneer Village Station
  • York University Subway Station 
  • Finch West Station
  • Downsview Park Subway Station

To learn more about the stations and their development, visit http://spadina.ttc.caspadina.ttc.ca