Background

Bloor-Yonge Station is located at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor streets and is the busiest station on the TTC. On average 220,000 customers travel daily through Bloor-Yonge Station.

The original station opened in 1954 and now requires expansion and modernization to accommodate future TTC ridership and neighbourhood density. Line 1 and 2 passenger platforms are already experiencing overcrowding and queuing during both the morning and evening rush hours.

Bloor-Yonge is an interchange subway station and a significant transfer point that provides access to both Line 1 and Line 2. In 2019, Line 1 had average daily weekday ridership of more than 825,000 riders, making it one of the busiest lines in North America. The TTC expects ridership to experience significant growth both from the increasing population in the GTA and from transit expansion, including the northern extension of Line 1 to Richmond Hill Centre, the opening of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and the future Ontario Line.

What we’re doing

Bloor-Yonge Station will be undergoing a design retrofit and significant expansion to meet both current and future ridership demand. The Bloor-Yonge Station project includes the construction of a new Line 2 passenger platform and the expansion of both Line 1 passenger platforms, enhancements to the concourse level, entrances, exits and improved accessibility features. 

The scope of future work at Bloor-Yonge Station includes:

  • Expansion of Line 1 northbound and southbound platforms
  • A new second platform to enhance capacity for eastbound passengers on Line 2
  • Line 2 original platform reconfiguration to enhance capacity for westbound passengers
  • A new barrier-free entrance
  • A new exit to Bloor Street
  • New escalators, elevators and stairs
  • New public art and station finishes
  • One new electrical substation to enhance power to our trains and systems
  • Five new fan plants to improve ventilation
  • Utility upgrades

The Bloor-Yonge Station Capacity Improvements project is being designed to enhance accessibility and safety in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the Ontario Building Code.

Accessibility and Ridership

The design includes additional escalators, elevators and barrier-free entrances, which means more station accessibility and an enhanced and inclusive customer experience.

In 2029, it is expected that passenger activity at Bloor-Yonge Station will increase by approximately 25% from 2019 levels. A total of 270,000 customers are forecasted to be using the Line 1 platforms on an average weekday in 2029, while 225,000 customers are predicted to use the Line 2 platforms. As Bloor-Yonge is a central interchange station, many customers will be using both platforms for their journey. Over 31,000 customers are forecasted to use the station during the morning rush hour.

By the Numbers

2019

  • Line 1 Ridership: 210,000 per day, or 65,000,000 annually.
  • Line 2 Ridership: 180,000 per day, or 55,000,000 annually.
  • Unique customers to Bloor-Yonge Station: 220,000 per day or 67,000,000 annually
  • Morning rush hour ridership: 26,000

2029*

  • Line 1 Ridership: 270,000 per day, or 83,000,000 annually.
  • Line 2 Ridership: 225,000 per day, or 69,000,000 annually.
  • Unique customers to Bloor-Yonge Station: 280,000 per day or 86,000,000 annually
  • Morning rush hour ridership: 31,000

* Anticipated 2029 Ridership.

Next Steps

  • This project is at 10% conceptual design or Stage Gate 2 – Feasibility Assessment.
  • Stage Gate 3 or approximately 30% design is projected for the second quarter of 2021. The approval of Stage Gate 3 will establish the overall project performance baseline definition for project scope, schedule and cost, as well as determine the best project delivery strategy.
  • Online public consultation is expected in Q3 2021 after Stage Gate 3.
  • Major construction is planned to begin in 2024.
  • Specific timelines will be confirmed after engineering is completed and a contract is awarded.

Funding

The total cost for the Bloor-Yonge Station Capacity Improvements project is currently estimated at $1.5 billion, to be funded equally by the City of Toronto, the Province and the Federal government. City Council approved its funding share during the 2020 Budget process by allocating $500 million in new funding from the City Building Fund in the TTC’s 2020-2029 Approved Capital Budget and Plan. The City’s funding enables the TTC to begin the necessary planning and preparatory work for this project.

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