Bloor-Yonge Station Capacity Improvements


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 On the platform for Bloor-Yonge Station. Subway trains have arrived on each side of the platform. The left side train is still closed and passengers are waiting to board. The right side train is open and passengers are exiting the train.

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 power new and existing areas of the station and ventilation systems
  • 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.

Elevator in Bloor-Yonge Station to Line 1 Northbound, and Like 2 Eastbound and Westbound. The stainless steel elevator is to the left with 6 Presto turnstiles to the left. One person is going through the turnstile. The wall is orange tile in the background.

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 (Anticipated 2029 Ridership)

  • 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

Next Steps

  • This project is at 30% conceptual design or Stage Gate 3.
  • Stage Gate 3 or approximately 30% design will be presented to the TTC Board on December 8, 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 Q4 2022 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.

Reports

City Council Reports

TTC Board Reports

 

 

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