York University Station Now Months from Completion
York University station is a subway station that is going to be situated on the university grounds near Ian Macdonald and York Boulevards. This is the newest subway project in Toronto for the past 10 years and seeks to help students in York University housing facilities. The station, that is schedules to open in December this year, is expected to be state of the art. The station has been built to allow for sophisticated train operations, Wi-Fi network and the Presto Fare Card System which enhances efficiency. Furthermore, the train will have an automatic train control which facilitates better operations.
About York University Station
For those who will be living on campus near York University, this subway station will go a long way in helping to reduce the number of buses that enter campus every day and improve public transportation access to the university and nearby areas. Every day, there are more than 1440 TTC buses that serve the campus ferrying students and people within surrounding areas. There are more buses spread across other services such as Go Transit and Brampton Transit. The station, which is being built underground, will have a curving ramp that connects all the entrances. The project begun construction in May 2011 and is expected to be completed by 31 December 2017.
Once the station is complete, it is expected that fewer buses will enter campus. In fact, the 196 York University Rocket bus route will be eliminated after the subway station is complete. This will not only boost public transit but also make it easier to access the university and other nearby areas. In fact, York University’s main building is to the west of the proposed location of the subway station.
Great News to York University Students
For those who will be living at York U residence, the subway station is expected to make it easier for them to access surrounding areas. With Seneca’s College York campus on the south and Aviva Center on the west, the subway station is strategically location for students in the university. The station was designed by architecture firm Foster and Partners and boasts a unique and modern layout. The architecture of the station is open and airy on the Downsview Park. Natural light filters beautifully through the glass windows to the subway platform. The buildings are made from high quality glass, stone and aluminum together with green roofs at the top.
What to expect
There are unique features such as beautiful pieces of art on the walls, floors and ceilings from Toronto’s experimental artist, Panya Clark Espinal. The pieces have stunning dark lines that appear as brush strokes but align to form perfect rings. Commuters will enjoy the work of art featured at different points in the station. Though most parts of the station appear to be complete, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before it’s opened. Testing will be done using electric power to ensure there is adequate clearance for the trains to move through the tunnels. Power, communication systems and ventilation will be assessed to ensure the railway runs safely and effectively.