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Toronto subway/RT
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Sheppard

The Sheppard Line is the newest subway line line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, operated by the Toronto Transit Commission. It currently has five stations and is 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles) long. It opened on November 24, 2002. It is internally numbered as Route 4, but this number is not shown on TTC maps, signs, or schedules and is rarely used or even known by the public. Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... The Yonge-University-Spadina Line is the oldest subway line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and undoubtedly, the most crowded subway line in Toronto, since it serves Downtown Toronto. ... A train waits at the Sheppard line platform. ... The Toronto subway and RT is the main rapid transit (RT) railway system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). ... The Yonge-University-Spadina Line is the oldest subway line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and undoubtedly, the most crowded subway line in Toronto, since it serves Downtown Toronto. ... The Bloor-Danforth line is the main east-west subway line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, operated by the Toronto Transit Commission. ... The Scarborough RT (sometimes shortened to SRT or RT) is a public transport metro line in the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... The Toronto subway and RT is the main rapid transit (RT) railway system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked... The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is a public transport authority that operates buses, streetcars, subways, and rapid transit lines in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Exterior open entrance to a metro station (Tribunal station in Madrid) A metro station is a railway station for a rapid transit system, often known by names such as metro and subway. It is often underground or elevated. ... km redirects here. ... A mile is a unit of length, usually used to measure distance, in a number of different systems, including Imperial units, United States customary units and Norwegian/Swedish mil. ... is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 2001 in Canada, other events of 2002, 2003 in Canada and the list of years in Canada. See also: 2002 in Canadian politics 2002 in Canadian culture 2002 Canadian incumbents 2001-02 NHL season 2002-03 NHL season // Incumbents Head of State - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Governor...


The 385 Sheppard East bus provides late-night service when the subway is not in operation. This service terminates at Sheppard-Yonge Station and follows Sheppard Avenue to Meadowvale. Bus service is extended on Sundays because the subway and RT starts at 9:00 a.m. instead of the usual time of 6:00 a.m.

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History

Plans were developed in the early 1990s to build new subway lines along Eglinton and Sheppard Avenues. With the election of the Progressive Conservative provincial government in 1995, work on the Eglinton line was halted, but the Sheppard line was constructed. Some believed that North York Mayor Mel Lastman’s political clout (he was later elected Mayor of the amalgamated City of Toronto) was enough to ensure that his Sheppard line “pet project” was built. The Downsview station was added to the Spadina line partially in anticipation of the Sheppard project westward extension. Eglinton Avenue is an east-west throughfare in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Sheppard Avenue is an east-west arterial road in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, centering on the former city of North York. ... The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party of Ontario) is a right-of-centre political party in Ontario, Canada. ... See also: 1994 in Canada, other events of 1995, 1996 in Canada and the list of years in Canada. // Incumbents Prime Minister - Jean Chrétien Governor General - Ray Hnatyshyn then Roméo LeBlanc Premier of Alberta - Ralph Klein Premier of British Columbia - Mike Harcourt Premier of Manitoba - Gary Filmon Premier... Melvin Douglas (Mel) Lastman (born March 9, 1933) is a former businessman and politician. ... Downsview is a station on the Yonge-University Spadina line of the Toronto subway. ... The Yonge-University-Spadina Line is the oldest subway line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and undoubtedly, the most crowded subway line in Toronto, since it serves Downtown Toronto. ...


The Sheppard subway is unusual in that it was the first “suburban” subway; the previous TTC lines had started from downtown Toronto. However, North York, especially around Yonge and Sheppard, has seen intense high-rise developments in recent years, giving it the nickname of the “new downtown” upon which other surrounding suburban areas were increasingly relying. The case for building the subway line was the existing TTC bus service could not handle the commuter capacity; full buses drove right past waiting crowds at bus stops. Although some suggested that expanding Sheppard Avenue to allow for dedicated bus lanes would have been much cheaper than a subway, there would have been political opposition from the Willowdale community. The new Fairview Mall commuter parking garages at Don Mills were also intended to take the pressure off of the crowded Finch station. Willowdale is an established and affluent community in the former City of North York, now part of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Fairview Mall is a shopping centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Don Mills is a station on the Sheppard line of the Toronto subway. ... Finch is a terminus station on the Yonge-University-Spadina line of the Toronto subway. ...


Another reason was to alleviate the congested Highway 404Don Valley Parkway (DVP) route; while Highway 404 was widened by the province in 1999–2001, similar plans to expand the DVP were not approved by city council, and this would result in an inevitable bottleneck. The intention was that downtown-bound drivers would exit Highway 404 at Sheppard Avenue, and take the subway to avoid this choke point. Highway 404 as part of the 400-series network Highway 404 is an Ontario 400-Series Highway that runs from the junction of Highway 401 and the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto to its northern terminus at Green Lane/Herald Road in Newmarket. ... Present view of Don Valley Parkway looking southbound, at interchange with Lawrence Ave. ...


When the Sheppard line opened in 2002, it was the city’s first new subway line in decades. It is shorter than originally planned, running from Yonge Street (at the former Sheppard station, now renamed Sheppard-Yonge) east to Don Mills Road rather than further west to Downsview station and southeast to Scarborough Centre station. The line will be extended only with substantial additional government funding. A sign for Yonge Street at the intersection with Maitland Street. ... A train waits at the Sheppard line platform. ... Don Mills Road is a north-south route in Central Toronto. ... Downsview is a station on the Yonge-University Spadina line of the Toronto subway. ... Scarborough Centre is a station on the Scarborough Rapid Transit line of the subway/RT system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...


The Sheppard line cost just under $1 billion and took eight years to build. It is the first subway line in Canada whose plain tunnel sections were built entirely by tunnel-boring machine. All stations on the line are in cut-and-cover sections, and just east of Leslie station there is an enclosed bridge over the Don River East Branch. Additionally, the Sheppard line is the only subway line in Toronto not to have any open sections. Yonge Street had to be diverted for several years in order to accommodate the expansion of Sheppard Station. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Loonie. ... A tunnel boring machine that was used at Yucca Mountain. ... Leslie stations southwest entrance. ... The river as it runs beneath the Bloor/Danforth trestle bridge The Don River is one of two rivers bounding the original settled area of Toronto, Canada along the shore of Lake Ontario, the other being the Humber River to the west. ...


One of the ideas proposed for the Sheppard line was platform screen doors. Aligned at the edge of the platforms, platform screen doors would align themselves with the subway-car doors when in station for safety and suicide prevention. The system was dropped on the account of cost. Platform Screen Doors full-height, Paris - Line 14 - St. ... Rather than surrender to US soldiers, the Mayor (Bürgermeister) of Leipzig Germany, committed suicide along with his wife and daughter on April 20, 1945. ...


Stations are built to eventually take the TTC's standard subway trains of six 23 m (75-foot) cars, but part of each platform has been blocked off since only four-car trains are needed to carry the amount of traffic the line currently receives. The line is designed so that it can be extended at both ends, allowing for the construction of the originally planned westward and eastward branches in the future. The TTC still hopes to extend the line to Scarborough Town Centre, but the westward extension is no longer a priority.


Criticisms

The line has been derided by critics as a “subway to nowhere” or a “stubway.” Apart from the Sheppard-Yonge and Don Mills terminals, its stations have received little use, even during rush hour. Service is also considered infrequent, with common five-to-six-minute headway between trains in rush hour versus two-to-three-minute intervals for the other lines. One problem is that the subway is parallel to Highway 401; while the latter is busy, it has a twelve-lane collector-express system to manage high traffic volumes. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Highway 401 as part of the 400-series network Ontario provincial highway 401, The Kings Highway 401, or the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway, which is normally referred to simply as Highway 401 (pronounced four-oh-one), is a freeway that extends across Southern Ontario, Canada. ...


The suburban subway is also criticized because most of the surrounding population is more affluent and more likely to drive. The Don Mills station at Fairview Mall has also sparked further controversy because the commuter lot requires a fee even if one holds a monthly Metropass transit pass; the parking charge was required in order to prevent the limited garage space from being overwhelmed (the regular mall parking is cordoned off until the shopping centre opens). Although the subway was intended to divert some Highway 404 southbound and 401 westbound traffic from using the congested Don Valley Parkway, this plan has also not worked out to expectations due to the aforementioned parking fee and infrequent service. Present view of Don Valley Parkway looking southbound, at interchange with Lawrence Ave. ...


The new subway, however, has spurred over $1 billion of construction of new housing, including several high-rise condominum towers, along its route (particularly around Bayview station), with more expected in coming years. Bayview is a station on the Sheppard line of the Toronto subway. ...


Stations

The entire line runs under or near Sheppard Avenue East. All of its stations, whether by transfer or in the fare-paid area, connect to surface TTC bus routes. All stations have elevators for wheelchair access, and public art; noteworthy examples are the scenic mural at Sheppard-Yonge, the children’s logo at Bayview, and Leslie station’s tiles showing the words “Sheppard & Leslie” handwritten by hundreds of ordinary people. Map of Torontos Sheppard subway line. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Elevator surfing. ... A wheelchair is a wheeled mobility device in which the user sits. ... Accessibility is a general term used to describe the degree to which a system is usable by as many people as possible. ... The term public art properly refers to works of art in any media that has been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. ...


For a list of stations on this line and their major connections and details, see: List of Toronto Transit Commission stations. This is a list of all of the subway and Scarborough RT stations of the Toronto Transit Commission. ...


Possible Sheppard subway line closure

On July 19, 2007, Councillor Adam Giambrone, the chairman of the TTC, said that the commission could be forced to make large scale reductions in its services, including the complete permanent shutdown of the Sheppard Line by the start of 2008 if Toronto City Council imposes budget cuts on the commission. An emergency session of the TTC commission is expected to convene on July 20, 2007, to discuss the planned service cuts, and a proposed fare increase. The TTC claims it could save $10 million per year by closing the line, which currently serves approximately 40,000 people a day.[1] Rosario Marchese, Adam Giambrone and Davenport federal NDP candidate Rui Pires on Dundas Street, Portugal Day 2004. ...


Shelved expansion plans

Sheppard
Between Don Mills and Scarborough Centre

Prior to March 2007, the TTC considered the Sheppard East extension of the Sheppard subway to Scarborough Centre as one of its two top priorities for rapid-transit expansion, along with a northerly extension of the Spadina line. In addition to this eastern extension, the original plans for the Sheppard line included a westward extension to Downsview station on the Spadina line,. Neither extension is now considered a priority. In March 2007, the City of Toronto and the TTC released the Transit City proposal to begin a new round of transit expansion using light rail (streetcar) technology on dedicated rights-of-way instead of subway technology. The Sheppard East subway extension has been replaced in this plan by a light rail line running from Don Mills station along Sheppard Avenue East to Meadowvale, where it would meet the northern terminus of an extended Scarborough RT line. Under this proposal, there would be no direct connection between the North York and Scarborough "city centres". Image File history File links Download high resolution version (934x130, 11 KB) Summary Made this image a few days ago. ... Don Mills is a station on the Sheppard line of the Toronto subway. ... Scarborough Centre is a station on the Scarborough Rapid Transit line of the subway/RT system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Scarborough Centre is a station on the Scarborough Rapid Transit line of the subway/RT system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... The Yonge-University-Spadina Line is the oldest subway line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and undoubtedly, the most crowded subway line in Toronto, since it serves Downtown Toronto. ... Downsview is a station on the Yonge-University Spadina line of the Toronto subway. ... Transit City is a plan for public transportation for the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, announced by Mayor of Toronto David Miller and Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Adam Giambrone on March 16, 2007. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Scarborough RT or SRT is an ICTS (Intermediate Capacity Transit System) light rail public transit system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that uses linear induction technology. ...


The following stations were included on the plan for the subway extension:

Sheppard
Between Downsview and Sheppard-Yonge

Image File history File links Sheppard_Yonge_Westward. ... Downsview is a station on the Yonge-University Spadina line of the Toronto subway. ... A train waits at the Sheppard line platform. ...

Western extension

Downsview is a station on the Yonge-University Spadina line of the Toronto subway. ... The Yonge-University-Spadina Line is the oldest subway line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and undoubtedly, the most crowded subway line in Toronto, since it serves Downtown Toronto. ... Bathurst Street is a north-south thoroughfare in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and into York Region. ...

Infill on existing line

  • Willowdale – between Sheppard-Yonge and Bayview

Willowdale is an established and affluent community in the former City of North York, now part of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...

Eastern extension ("Sheppard East")

Source: Toronto Transit Sheppard line map The Agincourt GO Station is a train and bus station in the GO Transit network located in Scarborough, Ontario in Canada. ... GO Transit (AAR reporting marks GOT), officially known as the Greater Toronto Transit Authority (GTTA), is Canadas first, and Ontarios only, interregional public transit system, established to link Toronto with the surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). ... Scarborough Centre is a station on the Scarborough Rapid Transit line of the subway/RT system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... The Scarborough RT (sometimes shortened to SRT or RT) is a public transport metro line in the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...


Voice automation system

This subway line uses an automated system to announce each stop on this subway line. The system was commenced in January 2006.


See also

The Toronto subway and RT is the main rapid transit (RT) railway system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). ... MoveOntario 2020 is a plan proposed by the Government of Ontario that would fund 52 different transit projects throughout Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada. ...

References

  1. ^ Toronto Star, 19 July 2007

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Transit Toronto - Content: The Sheppard Subway (3902 words)
As a result, the TTC decided to remove the collectors in January 2004 and turn the west side entrance into the third automatic fare entrance to the station.
The TTC also noted that ridership on the subway line is growing, and will continue to grow as a number of high rise projects along the line open.
Officially, the top expansion priority for TTC and Toronto planners is to complete the subway extensions started in 1994 but cancelled by Mike Harris (the Eglinton West line, and the subway extension to York University).
COMMISSION REPORT MACRO (3563 words)
TTC staff had projected that, after the first year of operation, Sheppard Subway ridership would be 48,000 customer-trips per weekday (approximately 15-million per year).
TTC staff are working with City of Toronto staff and with Cadillac Fairview Corporation, owners of Fairview Mall, to increase the priority for buses at this intersection.
TTC staff will carefully review detailed ridership counts on the 85 Sheppard East when they are available, and will make any changes which are necessary and consistent with the Commission-approved service standards.
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