Toronto Transit Commission Bloor-Yonge Station
|Southbound to Union||Bloor||Northbound to Finch|
|Next Station: Wellesley||Next Station: Rosedale|
|Westbound to Kipling||Yonge||Eastbound to Kennedy|
|Next Station: Bay||Next Station: Sherbourne|
|Rapid Transit||Yonge-University-Spadina, Bloor-Danforth|
|Opening Date||March 30,1954|
|Platform||Sides (Yonge line), Centre (Bloor line)|
Bloor-Yonge Station is a rapid transit stop owned and operated by the TTC, located at 733 Yonge Street and 35 Bloor Street East. Presumably, the Yonge address is for the Yonge line platforms (Bloor Station) and the Bloor address is for the Bloor-Danforth platforms (Yonge Station).
The main entrance is located inside the Hudson's Bay Centre. Doors lead to the collectors booths, and then the path splits into 2, both turning 180 degrees around and turn into staircases containing an elevator and head down to the Yonge line platforms, the west side to the southbound platform and the east side to the northbound platforms.
Bloor Station (Yonge line) has 2 side platforms. The walls were originally done in primrose Vitrolite with blue trim. A renovation project (see History) widened the platforms extensively and put large sliver columns near the back of the platforms. The walls were redone in white and teal textured ceramic tiles and the floor received off-white and dark green tiles. On each side, at the north end, are alcoves containing staircases down to Yonge Station (Bloor-Danforth line), as well as newspaper stands. The east alcove also contains the elevator down to the platforms. At the south end of both platforms are stairs and an elevator to the south entrance, leading to Yonge Street south of Bloor St. Directly north of the station is a double crossover and Ellis Portal, leading trains outside, the first time since Eglinton West Station.
Yonge Station (Bloor-Danforth line) contains one centre platform. The colour scheme was made to match the original colour scheme of Bloor Station using the ceramic tiles that the Bloor-Danforth line used instead. The platform has many staircases/escalators up to Bloor Station (Yonge line) as well as to the east entrance, which leads to Bloor Street east of Yonge St. Elevators bring passengers up to both the northbound Yonge platform as well as the east entrance. Directly west of the station the tracks split or merge, with one set heading up to Bay (upper level) and another to Bay (lower level). The upper level is used for Bloor-Danforth trains; the lower level is used to transfer trains between lines. This was part of the wye, which was used during the interline testing done for 6 months when the Bloor-Danforth line first opened.
Bloor Station was built and opened with the original Yonge subway. It featured a connection with the Bloor streetcar line inside the fare paid area. Streetcars stopped on Bloor St. East inside 2 islands (which were long enough for two 2-car trains each) which had stairwells down to the subway platforms. Bedford Loop (located on the site of the future St. George station) helped to store cars for crowding as well as turn cars back east.
When the Bloor-Danforth subway opened, the streetcar islands were demolished, and alcoves and stairwells were made to the new platform below. The TTC decided to name each platform individually from each other, and the station name was hyphenated when entering from the street. This is the only station on the system to have individual names for each platform. Other transfer stations have a common name for both platforms that do not share the line names (eg. St. George, Kennedy) or hyphenated the names for both platforms (eg. Sheppard-Yonge).
With the abandonment of interlined subway operation, Bloor-Yonge became a very busy transfer point, something it was not designed to originally be. Crowding became such an issue that a Downtown Relief line running between Pape and downtown (either King or Queen streets or Union Station). However, this scheme was scrapped. Instead, building construction above the Yonge platforms allowed renovations to be done to the Yonge platforms, which involved closing the station for 6 months and expanding the platforms back. The roof was also strengthened, allowing the columns in the middle to be eliminated. In the future, if demand continues to grow, a centre platform will be added, with the tracks moved back and 2 platforms used simultaneously for entering and exiting.
No major plans have been announced for the Bloor-Danforth platforms; this is likely due to the fact that the station is near an underground stream, and that digging is difficult.
- 97B Yonge (rush hours only)