Toronto Transit Commission Bay Station

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Next Station: St. George Next Station: Bloor-Yonge
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Rapid Transit Line 2 Bloor-Danforth
Surface Routes 6, 300
Presto Yes
Opening Date February 26, 1966
Platform Centre
Ridership (2017) 32,060


Bay Station is a rapid transit station operated by the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at 1240 Bay Street north of the intersection of Bay Street and Bloor Street West. This station serves the Yorkville district.

Station description

The station's architecture is comprised of three levels: street entrance level, an underground concourse level, and platform level. Bay Station has five entrances; four entrances lead to the collector's booth in the underground concourse level and one is an automatic entrance that leads directly to platform level. Station entrances exist at:

  • West side of Bay Street north of Bloor Street West. Connects to the southbound 6 Bay bus
  • East side of Bay Street north of Bloor Street West. Connects to the northbound 6 Bay bus
  • 80 Bloor Street West lower level: north side of Bloor Street west of Bay Street
  • East side of Bellair Street between Bloor Street West and Cumberland Street
  • South side of Cumberland Street between Bellair Street and Avenue Road (automatic entrance)

The station has no bus terminal so connection to the 6 Bay buses can be made at the stops outside the exits on the west and east sides of Bay Street. Connection to the 300 Bloor-Danforth buses can be made at the intersection of Bay Street and Bloor Street West.

Lower Bay Station

Subway interlining in 1966.

Prior to the opening of the Spadina Subway extension when the Bloor-Danforth subway was built in 1966, the Toronto Transit Commission had planned to interline service between the Bloor-Danforth and Yonge-University subways; therefore, the TTC built an Upper and Lower Bay Station. Bloor-Danforth trains would use Upper Bay Station and travel between Keele and Woodbine Stations; westbound Yonge-University-Danforth trains from Woodbine Station would use Lower Bay Station then travel south to Union Station and north to Eglinton Station; and eastbound Yonge-University-Bloor trains from Keele Station would transfer to the Yonge-University tracks after St. George Station and travel south to Union Station and north to Eglinton Station.[1]

Unfortunately, there was great difficulty in managing the complex interlined service and it also inconvenienced riders that wanted to travel east and west along the Bloor-Danforth line. In addition, since service on both lines were interlined, if a subway train had broken down on the Bloor-Danforth line, it would hold up the entire subway system. As a result, this short-lived service arrangement was abandoned after only six months of operation and Lower Bay Station fell into disuse. To this date, Lower Bay Station can still be seen from the front window of a westbound Bloor-Danforth subway at Yonge Station, but it is not used for revenue service nor is it open to the public. A permanent wall with a locked door blocks the former stairway that linked Upper and Lower Bay Stations. Currently, Lower Bay Station is primarily used for shooting movies or commercials with subway scenes, testing station improvement implementations, and storing equipment. Also, TTC work cars transferring from the the Bloor-Danforth tracks to the Yonge-University tracks pass by the station.

After more than 40 years of being out of the public eye, Lower Bay Station was brought into use during the weekends of February and March 2007. Tunnel repair work had to be done between St. George and Bay Stations and it caused Bloor-Danforth trains to be diverted via Lower Bay Station to Museum Station where passengers transferred between the western and eastern branches of the line. Lower Bay Station is also open to the public during Doors Open Toronto and Nuit Blanche events.

Routes

Rapid Transit

Surface Transit

Schedule

Bay Station
Toronto Transit Commission Line 2 bullet-a.png Bloor-Danforth Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday
First Train eastbound 6:03am 6:11am 8:25am
Last Train eastbound 1:53am 1:53am 1:53am
First Train westbound 5:56am 6:01am 8:10am
Last Train westbound 1:53am 1:53am 1:53am


References

  1. Bow, James. Toronto's Lost Subway Stations: Lower Bay, TransitToronto, retrieved on 21 May 2016.
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