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||Line 1 Yonge-University|
Line 2 Bloor-Danforth
|Surface Routes||97, 300, 320|
|Opening Date||March 30, 1954|
|Platform||Side (Line 1)|
Centre (Line 2)
|Ridership (2017)||216,189 (Line 1)|
183,238 (Line 2)
Bloor-Yonge Station is a rapid transit station operated by the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at 20 Bloor Street East, just east of the intersection of Bloor Street and Yonge Street.
The main entrance is located inside the Hudson's Bay Centre. Doors lead to the collector's booths, and then the path splits into two, both turning 180 degrees around and turn into staircases containing an elevator that leads down to the Line 1 platforms. The west side leads to the southbound platform and the east side leads to the northbound platform.
Bloor Station has two side platforms. The walls were originally done in Primrose (yellow) Vitrolite tiling 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 that leads down to Yonge Station and connects to Line 2 as well as newspaper stands. The east alcove also contains an elevator that heads down to the platforms. At the south end of both platforms, there are stairs and an elevator to the south entrance, leading to Yonge Street south of Bloor Street. Directly north of the station is a double crossover and the Ellis Avenue Portal. Trains exit the tunnel and head outside, the first time since Eglinton West Station.
Yonge Station has 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 and escalators that head up to Bloor Station as well as to the east entrance, which leads to the Bloor Street entrance. 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 and another to Lower Bay. The upper level is used for Bloor-Danforth trains; the lower level is used to transfer trains between Line 1 and Line 2. This was part of the wye, which was used during the interline testing done for 6 short months when the Bloor-Danforth subway first opened in 1966.
Bloor Station was built and opened with the original Yonge subway in 1954. It featured a connection with the Bloor streetcar line inside the fare-paid area. Streetcars stopped on Bloor Street East inside two 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 turning cars back east.
When the Bloor-Danforth subway opened, the streetcar islands were demolished and the alcoves and stairwells were made into the new platform below. The Toronto Transit Commission decided to name each platform separately from each other and the station name was hyphenated when entering from street level. This is the only station in the subway 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 such St. George and Kennedy Stations or hyphenated names for both platforms such as Sheppard-Yonge.
With the abandonment of interlined subway operation, Bloor-Yonge became a very busy transfer point, something it was not designed for. Crowding became such an issue to a point where a Downtown Relief Line running between Pape Station and downtown (either King Station, Queen Station, or Union Station) had to be considered. However, this scheme was scrapped. Instead, building construction above the Bloor platforms allowed renovations to be done and involved closing the station for 6 months to expand the platforms further 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 two platforms will be used simultaneously for boarding and alighting.
No major plans have been announced for the Line 2 platforms. This is likely due to the fact that the station is near an underground stream and that digging would be difficult.
|Yonge-University||Monday to Friday||Saturday||Sunday|
|First Train northbound||6:00am||5:59am||8:14am|
|Last Train northbound||1:54am||1:54am||1:54am|
|First Train southbound||5:54am||6:01am||8:06am|
|Last Train southbound||1:42am||1:40am||1:40am|
|Bloor-Danforth||Monday to Friday||Saturday||Sunday|
|First Train eastbound||6:05am||6:12am||8:27am|
|Last Train eastbound||1:54am||1:54am||1:54am|
|First Train westbound||5:55am||6:00am||8:08am|
|Last Train westbound||1:52am||1:52am||1:52am|