Toronto Transit Commission Finch Station
|Southbound to Union||Finch|
|Next Station: North York Centre|
|Rapid Transit||Line 1 Yonge-University|
|Surface Routes||36, 39, 42, 53, 60, 97, 125, 320, 336, 339, 939, 960|
|Opening Date||March 30, 1974|
Finch Station is a rapid transit station operated by the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at 5600 Yonge Street, at the northwest corner of Finch Avenue East and Yonge Street.
Finch is the third and current terminal of the Yonge subway. Opened exactly twenty years after the original Yonge subway to Eglinton Station, it became a major terminal for suburban TTC buses. The bus terminal was originally outside the fare-paid zone due to the former two-zone fare policy, but after this system was abolished, the fare barriers were moved to bring the TTC terminal into the fare-paid area.
GO Transit built its own bus terminal opposite to the TTC's terminal to keep its buses separate. It was originally called the York Region Terminal because it served routes that headed north into nearby York Region, which included the busy Newmarket 'B' and Yonge 'C' routes. Soon after, Markham Transit and Vaughan Transit buses started operating out of the GO terminal as well and more routes were added. Brampton Transit buses were also visitors as both Brampton and Vaughan Transit shared ownership of route 77 Highway 7.
Markham and Vaughan Transit were merged to form York Region Transit in 2001. The terminal was renamed Finch GO Bus Terminal despite the fact that YRT quickly became the primary user of the terminal, especially with the purchase of the Bayview and Yonge 'C' services. In 2005, Viva was launched with the flagship Viva Blue route running out of Finch GO Bus Terminal. Viva Pink also provided extra relief to this busy route north from Finch Terminal.
With the large amount of daily bus traffic at Finch Terminal going to and from York Region, the Yonge Line is planned to be extended north to Richmond Hill Centre at Highway 7. With a new planned bus terminal at Steeles Avenue, Finch will no longer be used by YRT and GO's requirements will likely waver as well, which may cause the abandonment of the GO terminal.
Finch Station is extremely laid out. Part of this comes from the original design of the station (dating back to the two-zone fare system), and also partly due to GO Transit and YRT's use of a separate bus terminal. One set of stairs, at the intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue, leads to a corridor beside a long stretch of fare booths and turnstiles. This corridor continues further north, making a chicane and then splits into 3 sections. The northeast branch leads to the passenger pick-up/drop-off building; the north branch to the west side of Yonge Street north of Bishop Avenue (and to the west commuter parking lot); and the northeast branch has a ramp to an elevator, escalators, and stairs which lead to the YRT/GO bus terminal. The terminal is located at the northeast corner of Yonge Street and Bishop Avenue which is one block north of Finch Avenue East.
Passing east through the fare-paid line, there are four sets of stairs, escalators and an elevator which lead down to the centre subway platform. Since Finch is a terminal station, both platforms are used for southbound trains. A flashing arrow is used to indicate the track of the next departing train. To the north of the station, there is a set of three tailtracks. In the future, it will be used to turn trains back southbound. Currently, it is used as a storage track for trains. Directly south of the station, there is a double crossover which revenue trains use to go to the correct side of the subway platform. Small retail outlets are located near the fare booths and along the corridor to the bus terminal.
There is a corridor directly across from the fare booths heading further east and up a small flight of stairs to a T-intersection. There are stairs, escalators and an elevator that lead up to the TTC bus terminal. The TTC terminal stretches north and south for one block between Finch Avenue East and Bishop Avenue parallel to Yonge Street. Multiple bus bays line both sides of the terminal.
Finch GO Bus Terminal is connected to the TTC station via an underground walkway north of the collector booths. The terminal has a small waiting area building before leading out to the bays. Bays 1-7 are located on an L-shaped platform heading north and east from the terminal building, and an island in the middle of the terminal area contains bays 8-15, as well as a small booth. Bus layover spots consist of a number of parking spaces on the east side of the GO/YRT terminal.
- 36B,J Finch West
- 39A,B,C Finch East
- 42A,C Cummer
- 53A,B,E,F Steeles East
- 60A,B,D Steeles West
- 97F Yonge
- 125 Drewry
- 320 Yonge
- 336 Finch West
- 339 Finch East
- 939 Finch Express
- 960 Steeles West Express
Connections to northbound 97F Yonge can be made in the bus terminal, however, the connection to southbound 97F Yonge must be made at the on-street bus stops on Yonge Street.
|Yonge-University||Monday to Friday||Saturday||Sunday|
|First Train southbound||5:36am||5:41am||7:56am|
|Last Train southbound||1:20am||1:20am||1:20am|