Toronto Transit Commission Jane Station
|Westbound to Kipling||Jane||Eastbound to Kennedy|
|Next Station: Old Mill||Next Station: Runnymede|
|Rapid Transit||Line 2 Bloor-Danforth|
|Surface Routes||26, 35, 55, 300, 335, 935|
|Opening Date||May 11, 1968|
Jane Station is a rapid transit stop and bus terminal owned and operated by the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at 15 Jane Street on the east side of Jane Street just north of Bloor Street West.
The site of Jane Station was originally Jane Loop, the western terminus of the Bloor streetcar. Jane Loop became the fare boundary between zones 1 and 2 and it was a major transfer point between suburban buses and the Bloor streetcar to head downtown. The bus terminal was built on the same site as the loop when the subway was extended to Islington in 1968.
The 2-fare system still existed after the extension, however, since Jane was on the boundary, the decision was made to put the bus terminal outside the fare-paid zone so that transferring passengers would be sure to pay their second fare. Most stations that had such an arrangement were renovated to bring the bus terminal area within the fare-paid area. However, the station design of Jane Station made it nearly impossible to bring it within the fare-paid zone in its current configuration. Hence, it remains outside the fare-paid zone to this day.
After an extensive delay in the construction/testing phase, elevators were finally operational in 2005. With the accessible 26 Dupont bus serving the station, there is now an accessible alternative into the subway system if an elevator at their home station is not functioning.
The roof along the 2 easternmost bays of the bus terminal (where the 35 Jane bus stops) hangs overtop of the bus roadway. This is due to the topography of the land, with the eastern end of the station being higher than the west yet the roof was built level. The overhang on the other 2 bays is high enough so hybrids may be able to stop underneath properly, but since those routes are run by divisions that do not operate hybrids, there was no worry. The overhang is just low enough to be able to snag the rooftop batteries of hybrid buses. If hybrid buses serve route 35, they must stop a few feet from the curb. As a result of this roof overhang, 35 became the only TTC route to have an outright ban on hybrids. The problem was solved when the TTC had a few feet of concrete added to the existing edge of the bus platform, thus allowing passengers to safely enter and egress the transit vehicle, while that vehicle was not under the low roof.
The Jane LRT line, announced as part of Transit City, will replace the Jane bus, which terminates at Jane Station. However, Jane Street south of Eglinton Avenue West is very narrow and will be hard for an LRT line to navigate. The southern terminus is not expected to be at Jane Station, as some people favour an alignment down the Weston rail corridor to Dundas West Station instead. An underground tunnel to Jane may not be ruled out though. Another rail extension may bring the 512 St Clair streetcar west from its present terminus at Gunns Loop down to Jane Station. A rail underpass along a proposed route is being built to accommodate future streetcars, so this proposal is still alive.
The station bus terminal stretches between Jane Street and Armadale Avenue on the north side of Bloor Street West. It is located outside the fare-paid area of the station. Passengers can use a walkway from Bloor Street or walk directly into the terminal from Jane Street or Armadale Avenue. The bus terminal has 4 bays which stretch along the length of the terminal. The terminal building is jagged to match with the curb of the bus roadway. A few stairwells and an elevator lead down to the mezzanine.
The mezzanine is a large rectangular area divided roughly in half by the collector's booth and turnstiles. The east side is the fare-paid area and has stairs and escalators that lead down to the subway platforms, as well as the elevator to the eastbound platform. A glassed-in section along the north wall leads passengers to the elevator to the westbound platform, which could not be fitted inside the fare-paid area. The west section has stairs and an elevator that lead up to the bus terminal and street level.
The subway platforms are of the typical Bloor-Danforth style, and are not extremely interesting. Immediately east of the station is a double-crossover, so trains may turn back east before reaching the end of the line. This crossover is often used for delays in the west end of the subway.
|Bloor-Danforth||Monday to Friday||Saturday||Sunday|
|First Train eastbound||5:48am||5:55am||8:08am|
|Last Train eastbound||1:38am||1:38am||1:38am|
|First Train westbound||5:56am||6:01am||8:26am|
|Last Train westbound||2:08am||2:08am||2:08am|