Toronto Transit Commission Leslie Station
|Westbound to Sheppard-Yonge||Leslie||Eastbound to Don Mills|
|Next Station: Bessarion||Next Station: Don Mills|
|Rapid Transit||Line 4 Sheppard|
|Surface Routes||51, 85, 385|
|Opening Date||November 24, 2002|
Leslie Station consists of a subway station and bus terminal operated by the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at 1209 Sheppard Avenue East, just west of Leslie Street.
The main entrance to the station is located on Sheppard Avenue East, west of Leslie Street and beside the CN Rail underpass. Two automatic entrances are located outside the bus terminal (on Old Leslie Street) and at the south-west corner of the intersection of Leslie and Sheppard. A small parking lot and passenger pick-up/drop-off exists near the Old Leslie Street entrance.
Coming from the automatic entrance at Leslie/Sheppard, passengers go down a level and along a corridor with skylights. This leads directly to the east end of the platform. This long and open corridor is where the platform will be expanded when the Sheppard Line transitions to use 6-car trains. The platform has 2 sets of stairs (both ascending up to the west) with escalators and an elevator to the main concourse, where the main entrance joins the station on the north side. The concourse is on Sheppard Avenue East at street level.
Another set of stairs and a corridor leads to the bus terminal, which has 4 underutilized bays. One bay is used for off-loading, one is empty, and two are used for the 51 Leslie route (north and south directions). The automatic entrance to Old Leslie Street is inside this terminal.
The Sheppard Subway began construction at the Leslie/Sheppard intersection, where the Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) were launched. In this regard, it is the second station on the Sheppard Line to be built as (Sheppard-Yonge Station already existed as Sheppard Station on the Yonge line).
On June 29, 2000, Leslie Station was officially unveiled to the public with an open house. Festivities included a tour of the mostly completed station, including a preview of the overhead signage which is the standard for the Sheppard line. Leslie was a good candidate for the open house because of the community's involvement in the designing of the station's artwork.
The first day of subway service to this station was on June 17, 2002 and it was restricted to the media. A T1 train shuttled dignitaries and media around the line. The first day of revenue service was on November 24, 2002, when the Sheppard line was officially opened to customers.
Leslie Station is one of the least used stations on the subway system. This is largely due to the land use around the station being parkland and large commercial ('big box') stores around the station. In addition, only two bus routes served the station. Ridership will increase with a planned development west of the station and redevelopment of other residential areas near the station in the near future.
|Sheppard||Monday to Friday||Saturday||Sunday|
|First Train eastbound||5:32am||5:49am||8:00am|
|Last Train eastbound||2:20am||2:20am||2:20am|
|First Train westbound||5:33am||5:50am||8:07am|
|Last Train westbound||2:27am||2:27am||2:27am|