Toronto Transit Commission Line 2 Bloor-Danforth

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Line 2 Bloor-Danforth
Number of Branches 1
Distance 26.23km (Kipling Station - Kennedy Station)
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Types of vehicles used T1 Accessible.gif
Division Greenwood
Ridership (2016) 510,625

Line 2 Bloor-Danforth Accessible.gif is a subway line operated by the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It has 31 stations and is 26.2 km (16.3 miles) in length.

Route

This subway line connects Kipling Avenue in the west and Kennedy Road in the east via Bloor Street, Danforth Avenue, and a hydro corridor in Scarborough.

Overnight Service

Overnight service is provided by 300 Bloor-Danforth Accessible.gif along Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue to Kennedy Station via Danforth Road. Some trips extend to Pearson Airport, providing late night service in the place of the 900 Airport Express. Service is provided east of Warden and Danforth via the 302 Danforth Rd-McCowan bus. On Sundays, these routes operate through the early morning hours because the subway starts at 8:00 am instead of the usual 6:00 am.

History

Included as part of the Yonge subway proposal was a grade-separated streetcar line under Queen Street from Trinity-Bellwoods Park in the west to just Broadview Avenue in the east. When construction of the Yonge subway began in 1949 a lack of federal subsidy meant the plans for Queen Steet were deferred. After the opening of Yonge subway in 1954, attention turned to an east-west alignment. By this time, development had expanded to Metropolitan Toronto's suburbs. Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue became a major thoroughfare into the city. Streetcars operated in multiple units from Jane Street to Luttrell Avenue along the corridor.

With an increase in traffic congestion and ridership, the TTC proposed a subway under Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue between Keele Street and Woodbine Avenue instead of what had become a proposal for a subway under Queen Street. Metro Council eventually approved the Bloor-Danforth subway in 1958 as well as the University subway that would connect it and the Yonge subway.[1]

The Ontario Municipal Board approved construction of the two lines in September 1958. They made use of cut-and-cover and tunnel boring construction methods. The Bloor-Danforth Line opened to the public on February 26, 1966. Streetcar service was maintained from Keele Station to Jane Street in the west and from Woodbine Station to Luttrell Avenue in the east.[1]

It was decided during construction that the Bloor-Danforth line should be extended to provide access to the suburbs of Metropolitan Toronto. Soon after the line opened, construction began on a westward extension to Islington Avenue and an eastward extension to Warden Avenue. The extensions opened on May 11, 1968, and brought the subway into Etobicoke and Scarborough. The remaining operation of streetcars on Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue were discontinued.

In 1976, Metro Council approved a Bloor-Danforth Line extended again in either direction for one stop—Kipling Avenue in the west and Kennedy Road in the east. A ceremony to commemorate the completion of the extensions was held on November 21, 1980. Passenger service commenced the following day.

The Bloor-Danforth Line became publicly known as Line 2 in 2014 in an effort to simplify identification by passengers.

Future extensions

Scarborough Subway

During his 2010 mayoralty campaign, Rob Ford proposed to replace the Scarborough RT with an extension of the Bloor–Danforth Line. However, on March 31, 2011, council, to Ford's dismay, agreed with the provincial government that Metrolinx would replace the Scarborough RT with an LRT as part of the Eglinton Crosstown Line instead. In June 2012, the idea of a Scarborough Subway extension was a key part of Toronto's proposed OneCity transit plan. This plan was later rejected by the provincial government and Mayor Rob Ford.

However, the idea of a Scarborough Subway extension instead of the LRT proposal rose again in October 2012, arguing that the subway extension would mean one less transfer for Scarborough residents at Kennedy Station. This was affirmed by then chair Karen Stintz in April 2013. At the end of June 2013, Metrolinx requested the city to make a firm decision on the future of the RT. There was uncertainty whether city council was still in favour of the LRT conversion after most councilors shifted their support for a Bloor-Danforth subway extension.[2] The provincial government later indicated they were open to negotiating a Bloor-Danforth extension with the city if both sides could agree on a way to fund the project.[3] The issue was put to debate for two days by city council resulting in a 28 to 16 vote in favour of the extension. However it was dependent of funding from both the provincial and federal government. Council also endorsed a property tax increase greater than that proposed by Rob Ford of between 1.1 and 2.4 per cent over three years.[4]

On September 4, 2013, the province of Ontario announced that it would fund $1.4 billion for the 6.4 km extension from Kennedy to Scarborough Town Centre. The federal government of Canada would fund $660 million. Toronto City Council approved the extension by a vote of 24-20 on October 8, 2013 where the route will extend eastward towards McCowan Road and going north towards the Scarborough Town Centre and Sheppard Avenue East. The city would also raise property taxes annually over the next three years. An environmental assessment would still need to be completed before construction could take place, meaning the extension would likely not open until 2023.

There would be new stations at Lawrence Avenue, Scarborough Town Centre, and Sheppard Avenue. The City examined a number of corridors for the extensions. These included: the Scarborough RT, Midland, Brimley, McCowan, Bellamy, and Markham. Midland, McCowan, and Bellamy were shortlisted. By June 2015, McCowan emerged as the preferred corridor based on its distance from the future SmartTrack line, Lawrence East Station, and cost.

In January 2016, City Staff announced that they planned to eliminate the stop at Lawrence and end the line at Scarborough Town Centre due to ridership conflict with proposed SmartTrack stations. The City also identified little development opportunities at these stations.[5] The cost of building the extension was estimated at $2 billion. However by June 2016, the City announced that the cost had risen to $2.9 billion.[6]

The corridors were re-evaluated with the one-stop plan. The Scarborough RT, Midland, Brimley, and McCowan were look at as potential corridors. After evaluation, McCowan again was the preferred corridor. The extension would continue past Kennedy Station and follow Eglinton Avenue, Danforth Road, and McCowan Road. The station at Scarborough Town Centre would be under its eastern parking lot north of Triton Road. The alignment has yet to be finalized. According to city planners, the McCowan alignment would cost $3.2 billion and take nine years to build.

Stations

Station Name Date Opened Notes
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November 22, 1980
May 11, 1968
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May 11, 1968
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May 11, 1968
May 11, 1968
May 11, 1968
February 26, 1966
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February 26, 1966
February 26, 1966
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February 26, 1966
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February 26, 1966
February 26, 1966
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February 26, 1966
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January 28, 1978 (Spadina)
February 26, 1966 (Bloor)
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February 28, 1963 (University)
February 26, 1966 (Bloor)
February 26, 1966 Lower Bay Station closed.
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March 30, 1954 (Yonge)
February 26, 1966 (Bloor)
February 26, 1966
February 26, 1966
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February 26, 1966
February 26, 1966
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February 26, 1966
February 26, 1966
February 26, 1966
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February 26, 1966
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February 26, 1966
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May 11, 1968
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May 11, 1968
May 11, 1968
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November 22, 1980 (Danforth)
March 24, 1985 (Scarborough)

Summary

Toronto Transit Commission Logo.png Frequency Vehicles Used Notes
Weekday AM Peak 2:21 45
Weekday Midday 3:20 33
Weekday PM Peak 2:31 42
Weekday Early Evening 3:42 29
Weekday Late Evening 4:52 20
Saturday Early Morning
Saturday Morning
Saturday Afternoon 4:30 24
Saturday Early Evening 4:52 20
Saturday Late Evening
Sunday Early Morning Route does not operate.
Sunday Morning 4:52 22
Sunday Afternoon
Sunday Early Evening 4:52 20
Sunday Late Evening
Last updated: January 4, 2016


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Filey, Mike. The TTC Story, The First Seventy-Five Years. Toronto: Dundurn Press Limited, 1996. Print.
  2. Kalinowski, Tess (28 June 2013) Metrolinx issues ultimatum on Scarborough transit. Toronto Star (Toronto). Retrieved on 18 July 2013.
  3. 11 July 2013. Ontario, Toronto close in on deal to build Scarborough subway, scrap LRT. The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Retrieved on 18 July 2013.
  4. 17 July 2013. Toronto approves Scarborough subway extension, pending federal funding. The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Retrieved on 18 July 2013.
  5. Jennifer, Pagliaro (20 January 2016). "New Scarborough transit plan ‘buys peace in the land". Toronto Star. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. (17 June 2016). "Tory defends extra $900M for Scarborough subway extension", CityNews. Retrieved on 29 June 2016.
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Former Divisions Danforth - (Old) Eglinton - Lansdowne - St. Clair (Wychwood) - Vincent
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Rapid Transit 1 (Yonge-University) - 2 (Bloor-Danforth) - 3 (Scarborough) - 4 (Sheppard) - 5 (Eglinton Crosstown) - Finch West - Sheppard East
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Downtown Express 141 142 143 144 145
Blue Night 300 301 302 304 306 307 310 312 315 320 322 324 325 329 332 334 335 336 337 339 341 343 352 353 354 363 365 384 385 395 396
Community 400 402 403 404 405 407
Streetcar 501 502 503 504 505 506 509 510 511 512
Express Network 900 902 903 905 913 924 925 927 929 935 937 939 941 944 945 952 953 954 960 984 985 986 989 995 996
Former Routes
Bus 1 2 3 4 13 13 13 14 19 24 27 28 38 42 58 59 93 102 118 121 124 137 139 140 163 164 166 172 197 224 268 406 408
Rocket 185 186 188 190 191 192 193 194 194 195 196 198 199
Blue Night 315
Community 401 406 409 425
Streetcar 507 508 514 521 522
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