Toronto Transit Commission Line 4 Sheppard

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Toronto Transit Commission Line 4 Sheppard is wheelchair accessible.
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Line 4 Sheppard
Number of Branches 1
Distance 5.47km (Sheppard-Yonge Station - Don Mills Station)
Blue Night 385 Sheppard East SmallAccessible.gif
Types of vehicles used 4 Car TR Cars SmallAccessible.gif
Division Davisville
Ridership (2016) 49,072

Line 4 Sheppard SmallAccessible.gif (formerly known internally as route 604) is a subway line operated by the Toronto Transit Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This subway line has 4 stations and is 5.47km (3.4 miles) in length.

Route

This line connects Yonge Street on the Yonge subway in the west and Don Mills Road in the east via Sheppard Avenue East.

Overnight Service

Overnight service is provided by 385 Sheppard East SmallAccessible.gif over the entire route.

History

By the start of the 1980s, increasing density and changing travel patterns in northern Metro Toronto meant greater consideration was being given to a rapid transit line along the busy Sheppard Avenue or Finch Avenue. In 1982, TTC and city planners proposed a rapid transit line along Sheppard Avenue from the Yonge line to Scarborough Town Centre with possible extensions to York University and Toronto International Airport.[1] Three years later, the TTC introduced Network 2011, a 28-year, $2.7- billion rapid transit development plan that included a subway under Sheppard Avenue and Eglinton Avenue as well a subway to relieve the existing Yonge subway. The first phase would see construction of the Sheppard subway between Yonge Street and Victoria Park Avenue at a cost of $536 million from 1989 to 1993. Extensions would take it east to Scarborough Centre and west to the Spadina Line beginning in 2004.[2][3]

In 1987, the provincial Progressive Conservatives were defeated by the Liberals who were put off by the increasing costs of the Network 2011 plan and delayed its implementation. In 1990, they were defeated by the New Democratic Party. Construction of the Sheppard Line was approved in 1994 in addition to a subway under Eglinton Avenue West. However, in the midst of a recession, the Sheppard Line would only be built to Don Mills Road as a cost savings measure. The official groundbreaking on the line took place June 23, 1994. In 1995, the newly elected Progressive Conservative party cut capital funding to the TTC. The Eglinton West Line, which had also began construction, was cancelled, while the Sheppard Line was allowed to continue.

Two tunnel boring machines, named "Rock" and "Roll", from Lovat Tunnel Equipment, began boring in 1997. The first stage of the tunneling began at Leslie Street and ended just east of Yonge Street. The second stage began again at Leslie Street and ended at Don Mills Road.[4] All stations were constructed with a 'cut-and-cover' method.

The Sheppard subway officially opened on November 22, 2002 with the inaugural train carrying Premier Ernie Eves, Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman, Transport Canada Minister David Collenette, and TTC Chair Betty Disero breaking through a commemorative banner. During the noon hour, the public was treated to free rides on the Sheppard subway. There was also a 12 foot long subway-themed cake that was prepared by students at George Brown College. Regular service began two days later. The final cost of the Sheppard subway was $933.9 million.[5]

Future extensions

Sheppard East Extension

As part of Mayor Rob Ford's vision for transit in Toronto, he brought back the idea of expanding the Sheppard Line westward to Downsview and eastward to Scarborough Centre. In March 2011, the commission looked to Toronto Transit Infrastructure Ltd consulting sector of the TTC to work on a public-private partnership to fund and build the extensions.[6] At the end of the month, the plan was unveiled to extend the Sheppard subway at a cost of $4.2 billion; however, there was no firm plan on how to fund the extensions. This extension plan would have effectively cancelled the Sheppard East LRT which has already begun construction.

On August 17, 2011, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that Mayor Rob Ford had asked him to provide up to $650 million towards a Sheppard Line extension if there were funds leftover from the money committed to the Eglinton Crosstown Line. A revised figure placed the cost of a Sheppard extension at approximately $4.7 billion. Extending the Sheppard Line relied on available funding and council approval.[7]

After TTC Chair Karen Stintz's Transit City compromise proposal was voted down by the commission, she filed a petition for a special meeting February 8 asking council to renew their support for the Transit City plan. Her petition had the support of 23 other councilors.[8] Council voted 26-18 in favour of Stintz' proposal, which was amended to defer the Sheppard corridor to a panel of experts.[9] On February 13, Rob Ford's executive committee voted to go ahead with a Sheppard subway extension after debating Gordon Chong's funding report. [10]

The expert panel endorsed light rail transit in the form of the Transit City Sheppard East LRT plan. The other two options discussed were a $3.7 billion extension of the Sheppard Line Scarborough Centre and a $1.8 billion hybrid plan with a Sheppard Line extension to Victoria Park Avenue and an LRT to Morningside Avenue. City Council voted to approve the LRT proposal on March 21, 2012.

The Sheppard East LRT is fully funded and approved with the province paying the full $1 billion cost. However, due to budget constraints, construction on the Sheppard East LRT will not begin until the Finch West LRT is complete.

Stations

Station Name Date Opened Notes
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March 30, 1974 (Yonge)
November 24, 2002 (Sheppard)
Formerly named "Sheppard Station"
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November 24, 2002
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November 24, 2002
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November 24, 2002
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November 24, 2002

Summary

Toronto Transit Commission Logo.png Frequency Vehicles Used Notes
Weekday AM Peak 5:30 4
Weekday Midday
Weekday PM Peak
Weekday Early Evening
Weekday Late Evening
Saturday Early Morning
Saturday Morning
Saturday Afternoon
Saturday Early Evening
Saturday Late Evening
Sunday Early Morning Route does not operate.
Sunday Morning 5:30 4
Sunday Afternoon
Sunday Early Evening
Sunday Late Evening
Last updated: November 30, 2002


References

  1. Laver, Ross. "Build Two Rapid-Transit Lines, Metro, TTC Planners Propose." The Globe and MailMay 18 1982. ProQuest. Web. 21 Dec. 2016.
  2. Foster, M. (1987, Feb 17). Metro's the loser if network 2011 put back on shelf. Toronto Star, pp. 0-N4.
  3. "28-year project would cost $2.7 billion TTC plan puts subways downtown, on Sheppard, Eglinton." Globe & Mail [Toronto, Canada] 29 May 1985: M2. Infotrac Newsstand. Web. 21 Dec. 2016.
  4. Bellman, R. (1997). New machines to make Sheppard subway tunneling more boring. Daily Commercial News and Construction Record, 70(116)
  5. "Media Advisory - Official Opening of Sheppard Subway." Canada NewsWire: 1. Nov 20 2002. ProQuest. Web. 21 Dec. 2016
  6. TTC revives consulting arm to oversee Sheppard, thestar.com, retrieved on 2011-03-31
  7. Ford requests $650 million from the Eglinton LRT to be transferred to the Sheppard Extension, thestar.com, retrieved on 2011-08-18
  8. (6 February 2012) Toronto council to debate transit future. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Toronto). Retrieved on 2012-02-06
  9. Kalinowski, Tess; Rider, David (8 February 2012). Special transit meeting: Council approves plan put forward by Karen Stintz. Toronto Star (Toronto). Retrieved on 2012-02-08
  10. Rider, David (13 February 2012). Mayor Ford’s executive pushes ahead with subway expansion dream. Toronto Star (Toronto). Retrieved on 2012-02-13
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Miscellaneous
Vehicles Buses - Streetcars - Subway/RT - Rail Workcars
Current Divisions Arrow Rd - Birchmount - Davisville - Eglinton - Greenwood - Hillcrest - Lakeshore - Leslie Barns - Malvern - McCowan - Mount Dennis - Queensway - Roncesvalles - Russell - Wilson
Future Divisions McNicoll
Former Divisions Danforth - (Old) Eglinton - Lansdowne - St. Clair (Wychwood) - Vincent
Former Projects Network 2011 - OneCity - Transit City (Bus Plan - Light Rail Plan)
Bus Stops 1-999, 1000-1999, 2000-2999, 3000-3999, 4000-4999, 5000-5999, 6000-6999, 7000-7999, 8000-8999, 9000-9999, 10000-10999, 11000-11999, 12000-12999, 13000-13999, 14000-14999, 15000-15999
Current Routes
Rapid Transit 1 (Yonge-University) - 2 (Bloor-Danforth) - 3 (Scarborough) - 4 (Sheppard) - 5 (Eglinton Crosstown) - Finch West - Sheppard East
Bus 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 160 161 162 165 167 168 169 171 175 176 189
Downtown Express 141 142 143 144 145
Blue Night 300 301 302 304 306 307 310 312 315 320 322 324 325 329 332 334 335 336 337 339 341 343 352 353 354 363 365 383 384 385 395 396
Community 400 402 403 404 405 407
Streetcar 501 502 503 504 505 506 508 509 510 511 512
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 30 38 40 42 58 59 93 102 106 107 108 117 118 121 121 123 124 136 137 139 139 140 144 163 164 166 171 172 197 224 268 406 408
Rocket 185 186 188 190 191 192 193 194 194 195 196 198 199
Blue Night 302 303 305 307 308 309 310 311 315 316 317 319 321
Community 401 406 409 425
Streetcar 507 514 521 522
Stations
Yonge-University Vaughan Metropolitan Centre - Highway 407 - Pioneer Village - York University - Finch West - Downsview Park - Sheppard West - Wilson - Yorkdale - Lawrence West - Glencairn - Eglinton West - St. Clair West - Dupont - Spadina - St. George - Museum - Queen's Park - St. Patrick - Osgoode - St. Andrew - Union - King - Queen - Dundas - College - Wellesley - Bloor-Yonge - Rosedale - Summerhill - St. Clair - Davisville - Eglinton - Lawrence - York Mills - Sheppard-Yonge - North York Centre - Finch
Bloor-Danforth Kipling - Islington - Royal York - Old Mill - Jane - Runnymede - High Park - Keele - Dundas West - Lansdowne - Dufferin - Ossington - Christie - Bathurst - Spadina - St. George - Bay - Bloor-Yonge - Sherbourne - Castle Frank - Broadview - Chester - Pape - Donlands - Greenwood - Coxwell - Woodbine - Main Street - Victoria Park - Warden - Kennedy
Scarborough Kennedy - Lawrence East - Ellesmere - Midland - Scarborough Centre - McCowan
Sheppard Sheppard-Yonge - Bayview - Bessarion - Leslie - Don Mills
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