Metrolinx Releases New Station Maps for Scarborough Subway Extension

Updated station maps for the Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE) have been released by Metrolinx.

The three-stop metro extension has made significant progress over the past two years. Construction is well advanced at the project launch pit site to prepare for tunneling and planning is well advanced for future stations.

With three teams recently shortlisted to prepare proposals for how they will design and build stations, Metrolinx is sharing new station maps to give the public a better perspective of station locations and some of their features.

All three stations are designed to maximize transit connections in Scarborough.

Metrolinx spoke with residents and neighborhood leaders to get their thoughts on how these new stations will benefit their communities.

Sheppard and McCowan station

As the northern terminus of the three-stop subway extension, the new Sheppard and McCowan station will bring direct subway service further north into Scarborough.

“Having grown up in North East Scarborough, I can attest that this part of Scarborough feels disconnected from the rest of the city,” said Ryan Singh, a resident and community leader who founded ConnectScarborough in 2017 – an organization based on volunteering in support of building better public transit for Scarborough.

“My bus ride to Scarborough Center station to connect to the RT was at least 35-40 minutes. Looking for opportunities and work [in] downtown Toronto was difficult.

The new station will make it easier for people who live and work north of Highway 401 to choose public transit by spending less time on buses that connect to the subway system. It will also include a new bus terminal with local connections to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

By 2041, the new station is expected to serve more than 13,000 customers during peak hours. The new infrastructure will also protect and preserve opportunities for future expansions to support transit growth in Scarborough.

“There are over 500 grocery outlets, service providers and other popular retail outlets in the area – all of which will be close to the new subway service that serves the northeast part of Toronto,” said said Ernie McCullough, executive director of Sheppard East Village. Business improvement area. “Although we are served by five different TTC bus routes, the reality is that most people from downtown and other parts of Toronto will only come to Sheppard East Village if there is public transit fast and reliable.”

McCullough added: “If we believe that a good community is one where people can live, play and work, the subway expansion will be a vital and major step in getting there.”

The site of the future station currently serves as the launch pit site for the project. This is where the TBM is assembled and will be the starting point for its journey through the tunnel.

The new Scarborough Center station will bring modern and reliable rapid transit to the heart of Scarborough. This is a growing mixed-use community, and a direct connection to the TTC Line 2 will increase access to surrounding employment and education centers and support economic growth in this area.

The station will include an integrated bus terminal with passenger pick-up and drop-off areas and will connect to TTC and GO Transit bus routes, as well as the proposed Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit route.

“In 2018 alone, Scarborough Center RT station saw an average weekday ridership of 23,050, more than the ridership of Yorkdale, Lawrence, Eglinton West, Keele, Vaughan Metropolitan Center and High Park subway stations,” said Singh. “The Scarborough Subway Extension will revolutionize transit access to, from and through Scarborough.

By 2041, this new station is expected to support more than 25,000 jobs in the region.

Lawrence and McCowan Station

The new station in Lawrence and McCowan will improve access to health care and employment opportunities at the Scarborough Health Network General Hospital. The Scarborough Health Network is an important resource for the diverse residents of Scarborough and provides them with meaningful community services.

The new station will include a bus terminal with connections to express bus services on Lawrence Avenue. By 2041, the station is expected to serve more than 5,000 customers during peak hours.

And after?

After selecting a winning bidder for the stations, rail and systems contract later this year, Metrolinx will work closely with them on the look, feel and design of each station.

As the design progresses, Metrolinx will continue to share updated station visuals with the community. These preliminary station plans are the starting point for even more community discussions and opportunities for feedback.

Melvin Z. Madore