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Many considerations factor into the assessment of new sites including:

Connectivity and Ridership Drivers

  • How many trips will start and end at this station?
  • Does the station connect to other transit lines and have the potential to improve service?
  • Does the station connect to key destinations?

Travel Time Savings

  • What are the time savings associated with the new station?

Market Potential

  • How well situated is the station in relationship to future market demand?

Development Potential

  • Can the station support future development and intensification?

Policy Alignment

  • Does the Station Area conform to Regional land use policy?

Construction Affordability

  • What is the cost to construct the station?

Ease of Construction

  • Can the required facilities be constructed in this location?


This station has been evaluated as follows:

  • Medium: Policy alignment, construction affordability, ease of construction.
  • Low: Connectivity and ridership, travel time savings, market potential, development potential.                                               

What are your thoughts on this analysis? Have we missed anything?

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Franky's avatar
Mar 4, 2016 - 11:58

The pros are network connectivity and coupled with the fact that there will be no subway stop directly on Ellesmere, this station should go ahead.
If the ridership analysis says there would be low usage, the main motivation I can see for this station is city building and redundancy to the subway.

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LetsGo75's avatar

Mar 5, 2016 - 17:42

If a more effective method of transferring between the TTC 95 York Mills route and RER/SmartTrack can be made, then this station could have some potential. As Ellesmere station exists today, it is hidden away with poor transit connectivity. Only recently did the 95C start going to that station (on a shorter route).

However, this station has a few challenges too. The City works yard takes quite a bit of space and limits development potential. And how do you get people nearby to know there is a station under a bridge? The station area is poorly connected to the community.

When reviewing this station location not so much within the immediate station area, but all of the neighbourhoods the 95 York Mills route connects, it maintains that an RER/SmartTrack connection is warranted.

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Will's avatar
Mar 11, 2016 - 06:08

This station, like the other stations proposed for SmartTrack, are warranted if/when the final decision on the Scarborough RT/Subway is made. I still think the LRT is best for Scarborough and an East-West alignment serves the Centre and its 3 precincts much better than a North-South subway (whether it's 3 stops or 1).

If the one-stop subway goes ahead, as per the most recent plans, then we need this stop along with Lawrence, Sheppard, Finch etc...

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Doray's avatar
Mar 11, 2016 - 22:34

Just see a document on TTC that lists the RT station riderships, Ellesmere has only a bit higher than 1000ish?? this number is even much lower (half!) than the Sheppard Subway Bassarion Station which is the lowest ridership subway station. Thank --- there is no subway station in the plan now otherwise tax payer's money are thrown to death. Not familiar with the geography there but if the development potential is limited there shouldn't be a station here. Just re-route the feed buses that travel through the surrounding neighbourhoods to Lawrence Station or Agincourt Station or STC. Lots of ppl have complained too much stations would slow down the train even after the electrification has been factored in.

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