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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:

  • High: Connectivity and ridership, travel time savings, market potential, development potential, policy alignment.
  • Low: Construction affordability, ease of construction.

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


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Will's avatar
Mar 20, 2016 - 07:02

I'm surprised to be the first person to comment on this stop. This location has so much potential to act as a secondary union station and connect city place to front street. The station itself could cover the rail corridor, which is a terrible eyesore.

From the map, it looks like the west side of Spadina is being considered. This could provide an opportunity to reimagine the existing front street between Bathurst and Spadina... New sidewalks, a better pedestrian/cycling experience etc. Having the stop here will also serve the entire city place corridor stretching to Bathurst.

Finally, it would connect to the Spadina streetcar, which is very reliable (I prefer it over the university subway line when traveling to the west side of downtown).

This stop would also service the Dome, CN Tower, and Ripley's better than Union.

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ktunio's avatar

Many riders take transit from Union to their destination. Having this station allows riders to hop off or on early thereby further reducing their commute time.

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Mathieca's avatar
Mar 22, 2016 - 15:02

From the colour of the line is this just the Lakeshore West Line having a stop here or all trains that come from the West? I go through here every day and I don't see how you can add a station near the bridge under Spadina or even the tracks between Spadina and Bathurst. The tracks are too close together to create wide enough platforms much less having to add elevators to every platform at this station (all platforms have to be accessible). How would people get from the platforms to Front or CityPlace from the tracks since the tracks are below street level? It's too close to Union and would frustrate current users to have to stop here. If people want to get to Ripley's, the CN Tower or the Dome they should use the York Teamway instead of going into Union Station.

This station should not be considered until a few major criteria are met - 1. completing the renovation at Union station (i.e. putting on the roof that's been missing for years, replacing any wood on the platforms with concrete, completing the entire station inside) and 2. reducing the current schedule time of the train on any of the lines that would stop here so that current users would not have added commuting time. The construction of this station would be a nightmare for the existing train users and some have put up with UPX/Union Station construction for years now.

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