York U Subway Station Open for Business
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) York University subway station is officially open!
Located in the heart of the York University campus, the $120-million facility is one of six new stops on the TTC’s Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension project and has been called “Toronto’s most stunning subway station” by BlogTO. The station, which is 100 steps from Schulich’s main entrance, connects the School to the core of the financial district.
“The newly opened York University subway station – located directly across from Schulich’s main entrance – will transform the campus,” said Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth. “Students are now able to finish class and get downtown in less than half an hour.”
“Enhanced public transportation is essential to ensuring that our students, faculty, staff and alumni have ready access to our campuses. It increases our connectedness with communities and partners across the Greater Toronto Area, facilitates research collaboration, work-integrated learning, and enhances York University as a destination,” said Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University.
The York University station, designed by Foster + Partners, incorporates numerous environmental features, including: cool roof and green roofs; increased daylight levels to reduce electric lighting power usage; LED lighting in pylon signs, and energy -efficient lighting in illuminated wayfinding; and landscaping with native and drought -tolerant species.
The new subway station will improve access and significantly reduce the number of buses entering the University. Together with a number of other new buildings, including Schulich’s soon to be completed Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building, the TTC subway station adds another architectural marvel to York University’s Keele Street campus.