TTC showcases its first pair of TYSSE stations
York University and Downsview Park stations swung their doors open to the general public as part of the 18th annual Doors Open Toronto event on May 27. It was the public’s first opportunity to preview the Line 1 extension’s new features and facilities.
Nearly 5,000 people stepped inside what many were calling “cool” and “futuristic” and “spacious” subway stations. The four other stops – Finch West, Pioneer Village, Highway 407 and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre – will be showcased to the public in the fall. The six-station, 8.6-km extension to York Region is scheduled to open in December.
Downsview Park and York University are both close to complete with exterior landscaping, interior finishes and some signage left to be installed.
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre is the third station to reach substantial completion with exterior roof layers and interior ceiling art installation in progress. Finch West, Pioneer Village and Highway 407 are scheduled to reach substantial completion in the next two quarters of 2017. All of the stations on the line are fully accessible.
The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension project is well into its testing and commissioning phase. Since the third rail was energized in late March, the first test train took its inaugural journey over the entire length of line on April 4. Subsequent trains have operated through reaching speeds of up to 30 kilometres an hour as testing of the Automatic Train Control signal system continues to gain momentum. Expansion works at Wilson Yard are largely completed.
TYSSE systems progress
- All four substations energized.
- Emergency trip system operational.
- Tunnel equipment and cabling installed.
- Subway radio system operational and connected to Transit Control and Toronto Emergency Services.
- Fibre optic system operational and connected to Transit Control.
- PAX internal phone system installed and operational in tunnels; 60 per cent completed in stations.
- SCADA equipment monitoring installation 95 per cent complete in stations.
- Public address/CCTV/Intercom system installation 46 per cent completed.
- Bell pay phones 70 per cent installed.