Station Focus | York University (TTC, Zum)

Station Focus | York University (TTC, Zum)

October 19, 2019 11 By Stanley Isaacs


Hey guys, welcome back to the channel! Today,
we’re visiting York University Station, another station on the TTC Yonge-University-Spadina
Line that is part of the recent Vaughan Extension. Opened in 2017, York University station is
quite grand and elegant just like other stations on the extension, and unlike many other stations
on the extension, this massive square footage is actually justified with it being the busiest
new station in terms of passenger traffic, and it served almost 35 thousand passengers
daily in 2018, almost as busy as a main bus and subway terminal like Don Mills. Let’s hop on a Toronto rocket, and head
there to take a look! [Music] Before we jump into the video, we would like
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just a great way to help support us in bringing more videos to you guys. Now, back to the scheduled content for today. Located at the centre of York University’s
Keele campus near the intersection of Steeles Avenue and Keele Street, York University station
is 4 stations from Vaughan Metropolitan Centre terminus, and the southern neighbour of Pioneer
Village station, which we visited before. We arrive on the northbound platform of the
station, and take the wide, spacious, and clean centre platform into our view. The style of this platform is quite similar
to other platforms on the line, but if you look up, you can see parts of the concourse
above, as well as this wall full of small squares sharing the same aesthetic as the
art piece of this station we’ll see in just a bit. These walls and the ceiling are decorated
with V shapes and triangle shapes, which is a feature we’ll be seeing all throughout
the design of this station. The platform features the usual amenities
such as a designated waiting area, lots of good vertical access, and it, like the other
stations on the Vaughan extension, has TV screens showing the arrival times of the next
few trains, instead of just the closest one. [Music] Alright, time to take one of these very long
escalators up to the concourse level and take a look. The wide open concourse is filled with pillars
in the same V shape that we’ve been seeing, and this is where we’ll be able to see the
art installation that is part of this station, on the wall closest to the platform below.
This is Piston Effect by Jason Bruges Studio, and it consists of a series of glass panels
backed by LCD panels, and whenever a train passes by underneath, the panels would light
up in various different wavy patterns, super cool. [Music] This concourse is the bottom level of the
wide V-shaped station building, and the centre of the V dips down to reveal the large window
letting in some wonderful natural light and brightening up the whole concourse, as well
as providing a little area for students to sit and relax among the unique architecture
and green bushes. [Music] At the centre of the concourse is a rarely
seen manned collector’s booth as well as rows of faregates, enough to handle all the
traffic from the students who commute to and from school. Each end of the V opens up to escalators and
stairs leading up to an entrance, so passengers can access either side of the York Boulevard
loop easily. This loop is where the TTC and GO buses used
to stop when they were still serving the university, but they’ve since been all moved to Pioneer
Village and Highway 407 to relieve traffic on school grounds, and besides 3 night routes,
the only regular TTC bus service still serving the school nearby is the 41 Keele route. YRT services were also ended at the station,
leaving only Brampton Transit, or Zum, still serving the school with its 501 Zum Queen
route about 200 metres north of the station itself. [Music] York University lives up to its grand size
by being genuinely well used by the students at the school, and even though it doesn’t
have a bus terminal anymore, it is still a great transit connection for commuters and
students alike. Hope you enjoyed this video. Like, subscribe, and leave a comment down
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