Station Focus | Highway 407 (TTC, GO, YRT) [CC]
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Station Focus | Highway 407 (TTC, GO, YRT) [CC]


Hey guys, welcome back to the channel! Today, we’re visiting our second station
on the Vaughan Subway Extension, Highway 407. This station is one of only two stations,
along with Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, that are outside of Toronto proper, as it is located
north of the Jane and Steeles intersection just south of Highway 407, the station’s
namesake. Similar to Pioneer Village, the station we
visited before, Highway 407 is gigantic and modern, and features interesting artwork and
design choices, and is probably the single largest building for any station in the TTC. Despite its size, however, this is one of
the lesser-used stations on the extension and even in the entire system, as there are
not a lot of walkable residential and commercial development around the station. Riders from
the closest residential areas would be more likely to use the other stations in those
areas, such as Vaughan Metropolitan Centre or Pioneer Village. Although, now that all GO buses have been
moved from York University to this station, ridership is likely to go up, though there
has been some controversy created since York University students now have to pay an additional
TTC fare to get to school. Alright, enough overview, let’s go check
out the station. [music] Arriving at the station on a northbound Line
1 train, we are greeted by much of the same raw, concrete colour scheme as the other new
subway stations. The island platform is wide, allowing for
significant passenger traffic, which, unfortunately, the station does not currently experience. One interesting fact is that because of the
proximity to Black Creek and the high water table in the area, the platform doesn’t
actually have any weight-supporting columns, and all the weight of the station building
falls onto the sidewalls, which better distributes the weight of the station onto the soft soil,
as it is essentially floating on it. The platform features the usual amenities
including benches and a designated waiting area, although it also has the newest kind
of departure boards that the stations on the extension all have, which show multiple next
train departure times instead of just one. In order to go up to the concourse, you have
the option of taking these very cool escalators with light strips, this tall elevator, or
the set of stairs that snake around the elevator shaft. We’re gonna use the escalators today to
get up to the concourse. The concourse is, again, wide and spacious,
with curved ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows letting in ample sunlight to
brighten up the whole concourse. The stained-glass skylights here, as well as panels on the bus
terminal level, are all part of an artwork titled Sky Ellipse by Toronto artist David
Pearl, which serves as the anchoring artwork for this station, as all of the new subway
stations have. We really like how this station has a single
large concourse, which is beneficial for transfers and security. The height of the whole station really adds
to the grandiosity of the building, along with the many lights on the walls and ceilings,
and it gives off a very futuristic vibe. Located on the concourse include numerous
Presto fare gates, the collector’s booth, and several of the newest Presto machines. Here, you can then find two separate sets
of stairs and escalators that lead to the entrance of the station on the ground level
and the bus terminal on the second and highest level respectively. We’ll start by exploring the entrance level
first. Stepping outside of the station, we find ourselves
in the midst of a giant parking lot with 600 spots, currently quite full as it is a weekday. The parking lot is separated into different
sections with well-landscaped medians and walkways Turning around, and we can finally see the
station building in its entirety. Highway 407 station is shaped like a boomerang,
and it reminds me of a spaceship about to jump to warp speed or a baseball diamond with
the parking lot as the outfield. This is definitely my favourite station on the Vaughan subway
extension, as I really love the futuristic look it has. [music] Alright, finally, we’ll check out the bus
terminal. Heading up one level on these very blue escalators,
we first find ourselves at the centre of the boomerang, with the buses stopping at the
two arms of the boomerang. We immediately spot the other half of the
stained glass art piece, as well as a GO service counter and public washrooms. There is a set
of departure boards here that remind me of the ones they have in an airport or in Union
station, which is a nice touch. A neat feature of the station is these small
plaques detailing the exact address of the station, especially here at the AED station,
where it is quite crucial to have the address for calling 911 in emergency situations. With 18 bus stands serving 9 GO bus routes
and 2 YRT routes, the bus terminal was quite busy when we were there even though it was
the middle of the day. The addition of GO bus routes added a lot
of traffic, plus more amenities to the bus terminal, with the same wooden seating as
they have in Union station, numerous signs pointing passengers to the correct bus bay,
as well as departure boards for all the routes here at the station. Attached to the western arm of the bus terminal
is also a 17-bay bus layover area, for when the buses need to take a nap during the day. One route worth mentioning is definitely the
YRT bus that’ll take you to Canada’s Wonderland, which is probably one of the reasons for this
station’s rising popularity in the summer. Another route that is quite unique to this
station is an Ontario Northland bus route that travels to North Bay, with two inbound
and two outbound trips per day. In the future, there’ll be an underground
bus rapid transitway that’ll travel along the length of the highway from Durham region
across the GTA to Burlington. This will be a great east-west connector at the north end
of the GTA, but unfortunately, it is still a long way from starting construction. Hopefully,
this will bring even more traffic to the station to fill up these relatively empty halls. Alright, guys, this marks the end of our tour
of Highway 407 station, a beautifully designed station with lots of potential to grow. Like, subscribe, and tell us what your favourite
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in the Six! Thanks for watching guys, and we’ll see
you in the next one! [music]

7 Comments

  • Brian Freiter

    This is also my favorite TTC station as it has been so useful for connecting from out west. I look forward to what it will eventually be.

  • MagnaBad Delta-Thriller

    Besides Pioneer Village, This is one of my favourite station. But again, the platforms needs more decorations

  • T D

    The station will never have a significant ridership if people don’t live around it. Rapid transit works best when a critical mass of people can easily live, work and entertain themselves ideally at less than 500m up to 1 km of the station. This isn’t likely to change because it’s hard to create the optimal neighbourhood for that next to a highway. The park-and-ride model is strongly dependent on the size of the parking; ironically the bigger the parking the more it isolates the station, which negatively affects ridership. While funnelling bus routes to the station can help, setting up stations like this will lead to diminishing returns on investments, and then we’ll say that rapid transit is too expensive 😔

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