December 17, 2017 marked a historic moment in Vaughan – the first train launched from Vaughan! Not only I am excited to announce the opening of this extension that connects Vaughan to Toronto on a single train, I am proud to have played a part in as the former Chair of the Spadina York Subway Extension Committee. Vaughan is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario and this subway opening is an essential part of making the city accessible to other municipalities as we continue to develop geographically and economically.
Where is the VMC Station? What are its services?
The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station is located on 3150 Highway 7, just north of Highway 7 to the west side of the relocated Millway Avenue. The terminal station is a multi-modal transportation hub with on-street passenger-pick-up-and-drop-off (on New Park Place and Millway Avenue), and connections to YRT SmartCentres Place Bus Terminal and to the Viva BRT, which will run in the centre of Highway 7. The station is accessible with four elevators and six escalators. YRT bus routes serving the SmartCentres Place Bus Terminal adjacent to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station: 10 Woodbridge, 20 Jane and 26 Maple Leaf. The bus terminal will also serve as a YRT Mobility Plus transfer point. Other bus routes serving the Viva rapidway stop adjacent to the TTC subway station: Viva Orange, Brampton Transit’s 501 Zum.
The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station project incorporates the following environmental initiatives:
- Cool roof to main entrance;
- Green roof to electrical substation;
- Increased daylight levels to reduce electric lighting power usage;
- LED lighting in pylon signs, and energy efficient lighting in illuminated wayfinding signage;
- Water efficient plumbing fixtures;
- Energy efficient heating, air conditioning and ventilation system;
- Reduced storm water runoff into the municipal drainage system by utilizing green roof landscaping and soft landscaping areas adjacent to other building runoff areas;
- Bicycle parking; and
- Landscaping with native and drought tolerant species.
Key Feature: Zinc Standing Seam Roof
The most distinctive feature of this station is the domed main entrance building with a-zinc standing seam roof. The metal roof is constructed as a cool roof with a high solar reflectance to reduce heat absorption, and contain skylights to allow daylight to penetrate down to concourse. The dome is supported on a ring-beam clad in prefinished dark grey steel and the building is glazed in bird-friendly fritted glass in curtain wall framing. Bicycle parking will be in the form of post and rings arrayed around both ends of the entrance, located under roof overhangs. The design team has worked with the City of Vaughan to apply environmental standards, such as the Toronto Green Standard, to the subway station.
A look at the extension
The 8.6-km Toronto-to-York subway extension has six stops that include Downsview Park, Finch West, York University, Pioneer Village, Highway 407 and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. A train trip from Vaughan Metropolitan Centre to Union is scheduled to take about 46 minutes in the morning rush. All six stations are fully accessible, Wi-Fi-equipped PRESTO-enabled, and are staffed by new Customer Service Agents. Trains will operate on the new ATC signalling system. TTC commuter parking on the Line 1 extension at Finch West Station (347 spaces), Pioneer Village Station (1,881 spaces) and Highway 407 Station (583 spaces) is free until April.
Additionally SmartCentres has provided a commuter lot for transit parking on Millway Avenue to service the VMC station. The lot holds approximately 900 spots and pricing is comparable to that at TTC commuter lots.
Get on the subway!
This subway extension has been a decades in the making and thank you to our government partners for investing in our city!
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