Submission reveals plan for reconstruction of Islington Station bus terminal

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The Islington subway station in the heart of Etobicoke will soon be completely rebuilt. Originally built in the late 1960s as the western terminus of the Bloor-Danforth subway line, the station at the northwest corner of Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue includes a concrete vaulted bus terminal with 6 bays, a large paved area for bus operations and hundreds of parking spaces. In 1980, the subway was extended one more station to the west to Kipling, and most of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus lines that had terminated in Islington moved to Kipling, leaving more space for the Mississauga Transit (eventually renamed MiWay) bus lines that were expanding at the time. Earlier this year, MiWay moved from Islington to a new second bus terminus at Kipling, leaving most of Islington’s vast space for unused buses, and that land ripe for redevelopment, considered by the City of Toronto to be a perfect space for redevelopment, including significant new affordable housing.

Conceptual volume of the Bloor-Islington site, image via submission to the City of Toronto

At the same time, the TTC had to both carry out repairs to Islington station for some time – the structure is affected by an underground stream – and also improve the station’s accessibility and safety. via the TTC Easier Access and Second Exit programs. Completed in 1968, Islington subway station lacks accommodation for people with reduced mobility or special needs. To meet both the requirements of Phase III of the Easier Access Program and a provincial legislative mandate, which is part of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, that all metro stations TTC are accessible by January 1, 2025, Islington station will undergo a major modernization. which at the same time will reshape its relationship with the northwest corner of Bloor and Islington.

Islington Station, Existing Bus Terminal, Image by Craig White

A request addressed to the City in mid-May seeks approval of the site plan to replace the existing surface bus terminal with a new pair of buildings designed by AECOM; a surface-level TTC bus terminal located in the northeast corner of the site where Islington Avenue dips under the adjacent rail corridor, as well as a new main entrance building on the west side of Islington Avenue, connected directly to the level of the existing hall of the station.

Redevelopment of Islington Station, image via submission to the City of Toronto

Meeting TTC and provincial requirements, the new buildings must include a pair of escalators and a single elevator serving the new ground floor and existing levels of the station concourse. The replacement terminal is to connect to the current lobby level of Islington Tube Station and the platform below via a new underground connection lined with retail and also containing utility rooms to the rear of the House.

Islington Station, platform level, image by REI LAVRADOR via UrbanToronto Flickr Pool

To facilitate the redevelopment, the existing bus station at Islington Station, the South Entrance, and the North Entrance and North Entrance Passenger Pickup and Drop-off Areas (PPUDOs) will be demolished. Further modifications will also be made to the service areas under the current southern entrance, while the hall roof structure will be repaired and reinforced, and the electrical room roof to the east of the existing terminal will be replaced and structurally reinforced. .

Redevelopment of Islington Station, image via submission to the City of Toronto

Improvements to Islington Avenue are designed to improve the interface between the lobby and the new bus terminal, and between the lobby and the street. The new bus station will connect to the surrounding road network via a new signposted alley. The landscaping plans, also entrusted to AECOM, provide for a public domain with new tree plantations around the new west entrance and the terminals.

Conceptual rendering of the Bloor-Islington site, image via submission to the City of Toronto

Once bus services move to the new terminal, the area where the current bus terminal is located will be ready for redevelopment as part of the City’s development division, CreateTO. Plans are underway – the city has assembled a team of designers led by Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects, along with local firms Adamson Associates and PLANT Architect – which we detailed in a story from February of this year, and which you can read it here.

You can read more about our database file for the metro station project, linked below. If you wish, you can join the conversation in the discussion thread associated with the project forum or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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