The information panels from the Finch West open houses are now online at the project’s website.
A few items of interest from the preliminary plans are:
- Station designs for both Finch and Finch West stations
- Design problems for the Highway 400 crossing
- Options for the western terminal
At both subway stations the LRT will serve, one of the options will be an underground LRT station. At Yonge Street, a few of the proposals seem a bit far-fetched especially a lengthy “around the block” arrangement that would encircle Finch Station with LRT trackage.
Something that needs to be remembered in whatever design the TTC chooses is the possibility the line will eventually be extended east on Finch. An east-west alignment for the terminal as well as the capacity for a large volume of transfer movements with the subway are important, and my gut feeling is that the underground scheme will be chosen.
At Finch West Station, there are two main options: surface or underground. The surface option has two variants. Either this would emulate the classic streetcar/subway interface such as we see downtown with passengers walking to sidewalk subway entrances, or there would be a centre platform with connections directly to the mezzanine level of the subway. The latter is my preference.
The western terminus is not settled yet, but the Woodbine Live centre is certainly an extension option. Totally absent from the panels is any discussion of an airport connection. The possible alignment shows up on an overview of all transit studies, but as part of a Hydro corridor scheme.
Finally, I must congratulate the TTC in finding a photo of an attractive substation, a lovely brick structure that would actually complement any neighbourhood rather than the dull bunkers we have seen in previous open houses. Who knows? Transit City may launch a whole new generation of “hummer houses”, a disappearing feature of the Toronto landscape.