Updated Nov. 17, 2015:
Although Metrolinx has yet to publish a report on the result of their consultation, it is clear that they have already decided on some changes to station names. This is revealed by a report for the TTC’s Board Meeting on November 23.
A proposed 2021 map (click map to expand) shows changes from the consultation information provided by Metrolinx (see original post below).
- The station at Keele, originally proposed to be named “Silverthorne”, has become “Keelesdale”.
- The existing Eglinton West station is to be renamed either “Allen” or “Cedarvale” (the TTC will pick one at its meeting).
- The station at Avenue Road, originally proposed to be named “Oriole Park”, has become “Avenue”.
- The station at Ferrand Drive, originally proposed to be named “Aga Khan & Eglinton”, has become “Aga Khan Park & Museum”.
- The station at Bermondsey has become “Sloane”.
- The station at Victoria Park, originally proposed to be named “Wexford”, has become “O’Connor”.
- It is unclear whether the “& Eglinton” suffix has disappeared from all of the surface stop names because it was not included on the Metrolinx map either.
I will leave it to the trivia collectors to spot the stations shown as not accessible on this map where elevators are now under construction or well into the design stage.
The comment period for station names on Eglinton has now closed, and the results make interesting reading.
These are linked from two pages for the initial set covering stations from Keele to the DVP, and for a followup set of three more stations east from Leslie. Few of the proposed station names received strong positive feedback, and I will not attempt to do justice to the range of comments received.
- Silverthorne: Strongly disliked because hardly anyone knows where it is, and the name is not associated with the station location at Keele.
- Fairbank: Not liked in about half of the responses, again because the name is not well known.
- Allen: Strongly liked because the name and the location have a good link.
- Forest Hill: Generally liked, although some pointed out that the station is slightly outside of the actual village.
- Oriole Park: Very strongly disliked because “Avenue Road”, the actual station location, would be much more appropriate.
- Leaside: Liked by just over 50%, but many pointed out that the heart of Leaside is well east of Bayview.
- Sunnybrook Park: Very strong support, over 80%, for the station at Leslie.
- Science Centre: Strongly liked by almost 3/4 of respondents.
- Aga Khan & Eglinton: Liked by over half of respondents, but with a considerable debate about whether it should be “Aga Khan Museum”.
- Golden Mile: Over half of respondents disliked this proposal not least because the proposed location, Warden, is well east of the traditional “Golden Mile” area closer to Victoria Park.
- Wexford: Very strongly disliked for the simple reason that “Wexford” is two kilometres north of Eglinton at Lawrence, and is an utterly inappropriate name for the stop at Victoria Park.
A common thread is that the Metrolinx consultants have little or no actual familiarity with the city, and chose entirely inappropriate names for some locations, at times not even following their own overly complex “decision tree” for the process. At least they asked for feedback, but we won’t know until the process reports out whether they are actually listening.
There are times I suspect that Metrolinx consultants all hail from afar, and think Toronto is some sort of one-horse town where they can breeze in, look professional and leave. The problem with this is that the bad smell sticks not to the consultant, but to Metrolinx for being thick-as-a-brick to hire them in the first place.
Updated October 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm
It appears that Metrolinx has updated the station name list without bothering to tell anyone. The graphic on the Crosstown Project Home Page shows that some of the proposed names have been changed:
- Keele/Silverthorne is now Keelesdale, a popular suggestion in the comments.
- Avenue/Oriole Park is back to Avenue, again a popular suggestion.
Meanwhile, “Wexford” and “Golden Mile” still identify locations that are inappropriate for the stations.
[Image taken from the Crosstown website’s banner.]
Elsewhere on the same site, the Crosstown Route Map shows the original station names.
There’s nothing like consistency!