Text by James Bow
Scarborough Centre is a station on the Scarborough RT, one stop west of McCowan and, after Kennedy, the second most used station on the line. It opened with the rest of the Scarborough RT on March 24, 1985 and shares the steel-and-glass architectural style of other stations on the line, save for Kennedy. The station serves the Scarborough Town Centre and the Scarborough Civic Centre, the former site of Scarborough City Hall, and currently the site of one of its major public libraries and civic offices.
Scarborough RT Trains pull through Scarborough Centre station and serve side platforms. There is a large mezzanine level running the length of the station where passengers access turnstiles leading them to the Scarborough Centre Mall and civic offices, and a third level occupied by a major TTC bus terminal on the west side, and a regional transit bus terminal serving GO Transit buses and some intercity buses heading east of Toronto on the east side. The regional transit centre is outside the TTC fare zone and is accessed by a stairwell leading from the mezzanine level (outside the TTC exit) and from an automatic fare entrance at the east end of the TTC’s bus terminal.
The automatic fare entrance features an old TTC collector’s booth, which does not appear to have ever been used. The glass has been covered over, and passengers must use automatic turnstiles in order to enter the TTC fare-paid area. The collector’s booth may have been the legacy of earlier plans to make this level the main exit from the station, requiring passengers to cross the roadway to enter the Scarborough Town Centre mall. This entrance became redundant with the construction of the footbridge one level above providing direct access to the mall and civic offices.
Scarborough Centre station is used 26,470 riders on an average weekday (as of 2014), many arriving from the numerous feeder bus services and using the Scarborough RT as a shuttle to the Bloor-Danforth subway at Kennedy.
As of 2016, the station’s fate is uncertain. The City of Toronto plans to replace the Scarborough RT with an extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway, possibly up McCowan. While plans call for a stop serving the Scarborough Town Centre, it’s likely that this subway station would be a new facility located beneath the Ellesmere/McCowan intersection. The fate of the bus terminal is also unknown. Plans for the project are still being drafted, however, and the subway extension is not likely to open until after 2023.
Service Notes (as of January 3, 2016):
- Off-Site Resources:
- Line: 3 SCARBOROUGH RT
- Address: 290 Borough Drive
- Opened: March 24, 1985
- Average Weekday Ridership: 26,470 (2014); 29,610 (2013)
- Hours of Operation:
First Train to Kennedy: 5:47 a.m. weekdays, 5:51 a.m. Saturdays/holidays, 7:49 a.m. Sundays.
Last Train to Kennedy: 1:19 a.m. every day.
First Train to McCowan: 6:10 a.m. weekdays, 6:13 a.m. Saturdays/holidays, 8:21 a.m. Sundays.
Last Train to McCowan: 1:41 a.m. every day
- Entrances: Town Centre Entrance, accessible (located on a walkway between the Scarborough Town Centre and the Scarborough Civic Centre.)
Brian Henderson Way, accessible, but automatic - token and Metropass only (located on a walkway between 60 and 80 Brian Harrison Way)
GO Bus Terminal, non-accessible, automatic - token and Metropass only (located at the west end of the Scarborough Centre GO Bus terminal. No direct entrance from the street. Note that the GO Bus terminal is not an accessible stop for GO buses).
- Elevators (click here for maintenance schedule): Two:
- from bus terminal serving mezzanine level and westbound platform
- from bus terminal serving mezzanine and eastbound platform.
- Escalators (click here for maintenance schedule): Six:
- westside mezzanine to RT platforms (2), up at all times
- eastside mezzanine to RT platforms (2), down at all times
- westside bus platform to mezzanine, down at all times
- eastside bus platform to mezzanine, up at all times
- Wheelchair Accessible Since: June 9, 2000
- Parking: None (surrounding parking is for mall and civic-centre use only)
- No in-station washrooms
- Token and pass vending machines
- Two side platforms
- GO Transit/Metrolinx
TTC Surface Route Connections:
38 HIGHLAND CREEK
129 McCOWAN NORTH
190 SCARBOROUGH CENTRE ROCKET
199 FINCH ROCKET