Monday, November 2, 2009

PDP #124: Ellesmere Askew

Ellesmere, an intermediate station on the Scarborough RT, was the least-busiest station on the Toronto subway and RT system in 2007-2008, with an average of 1,680 daily boardings. Having visited the area last week, it's not hard to understand why. The station is built directly beneath the overpass that carries Ellesmere Road above the rail and RT tracks, and there are no direct entries or exits onto Ellesmere Road itself. Nor is the road set up in such a way that local bus service can easily connect with the station.

Honestly, I'm surprised they built it in the first place. Having built it, though, the TTC has a responsibility to maintain it. Apparently they're in the process of reconstructing the west-side stairs. I just wonder what drove them to do it, and if rehabilitating a station like Ellesmere is the best use of the TTC's limited funds. Maybe they should be fixing that dripping pipe at the southbound platform of Queen station that's been losing water for the last week and a half.

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