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TTC video goes behind the scenes at ghost stations

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 21, 2014

toronto lower bayThe Toronto Transit Commission is opening the door to a secret world of abandoned subway stations and secret passageways in its latest YouTube video.

In it, TTC CEO Andy Byford and spokesman Brad Ross descend into Lower Bay (or Bay Lower as they insist it's called) to talk about the disused station's appearances in Hollywood movies, music videos, and its use as a test area.

Lower Bay saw use when some Bloor-Danforth line trains would run via Union to Eglinton.

The pair then visit Lower Queen, the roughed-in underground streetcar stop at Queen and Yonge. This area, long off-limits to the media and public, was built with the Yonge line when the TTC planned to run the Queen streetcar in a tunnel through downtown.

Previously only Lower Bay has been open to the public during the Toronto Doors Open event.

Check it out.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.



NotThatDave / February 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm
I still cant believe how many people still didn't know the lines were integrated at one point.
Steven / February 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm
A real shame they don't use it. A waste of money.
Carly / February 21, 2014 at 01:23 pm
i think its cool that bay lower still gets used. but lower bay makes more sense in english, and like come on Andy is from England, he should know proper english.
Carly replying to a comment from NotThatDave / February 21, 2014 at 01:24 pm
i assumed it did, since when its closed for construction it goes though bay lower
PierreNick / February 21, 2014 at 01:29 pm
Brad Ross does mention "Bay Lower (and not Lower Bay)". Perhaps the author didn't hear that? :P
(I did not know this and always called it Lower Bay myself).
steve replying to a comment from Steven / February 21, 2014 at 02:07 pm
Did you watch and listen to he video before commenting?
Thomas / February 21, 2014 at 02:07 pm
"Lower Bay" would mean that it was on the lower portion of Bay, nearer the waterfront, lie "Lower Jarvis". "Bay Lower" means that that is beneath "Bay". The English is correct.
-.- replying to a comment from Steven / February 21, 2014 at 02:37 pm
Someone didn't watch the video...
leo / February 21, 2014 at 02:46 pm
wow that is 5 min's i will never get back..
yochie / February 21, 2014 at 02:50 pm
anyone else think that the queen lower shots look like a green screen?
R-b F--d / February 21, 2014 at 04:49 pm
Great place to deal according to big brothers Randy and Dougie. Take note Feces Nation (formerly F--d Nation).
Spike replying to a comment from R-b F--d / February 21, 2014 at 05:36 pm

Would love to see this station be used again one day as part of a DRL, and I bet that it could be used for one.
Shoegazer / February 21, 2014 at 05:53 pm
Can Mr. Byford quit using the term "customer"? The TTC is not a business.
Debsagrrl replying to a comment from leo / February 21, 2014 at 09:49 pm
Lol, I thought the same thing...
Steve replying to a comment from Shoegazer / February 22, 2014 at 12:10 am
The TTC may not be business but it can and should be run like one.
totes replying to a comment from yochie / February 22, 2014 at 12:18 am
totes megoats on the green screen.
Josh / February 22, 2014 at 02:15 am
I like that the old signage from 2003 is still in the disused Queen Station entrance. It's a nice reminder of how the price of a day pass has gone up almost 50% in just ten years.
Gail replying to a comment from Shoegazer / February 22, 2014 at 07:19 am
They provide a service to me.
I pay for the service.

Sounds like a business to me and I am certainly a customer.

Rid The Streetcar replying to a comment from Shoegazer / February 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm
The TTC, IS a business! Unfortunately not run like one and the the politics MUST be removed from it. we would all benefit!
pdandrew / February 22, 2014 at 02:15 pm
I once read a marvellous sci-fi story in which the protagonist turned the knob of one of those mysterious unmarked doors on a subway platform and found it unlocked. She opened the door, walked down a staircase to another door, opened it and found herself on an 1890s railway station platform in bright sunshine and open air, crowded with people in 1890s outfits getting on and off steam trains of the period.
Awks / February 22, 2014 at 04:05 pm
Seems like Toronto doesn't finish any job.....just wasting tax payers money..
Charlie Bravo / February 22, 2014 at 04:25 pm
The TTC has always called it Bay Lower, this isn't a "Ross-Byford-ism".
jessy cuthbertson / December 11, 2015 at 10:12 pm
My name is Jess but you can call me donitello I am in a sewer grate band where we would love to shoot a music video here we are a semi professional band called cyote and we are also known as the ninja turtles find the cure is my motto
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