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The 5 busiest TTC subway stations

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 23, 2014

ttc subway stationsThe TTC subway and RT ridership figures tell a tale of extremes. The busiest station, Bloor-Yonge, is an astonishing 352 times busier than the quietest, Ellesmere, which handles just 1,140 riders a day due to its terrible location in the middle of an industrial area. Bloor-Yonge checks all the boxes: it's downtown at a major crossroads,

The comparison isn't entirely fair because Bloor-Yonge is busier than every station on the network by a long, long way. Even the second busiest station, St. George, handles just 63 percent of the riders of its neighbour two stops to the east. Interchange stations, which benefit from counting some riders twice (the ones that switch lines,) make up four of the top five for that reason.

Here are the five busiest TTC subway stations.

No surprises here. Bloor-Yonge is the busiest station on the TTC subway by an astonishing distance. Every day, about 401,000 people combined use the stations' two levels. The Line 1 Bloor platform is the busiest of the pair, seeing about 211,000 a day. The Line 2 Yonge level is slightly less busy with 190,000 daily users. To put these figures in perspective, the combined number for both platforms is more than the daily riderships of the Scarborough RT and Sheppard line put together.

St. George
Anywhere people change lines on the subway is a ridership hotspot. St. George, which handles about 253,000 people a day, can't touch Bloor-Yonge in terms of crowds, but it comes closest of any other TTC subway station. The lower Line 2 level of St. George station is slightly busier (129,000 riders) than the upper Line 1 level (124,000,) but it's a relatively even split. Excluding Bloor-Yonge, St. George is the busiest station on Line 2 and Line 1.

Though the ridership levels of the Sheppard line (Line 4) leave a lot to be desired, Sheppard-Yonge, the western terminus of the five-stop subway is the busiest. Combined with the Line 1 riders, the station moves about 124,000 people a day, on average, which is about half that of St. George. The second busiest station on Line 4 is Don Mills, which sees about 33,000 daily users.

Scarborough's Kennedy station is a hive of activity during rush hour. Here, unlike other TTC interchanges, three modes of transportation meet: there's the subway underground, a busy bus level, and the Scarborough RT platform on the roof. In total, 105,000 riders use Kennedy's subway and RT levels. The subway alone accounts for 71,000. At the other end of the line, Kipling station processes about 53,000 riders.

Before the opening of the second platform, tiny Union station processed 100,000 riders a day, close to its capacity, especially during Leafs and Raptors games. The narrow original platform, which now serves Downsview trains only, was a relic of the 1950s and early 60s when Union was the southern terminus of the Yonge line. The ridership figures are a touch higher than Finch (97,000,) which is the sixth busiest on the subway.

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

Image: MrDanMofo/blogTO Flickr pool.



jw / August 23, 2014 at 02:27 am
Blogto must be getting desperate for topics to write on
steve replying to a comment from jw / August 23, 2014 at 06:45 am
You have too much time on your hands, stop complaining and get outside and play.
Theo / August 23, 2014 at 08:38 am
Interesting though not surprising. These are all major interchanges of either bus, streetcar, subway or GO.
Namesake / August 23, 2014 at 09:08 am
Double counting is Rob Ford math.
W. K. Lis / August 23, 2014 at 09:23 am
Eglinton and Eglinton West stations will see an increase by 2020.
Ryo / August 23, 2014 at 11:51 am
You know you ride the TTC too much when you can name the five stations without having to read the article
walker / August 23, 2014 at 11:51 am
during rush hour try getting on at Wellesley north bound lol it is impossible
D replying to a comment from jw / August 23, 2014 at 11:53 am
This is a very relevant topic for Torontonians. Like S, I too would like to see more, perhaps rounding out the top 10.
Theo / August 23, 2014 at 01:00 pm
This list is just a writeup of a wikipedia page "List of Toronto Subway Stations." It is a nice writeup and good for discussion but all the data is easily available elsewhere for anyone curious for more.
Ryan replying to a comment from walker / August 23, 2014 at 01:38 pm
That is not because Wellesley is very busy, it's because the Yonge line is at 110% capacity so almost no one can get on north of Dundas. Just walk 5 minutes west and get on at Queens Park, problem solved. If you ride it around the horn you will spend an extra 17 minutes on the train and you'll have a seat the whole way to wherever you are going. If you were going to transfer at Bloor then just walk to Bloor.
stonerjoe / August 23, 2014 at 02:04 pm
they should do a list of best subway station snacks and food
JP / August 23, 2014 at 04:11 pm
List of least busy subway stations would be interesting too.
Derek replying to a comment from stonerjoe / August 23, 2014 at 04:31 pm

There you go — we didn't, however, feel that "top" or "best" was in order.
Josh replying to a comment from JP / August 24, 2014 at 02:08 am
The 10 Least Busiest TTC Subway Stations:

1. Bessarion - 2,550
2. Old Mill - 5,790
3. Summerhill - 5880 (tie)
3. Leslie - 5880 (tie)
5. Glencairn - 6,140
6. Chester - 6,750
7. Rosedale - 6,990
8. Castle Frank - 7,950
9. Museum - 8,290
10. Bayview - 9,380
hair salons Toronto / August 24, 2014 at 09:51 am
I would have definitely thought that Dundas was going to be in the top 5 busiest stations in Toronto. Apparently not...
Fare Comment / August 24, 2014 at 05:15 pm
More daily passenger movements at Bloor-Yonge than Pearson Airport and Union Station combined. We have billions to reno Pearson and Union and to connect them with an express train that is likely to be a white elephant. We have nothing for subway line the city and region need most.
Fare Comment / August 24, 2014 at 05:18 pm
And Dundas, the sixth-busiest subway station, serving a major university and the country's most-popular tourist attraction (the Eaton Centre)somehow can't get to the top of the priority list for a second exits. Somehow, Castle Frank was more urgent.
john / April 4, 2015 at 09:32 pm
dundas on the east side during rush hour
asap / April 4, 2015 at 11:07 pm
dufferin station and eglinton w have to be i the top 10 . they are busy most hours of the day and the busses are always packed
Colleen potts / August 10, 2015 at 06:37 pm
Well duh....I work for TTC . Of course these stations are busy, but
They get a lot of people where they need to go....
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