A TTC station might have to change its name before even opening
As Toronto patiently awaits to ride the long-overdue Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the future TTC Line 5 may have hit yet another snag this week.
But this time, instead of construction delays or pandemics, one of the line's future stations might need some last-minute revisions thanks to a bombshell announcement from Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
Ford's Tuesday announcement confirming that the Science Centre would relocate to Ontario Place was hardly a surprise after weeks of rampant speculation, but it has introduced new questions about the nearly-complete Crosstown station named for the current science museum.
tfw Science Centre Station has to change it's name before it's done being built https://t.co/HBrodUF8S3— Yusef H. Dualeh (@yusefHD) April 18, 2023
Social media is littered with comments from users frustrated about the move and the station name, like one pointing out the curiosity of relocating the popular attraction when "there is a literal Science Centre station opening this fall."
Good thing the Eglinton Crosstown LRT still isn’t running. I guess it makes changing the name of the Science Centre stop easier? So stupid, so sad. pic.twitter.com/a9xHOY9RPF— Anthony Farnell (@AnthonyFarnell) April 18, 2023
"So, what Ford patronage crony will the soon-to-open Science Centre Station be renamed to once this is announced?" reads one comment.
I wonder how much money will be spent renaming the science centre station? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/fMpxKWau6a— dj.daniel.vasquez (@dvhouseradio) April 18, 2023
"Such a horrible plan," says another Twitter user. "Right when the Science Centre station is about to open on a new LRT we're wasting money moving an important cultural institution at an important new hub from the suburbs to another relatively inaccessible location on the waterfront."
Anyone got a few gallons of White-Out and a box of Sharpies? pic.twitter.com/VERsROO4sn— Karon Liu (@karonliu) April 18, 2023
The TTC declined to comment on what the move could mean for the station's name, instead deferring to Metrolinx to speak on the issue, however, Metrolinx representatives have yet to respond to blogTO's request for a statement.
During the line's planning stages, what is now called Science Centre station was referred to as Don Mills, though a 2015 TTC Board recommendation would result in stations being given names more descriptive of their neighbourhood identities, resulting in the current name.
" let's build a transit station here "— Sascha (@Sascha919) April 18, 2023
" what will we call it "
" Science Centre Station "
" OK what do you want to do after that? "
" move the Science Centre "
" .... "
The proposed move raises similar questions about the planned Science Centre station on the upcoming Ontario Line, another of Doug Ford's controversial legacy projects.
Though much further from the finish line than the Crosstown station it will connect with, the Ontario Line station at this site has also been given the Science Centre name, an attraction that may no longer exist at this location by the time the new subway route enters service in 2031.
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