York University Subway – Still Waiting…

CAUTION! Extreme sarcasm below! If you don’t understand sarcastic expressions and satire, please do not traumatize your gentle mind and read the article below (also, if you think that TTC is great at building subways, do me a favour and save yourself some time by not reading it).

As a person who has been going to YorkU for somewhat a little more than four years, I was always annoyed by constant promises of the Bright Commuter Future that seemed not too far away on the shiny TTC construction sign yet seemed almost impossible. Do you remember that time when your class finished in the afternoon and you were always getting on the empty bus with no line-ups that quickly got you to your destination? Me. Neither. Even after graduation, I still can’t help but wonder: When is the subway opening? Hence, the paragraphs below are fully and solely dedicated to the eternal student frustration about the upcoming York University Subway Station. Read on, folks…

“York University station is to welcome its visitors in 2070”.

Nothing could ever be more expected by the YorkU students who probably spend at least an hour of commute to the most commuter school ever, than the brand new rise- and-shining York University subway. The station, construction of which had started back in 2011 proved to be the best failed public infrastructure, development and subway extension project ever and most likely scored the “too hard to get”, “eternal frustration” and “useless and ruthless project management” awards for a few years in a row!

“OMG I can’t believe the subway will only be coming in 2070 and not at the end of 2069 as promised by the TTC” – said of the Yorkies while getting on the masterpiece of public transit hell model 2000+ super pro – 196 Rocket bus. The TTC Rocket can indeed get you to Downsview and Sheppard-Yonge stations faster than the trip to Mars that probably will become available to all of us before the York University station opens its doors to the public (and also cheaper than the monthly TTC pass).

Thousands of York students who have been coming to campus every day for the last few years got to experience eternal bus route changes around the campus and fences around the construction site. All of that, no doubt, always reminded you that your tax money isn’t a waste. Lastly, who doesn’t just love that amazingly and aesthetically satisfying photoshopped subway extension sign showing the expected opening date?! It’s just another reminder for us and for our mental image of the Bright Commuter Future that during all those year including the present, the York Subway seems like a distant fairy tail… Even though now it actually starts looking like a real subway station.

 

Will the TTC open the line 1 newly built station along with the other few northbound stations at the end of 2017? Only the time (and their new Twitter account) will show…