[URBAN NOTE] “A guide to the hidden spaces of the TTC”
blogTO’s Derek Flack takes a look at some hidden spaces on the TTC network, starting with infamous Lower Bay station.
Lower Bay Station (or, as the TTC refers to it, Bay Lower) is surely the best known of Toronto’s hidden underground spaces. The ghost subway station was in service briefly in 1966 when the TTC tried its interlining system, which turned the city’s two subway routes into three.
One platform serviced the Bloor-Danforth Route, while the other was a stop on the Danforth-University-Yonge Route. The experiment failed for a number of reasons, and the lower platform was promptly decommissioned.
It now serves as an area for training exercises and film shoots, though it has also been opened to the public for events like Nuit Blanche in the past.
Lower Bay isn’t the only ghost station on the TTC, though. Underneath Queen Station, there’s the shell of a streetcar subway station that would likely have taken the name City Hall, but is now typically referred to as Lower Queen or Queen Lower.
It was partially built in anticipation of Queen Street transit line that was never built.