1945 Subway plan mapby TheStar.com
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The Queen subway proposal died a slow death leaving behind a ghost station under the Queen St. stop that would have served that line.
In the 1945 report, it proposed that commuter travel times would be greatly reduced by subways. When compared to existing surface routes, the travel time from St. Clair and Oakwood to the corner of Yonge and Queen, for example, would drop from 31 minutes to 21 minutes.
From Danforth and Coxwell, the 1945 report proposed it would take only 21 minutes to the corner of Yonge and Queen after taking 27 minutes pre-subway.
Through the plan in the 1945 report, the biggest time savings would come in a straight shot down Yonge Street, the commute from Eglinton reduced from 26 minutes to 14 minutes.
The 1945 plan called for the Yonge subway line north of College Street to be mostly in an open cut format -basically in a ditch – while south of College, it would run underground. From College north to Heath St., those ditches were to be installed 150 to 200 feet east of Yonge. But that would have meant the destruction of several homes at a time when Toronto had a housing shortage and many considered those open cuts ugly, which might have negatively impacted property values. In the face of public criticism, it was agreed to bury the subway from Carlton Street to Ramsden Park.
The original plan called for the subway through Rosedale to be "open cut," basically in a ditch which caused a great deal of squabbling among politicians. "Why mutilate good sections of Rosedale with unsightly open cuts? There is no excuse for having an open cut. The sight of birds singing as you travel along may sound like a lovely picture but it isn't feasible."
The Queen St. route would have been in an open cut west of University and east of Church, through “depreciated-value areas where there will be a pronounced economy in acquiring a private right-of-way a short distance north of Queen Street.”
Queen was a gritty industrial area at the time. There would eventually be links with lines in the east to Gerrard St. and Carlaw Ave.
The Star encouraged an acceptance of the subway blueprint, though an editorial stated the paper was "not impressed by the Queen St. proposals" but, precipitously, editors also anticipated that the Queen plan would likely be delayed so long that it would never come to fruition.
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