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- The Queen Street subway is also a name used for the historic rail underpasses at roughly 1230 Queen Street West.
It began with a streetcar subway line proposal by the Department of Railways and Bridges of the City of Toronto Engineers in 1911, but it was not until the 1940s that the line re-emerged.
The 1944 TTC Rapid Transit Proposals for a Queen Street Route and a referendum on January 1, 1946 brought the Queen subway line back to life. The line called for an open-cut with right of way and built to the north of the existing Queen Streetcar line.
This plan was abandoned due to World War II and not re-visited until the 1960s. By the 1960s, the TTC had already built the Yonge subway line and was in the process of building the Bloor-Danforth line.
The existing Queen Street streetcar line remains one of the longest and most heavily-used, running double-length ALRV streetcars (one of only two lines that does so) at six-minute intervals. However, the volume of riders did not justify a subway line in the 1960s.
A rough platform, partial station is all that remains of a station and the proposed Queen subway line with access from a door from the existing Queen station.
Stations on the proposed Queen line:
- Trinity Park
- City Hall
- Yonge (Lower Queen)
Proposed routes: 1960sEdit
Later changes to the line would have extended the subway to the Humber Loop in the west and Eglinton-Don Mills to the north-east end:
- 1960 - subway from Sunnyside to Greenwood, then from Greenwood to O'Connor Drive and connect with the Bloor-Danforth subway at either Greenwood or Donlands stations
- 1964 - an underground streetcar line from Greenwood to McCaul to replace the existing surface route.
- 1964 a route was to have the underground section from Jarvis (Sherbourne in 1968 plan) to Spadina. The route re-surfaces between Spadina to Humber Loop and from Jarvis to either Broadview or Pape.
- 1968 - Queen from Humber to Victoria Park
- 1968 - Greenwood and O'Connor to Queen; Queen from Dufferin; Dufferin north to Weston rail cooridor to Islington
- 1968 - Greenwood and O'Connor to Queen; Queen from Dufferin; Dufferin north to Weston rail cooridor to Eglinton; Eglinton to Martin Grove
- 1968 - Greenwood and Danforth to Queen; Queen from Dufferin; Dufferin north to Weston rail cooridor and Eglinton
- 1972 GO Urban route using railway corridors - from Eglinton and Kennedy to Don Valley; Don Valley to Union; Union to Dundas West
The Queen Route was not removed until 1975, but the Lower Queen station was renovated in the 1990s due to elevator construction in Queen.
- Queen (TTC)
- Toronto, Ontario
- Toronto Transit Commission
- Toronto Transportation Commission
- Eglinton West subway
Plans that reviewed and proposed the Queen line:
- Rapid Transit Subways - Department of Railways and Bridges of the City of Toronto Engineers 1911
- Rapid Transit for Toronto - TTC 1944
- Draft Official Plan of the Metropolitan Toronto Planning Area - Metropolitan Toronto Planning Board 1960
- Metropolitan Toronto Transportation Plan - Metropolitan Toronto Planning Board 1964
- Draft Official Plan for Metropolitan Toronto - Metropolitan Toronto Planning Board 1959
- Metropolitan Toronto and Region Transportation Study - mid 1960s
- Transit Facility in the Downtown section of Queen Street - TTC 1966
- Report on Rapid Transit Priorities in Metropolitan Toronto - Metropolitan Toronto Planning Board 1969
- A Concept for Integrated Rapid Transit and Commuter Rail Systems in Metropolitan Toronto - TTC 1969
- GO-Urban concept - Province of Ontario 1972
- Choices For The Future - Metropolitan Toronto Transportation Plan Review 1972