I was thus crestfallen to discover that the balloons were removed during a renovation in 2008! Sic transit gloria mundi.
|View from the south: the 3 levels of Scarborough Centre|
As for the station, it makes for a fascinating study on passenger circulation movement and design. The three levels feel very distinct and clumsily integrated.
The RT platform sees a lot of usage; this stop is arguably the only major destination / origin for the entire RT line (not counting Kennedy).
|Eastbound RT at Scarborough Centre platform|
Meanwhile, the second-level concourse hall sits mostly empty, except for the far end connecting to the mall and leading to Scarborough Civic Centre.
|The action takes place at the east end of this otherwise deserted concourse.|
A pair of commemorative plaques on this level mark the opening of the Scarborough RT. Now we know who to blame! I’m obviously a general transit enthusiast and booster, but it’s important that we acknowledge our mistakes of the past (even as we compound them in the present).
|Plaque commemorating the opening of the RT line. I like the bas-relief ICTS car.|
I’m genuinely impressed with the awfulness of the bus platform at Scarborough Centre, especially considering that it services the largest number of surface routes for the TTC. This cramped section of the station has all the ambience of a sheet-metal factory. The exposed piping, stained concrete, crumbling floors, and stoic faces—it’s a complete contrast to the roomy level above.
|The abysmally grey bus platform: industrial chic?|
Photo GalleryTour the station, and view captioned historical images from its past:
|Two variants at this station|
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