Jane

In his seminal work, Towards a New Architecture, Le Corbusier declares that:
“The business of Architecture is to establish relationships by means of raw materials.”
What, then, are we to make of the homely pile of bricks that constitute Jane station? What relationships can we form with its arid underground hall? What emotional significance may we ascribe to its pale yellow tiles? And does its compromised linearity please, or bore us?

Jane station mezzanine.
Jane station mezzanine view

I shall lazily leave the determination of the answers as a thought exercise for the reader. If Jane has personal resonance for you (positive or negative), I invite you to share your story in the comments. I’m looking at you, riders of the 35/195!

Jane station bus platform
Waiting for the bus at Jane

On May 10, 1968, the TTC’s suburban subway expansion from Keele to Islington (which included the opening of Jane station) marked the demise of the Jane Loop to the south, the western end of the Bloor streetcar line since 1923. The Loop was a major transfer point for buses as well as the boundary line between fare zones.

Immediately east of Jane is a double-crossover; this track feature is typically used to deal with delays in the west end of the subway, as it allows trains to return east instead going to the end of the line.

Jane station walkway entrance from Bloor St.
Bloor street walkway entrance

Jane station takes its name from Jane Barr, the wife of a prominent York County real estate developer. She and her husband James immigrated from Glasgow in 1907; the street was subsequently named for her.

p.s. here’s the unofficial station song you can hum when you’re passing through.

Photo Gallery

Tour the station, and view captioned historical images from its past:
(hint: turn on the captions)

Jane station photo gallery

Transfer:
Jane station TTC transfer
Jane station transfer

More about Jane

TTC Station info | Map | Wikipedia: Jane

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