Thus began a particular rite of passage (undertaken by countless travelers over the years) that is linked intimately with Bay station. You know the one: losing something on the TTC... and then trying to get it back.
|Some 200 items a day wind up at the TTC’s Lost Articles Office|
Flustered and panicky, I contacted the TTC’s Lost Articles Office—tucked away in the mezzanine at Bay—to report my calamity.
The Office is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, not counting statutory holidays. Should you have the misfortune of forgetting something on the transit, I recommend calling ahead, to save yourself a potentially fruitless trek. With so many millions of rides taking place, the system accumulates hundreds of lost items daily, ranging from the mundane to the peculiar. Reportedly between a third to half of the errant items are eventually picked up; unclaimed flotsam is unceremoniously sold off via Police Auctions Canada.
After a few days of plaintively checking in, I learned that a kindly Good Samaritan had turned in my wandering phone. I then paid a visit to the Office, where I was reunited with my misplaced device. Hooray!
|The corridor of hopes and dreams|
Bay station opened on February 22, 1966, as a central part of the Bloor-Danforth-University line. The station was originally going to be named Yorkville, after the adjoining neighbourhood; this nomenclature quirkily persists as a subtitle in the station identification tiling.
|The Pulse at Bay station. I’m not clear on the origins of this decorative outburst, a departure from the classic Bloor-line styling.|
In 2008 the Cumberland St. entrance to Bay was replaced at the behest of the Yorkville BIA, which felt that the posh Village of Yorkville Park deserved an updated structure to serve it. A commemorative plaque directly outside this entrance references Budd Sugarman, the ‘Mayor of Yorkville’, who also has a park named for him on the surplus TTC lands south of Rosedale station.
|The renovated Cumberland St. entrance to Bay|
Bay LowerYou didn’t think I was going to skip it, did you?
No examination of Bay is complete without a traipse through Bay Lower, the “abandoned” platform underneath the main operating level. While Bay Lower isn’t a discrete station, the platform is generally not accessible to the public. Accordingly I have filtered out my extended musings on that part of the facility, and its historical role in our rapid transit network, into the next article.
Here are a couple of photos as a teaser...
|Beyond these unassuming platform-level doors lies Toronto's worst kept secret...|
|Sneak Peek into the mysteries of Bay Lower|
Photo GalleryTour the station, and view captioned historical images from its past:
(hint: turn on the captions)
Bay street was so-named in 1797 as it connected Lot (Queen) St. to a small bay in York’s harbour. Bonus points if you mentally pronounce it ‘BAE STATION’ in the Sony commercial voice. Double bonus points if you’re Danish and amused right now.
|Bay station transfer|
More about BayTTC Station info | Map | Wikipedia: Bay
My next stop: Bay Lower
Previous station: Christie
Alphabetical Station Selector