You’re likely familiar (maybe too familiar) with Toronto’s four subway lines, but did you know that we have at least two lost and abandoned subway stations? Toronto’s oldest lost station has existed since the subway first opened. According to Transit Toronto, this “hollowed-out cavern beneath Queen Station waited for a subway that never came.”
That station that never came to be is Lower Queen, which would have been a part of an east-west line that accommodated both streetcars and subways. While Torontonians voted enthusiastically for the plan, the (Toronto Transit Commission) TTC ultimately decided to scrap the Queen line and build an east-west subway line along Bloor Street instead.
One secret station you’ve seen but not recognized is Lower Bay, which was in use for six months in 1966 when the TTC ran a failed “interlining” experiment that involved running three subway lines on two stretches of track: the Yonge-University line and the Bloor-Danforth line. According to Chris Bateman of blogTO, if it had worked, riders could have caught a train at Dundas West and gotten off at Eglinton without transferring.
But the TTC abandoned this idea in favour of two separate lines. Now, Lower Bay is only seen on TV shows and in movies – including the 1998 remake of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, where Toronto was New York.
To see Lower Bay for yourself, watch for a TTC tour. Or you can rent the station for your next party, making Lower Bay one station that may be out of sight, but not out of mind.