1. Starts with "I."
2. A Favorite
For the letter of the week for this round I am going to go with all things TTC, Toronto Transit Corporation.
Not a very interesting station but one I endured for many a year. First starting around 1994 - 1997 when our offices moved from Bay and Bloor to the ends of the earth (as I thought then) to Bloor and Islington. Things can get worse and did when we moved our office from Adelaide downtown to
Islington station opened in 1968 in what was then the Borough of Etobicoke as the western terminus of the Bloor–Danforth line, and became a through station in 1980 when the line was extended to Kipling.
Until 1973, TTC buses and subway trains serving the station were in separate fare zones and so turnstiles and collector booths were placed between bus bays and subway platforms. The fare barrier was reconfigured after the zones were abolished to put the bus bays inside the fare-paid zone, and its layout was simplified in a later renovation.
However, the bus bays have also been used by non-TTC buses. In the early years some Gray Coach long-distance services called at Islington, and the Airport Express, also then operated by Gray Coach, had an Islington station route. MiWay (Mississauga) buses, which at first stopped outside the station, began using several of the bus bays after they were no longer needed for TTC buses once Kipling station opened.
Islington Ave. (up the street from the subway station) contains a fabulous collection of murals showing the history and diversity of the area.
Click here to see them all.
Also on Islington, within walking distance of the subway and the murals is Montgomery Inn.
Inside the Inn