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article imageToronto Transit Commission seeks public help in new station names

By Andrew Moran     Sep 29, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is seeking help from its riders. As the Spadina subway extension line is being constructed, officials are looking at names for the new stations. It launched a survey and is asking for your participation.
Do you have a creative name for a subway station? Now could be your time to get the Toronto Transit Commission on track for its subway extension construction. The TTC is asking for public consultation on a list of names for the new Spadina subway extension stations.
The TTC established a survey on its website where transit users can select a station name. The extension of the Spadina line will run from Downsview Station to the City of Vaughan and each station name will reflect the geographical location in order to better assist riders.
Following public input, TTC officials will choose the final names after analyzing the data provided by its customers.
The survey contains six questions. The first one, for example, entails renaming Downsview Station to Sheppard West and the new station in Downsview Park be named Downsview Park Station. Three choices are given to the respondent and if he or she does not like the options then an “other” is given where you can type in your own preferred name.
“Creativity is fine, but at the end of the day we want to make sure that the station name makes sense,” said Brad Ross, TTC spokesperson, in an interview with CBC. “We want to make sure that people who are travelling in the system, navigating the system, know where they are when they're in the subway. There might be some suggestions, some ideas that the public has that we hadn't considered, and so we want to make sure that we get all that input and consider any potential options for names that we hadn't thought of.”
Tunnelling and construction of the new Spadina extension is already underway and is expected to run an extra 8.6 kilometres (4.22 miles). Construction for the extension is projected to be completed by 2015.
In his interview, Ross also ruled out the possibility of selling station names to corporations. During the summer, there was a bit of controversy after City Councillor Doug Ford suggested the idea of selling off naming rights (I.E. Wellesley Station could become McDonald’s Station).
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