Happy 50th Anniversary, University Line!
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Happy 50th Anniversary, University Line!

A look back at a half-century of serving Toronto commuters.

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The TTC quietly marked a historical milestone last week: the University subway line (that’s the part between St. George and Union stations) turned 50. Though it failed in its early goal of providing smooth, interlined service between the Yonge and Bloor-Danforth lines, the University line aided the commutes of government workers and financial district employees, and also provided a base for linking the Spadina line (which marked its 35th anniversary in January) to downtown. It has witnessed champagne toasts and fatal collisions. Now, construction is extending the University-Spadina line into York Region, a move that would have satisfied early proponent Frederick Gardiner, who saw a “U”-shaped subway system as the logical way to serve commuters.

Our gallery toasts the line’s birthday by taking a ride along its history. Click through for more details about its development over time.

Additional material from the November 1994 edition of Coupler; the July 17, 1957, July 18, 1957, November 17, 1959, March 17, 1962, February 7, 1973, and January 30, 1978 editions of the Globe and Mail; the December 27, 1957, November 16, 1959, March 7, 1962, February 27, 1963, February 28, 1963, January 27, 1978, January 28, 1978, and January 29, 1978 editions of the Toronto Star; and the February 28, 1963 edition of the Telegram.