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Overview

Bessarion Station is located just east of the corner of Sheppard Avenue and Bessarion Road, in North York. The station currently has relatively few major trip generators, with a couple of big box stores located within walking distance. This may be set to change however, as a result of a large condominium tower neighbourhood and a community centre being built adjacent to the station's main entrance.

As with other Line 4 stations, Bessarion features a spacious concourse and high interior ceilings. The station is arranged in 3 levels. At street level are the station's 2 headhouse-style entrances, facing each other from opposite sides of Sheppard Avenue. The south side entrance is accessible. Below the street is the main concourse with the station's only fare line, and below that is the platform level. As with most stations on Line 4, Bessarion features an island platform currently sized to hold a 4-car train, but with knockout panels allowing future expansion to 6-car trains. Bessarion's knockout panels can be found at the west end of the platform.

Station Facts 

  • Opening Date:
    • November 24, 2002
  • Internal ID: 57P
  • Lines:
    • Line 4 Sheppard
  • Previous Station:
    • Bayview
  • Following Station:
    • Leslie
  • Entrances: 2 (1 accessible)
  • Fare Gates: 9
  • Booths: 1
  • PRESTO Card Vending Machines: 2
  • PRESTO Reloading Machines: 1
  • POP Transfer Printers: 2
  • Elevators: 2
  • Escalators: 4

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Unique Features

When Line 4 opened, Bessarion gained the ignominious honour of least-used heavy rail subway station in Toronto. The station serves under 3,000 passengers daily, as a result of being located in a low-density suburban residential area, with no north-south bus routes or major streets to channel ridership to the station. This, along with its namesake (a 2-block long residential street) being unfamiliar to most Torontonians, generated criticism over the line's design and use of funds. From the late 2010s, local transit enthusiasts and urbanists adopted Bessarion as a sort of internet meme, featured in parody conspiracy theories doubting its existence, or purportedly having properties based in science fiction or the supernatural.

With the opening of the Line 1 extension to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre in 2017, Bessarion has lost its lonely distinction to Downsview Park, which had even lower ridership in 2018. However, Downsview Park is explicitly intended as an intermodal transfer point to the GO train Barrie Line, which is set for major service expansion in the 2020s, so it is possible that Bessarion may regain the title of least-used subway station in the future.


Public Artwork

Bessarion features a public art installation by Sylvie Belanger, titled Passing. The installation features tiles with silk-screened images of body parts including the backs of heads, feet, and hands. The installation evokes the patterns of passengers passing through the station, with the images of heads appearing on the platform, feet in the concourse, and hands in the stairs between the concourse and street level.


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Bayview
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