Bessarion 2

John Velocci

Joined October 2012

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Bessarion subway station in Toronto, Canada

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
16mm/ƒ/16/2s/ISO 100
dedicated to the subway platforms
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Bessarion is a station on Line 4 Sheppard of the Toronto subway. Opened in 2002, it has consistently ranked among the least used stations in the city, only second to Ellesmere, serving an average of 2,080 passengers per weekday in 2013. Wi-Fi service is available at this station.

Bessarion opened on 24 November 2002, in the first phase of the Sheppard line, and was one of the stations originally planned for the Sheppard line. Due to budget overruns that came up on several occasions, there were many suggestions to remove it from the original plan for a cost savings of $34 million. When the question was raised a last time in 1998, it was decided that the station should be built, because it was in a prime redevelopment area and the station was an important selling feature for these proposed housing units pushed by Councillor David Shiner.

When the site was excavated, the soil was found to be contaminated with various levels of hydrocarbons (likely from the former Canadian Tire service station on the site). This was removed and decontaminated during the construction of the subway station.

As of the late 2000s, Concord Park Place, a 45-acre (18 ha), master-planned multi-tower condominium and townhouse complex, is under construction on the former Canadian Tire warehouse site that adjoins the station.

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