Glencairn Subway station is on the Yonge – University-Spadina line of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). It was opened to the public in January 1978 and serves only 5,000 people a day, making it one of the least used stations of the system.
Glencairn station is situated in a low density zone, mostly residential houses and few apartments. It overpasses Allen Road at Glen Park Avenue.
|Solar panels on roof of Glencairn|
One of the features that make Glencairn station so unique is the solar powered panels located on the roof at a cost of about $ 15,000 for two of them. This is a pilot project that started back in April 2010. The solar panels have to be flexible to conform to the roofing design, and apparently they’re not quite as efficient as the flat panels but at least they ward off vandals. These panels will also be equipped in 52 bus shelters as well as about 5 stations are being fitted with screens to let riders know when to expect the next train/bus/streetcar. Most shelters around the world contain some solar component, so it’s really nothing new, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.