I wonder how well these stations will age. Downsview hasn't aged a day since it opened 20 years ago, while Kennedy Station, which is 16 years older, is in decrepit condition.
I will never like that Pioneer Village station exterior look. I get the historic "old" name but not sure I understand the need to invoke memories/images of the Flintstones.
The design of the station predates the dumb "Pioneer Village" name; earlier renderings look the same, but with "Steeles" on top.
(Also not sure how glossy red steel and Corten evoke the Flintstones, or how the a cartoon set in the Stone Age relates to early colonial Canada.)
When I look at the station I see this (albeit with different materials in construction).
Toronto-York Spadina subway extension $400M over budget
While substantial performance of each station contract is important, the critical path to open the subway is tied to completion of specific areas and equipment rooms to provide access for follow-on systems contractors, ultimately leading to component and system-wide testing and commissioning.
This is a cautionary tale for the Scarborough subway extension, for which the city will be paying 100% of any cost overruns.
????What an utter joke. So lets get this straight, just about a year after the TTC came out and deliberated on options saying that the Spadina extension would be over-budget and late, they chose an option that would put another X dollars to the project in order for it to open in late 2017 (basically 2018). Now a year later, they come out and say that they need more money. Who's the person who is actually responsible for planning how funds are used for this project?