You have some of that backwards. Highway 403 was planned before Square One was opened -- it was on the books since the 1960s, and Metro was going to connect with it via a new highway on what is now Eglinton Avenue in Etobicoke. That's a big reason why the mall is there, just like Yorkdale, Scarborough Town Centre, and Pickering Town Centre. Highway 401 was not built to serve those malls either.That wasn't my point. In 1973, the greater Burnhamthorpe/Hurontario area was still open fields and pasture. The construction of Square One shopping centre that year was the catalyst for everything that followed (the alignment/routing of Hwy 403, the office towers, the residential towers, the municipal buildings, the City Centre Transit Terminal, second largest GO Terminal in the Province, the Transitway and now the Hurontario LRT).
Malls are a great source of trip generation, which is why they typically double as transit hubs all over the province.
I personally stopped bothering with VIVA Orange, the fares for Brampton Transit are cheaper and most of the times a ZUM bus is tailing an empty VIVA bus. At this point, I would argue that the YRT should just abolish VIVA Orange altogether and extend ZUM to Richmond Hill seeing that the service cuts over the next 2 years is evidence that York politicians have forgotten the "bus" part of a bus lane. ZUM already runs the 502 deep into Mississauga so I don't see any problems with them doing the same in York Region. If anything it makes everyone much more happier: transfer free travel between Brampton and Richmond Hill, cheaper fares, the YRT has one less bus service to run and riders don't have to put up with the YRT's service cutbacks.Another crowd waiting for the 502 Zum (Nobody got on or off a VIVA Orange that passed though during the wait I don't thnk!). I must note that I headed south earlier to York U to catch the 502A but as I was running for the bus at the Commons, it took off and the digital display said the next bus was not for 30-odd minutes and it was not even a 502A. Unpublished holiday schedule?
The reason I think Keele buses don't serve the terminal is because they're so close to the end of theI really wish the Keele bus would stop inside the bus terminal at Finch West. If the Finch Bus can do it, the Keele bus can as well.
Sheppard West isn't an extension station.Sheppard west station is easily still the busiest station on the extension.
It specifically is not a new station, but I consider it part of the extension (similarly to how I consider Sheppard-Yonge to be part of the Sheppard subway expansion) because it required major work to the site to build the subway.Sheppard West isn't an extension station.