In a fresh bid to spruce up the Red Rocket, the TTC has carpeted the roof of its Eglinton West station with an 835-square-metre garden.

The new strip of green offers transit users and motorists a more pastoral view at the Eglinton end of the Allen Expressway.

But mix of about eight flowering, drought-resistant plants called sedums — comes with some invisible benefits too, says TTC chair Adam Giambrone.

The green roof, the first of many planned for the transit system, will reduce stormwater runoff, improve air quality and extend the roof life of the station because the garden protects it from weathering.

Eglinton West was selected as the TTC’s first green roof because the station’s leaky old lid needed replacement.