This morning the Dufferin Station Modernization project reached a major milestone of opening two new Second Exits for public use.
The Second Exits are located one block west of Dufferin St on Russett Ave. They provide additional exits for TTC users directly from the subway platform to street level.
The eastbound second exit building is located on the north west corner of Bloor and Russett and the westbound second exit building is located on the east side of Russett, north of New Horizons Tower.
I closely monitored the TTC work at this location and will continue to provide oversight to ensure that impact on our community is not only mitigated throughout the construction period, but that we have opportunities to improve the work being done. I also saw an opportunity to facilitate dialogue between the TTC and the Bloordale BIA, to bring coordinated improvements to the Northwest Corner of Dufferin and Bloor. As a result, the TTC's work will complement our local BIA's streetscaping initiatives and create a better public space at this busy and important corner in our neighbourhood.
Once works is completed in 2014, the modernization project will result in:
- Full station accessibility
- Enhanced overall station appearance, including integrated artwork
- Improved passenger circulation and comfort, with improved weather protection and an expanded waiting area
- Faster exiting from the station
- Improved passenger safety
- Improved bicycle parking
Construction in the concourse has begun, with a new retail area ready and construction of a new collector booth forecasted for completion by winter 2013. Work in the concourse is expected to continue until the end of 2013.
The TTC is aware that, as with any big construction project, the surrounding neighbourhood is affected and your patience is greatly appreciated during this important transit improvement.
The Dufferin Station Modernization project is targeted to be complete in summer, 2014.