5 TTC subway stations getting major upgrades in 2016
The TTC is slowly plugging away at improving its subway stations. In recent memory we've witnessed major upgrades to Dufferin, St. Andrew, and Pape stations, but there are plenty more in the works as we head into 2016. Many of these upgrades are organized around the goal of improving accessibility, but have numerous fringe benefits in the form of station modernization and improved aesthetics.
Here are 5 TTC stations getting major upgrades in 2016.
Slated to be done at the very end of this year, which means probably in early 2016, the TTC's nastiest-looking plastic slats will be tossed in favour of minimalist metal panels that resemble the original Vitrolite tile at this 1960s era subway station. Improvements here will be mostly cosmetic (though new arrival time screens are also in the works), but they're much needed anyway.
Construction has been underway at Wellesley for a while now to build a second exit/automatic entrance to the north at Dundonald St. in the base of a new condo. That might not be wildly exciting for those who don't use the station on a regular basis, but with the addition comes a new public art initiative that should breathe new life into the space. The estimated completion date is January 2017.
Taking a bus out of Ossington Station has been a complete mess for the last few months, but the surface platform construction has finally come to an end. The renovations will, however continue as the TTC works to make the station fully accessible by the beginning of 2017. That means two elevators are coming to Ossington over the next year.
Woodbine is also getting a second exit (like Wellesley), but in addition to this new feature, the TTC will take the opportunity to do much needed upgrades to the station finishes. New lighting, signage, and landscaping to the community garden outside the station are scheduled to be installed by summer 2017.
What might be Toronto's nicest subway station is getting a major accessibility upgrade that will see a street-level elevator installed at the southwest corner of Spadina and Dupont. This is most noteworthy for the fact that it will bear the same glass dome design that's featured at the north and south entrances of the station. In addition to this infrastructure, there will be improved signage and new fare gates.
Photo by Vik Pahwa in the blogTO Flickr pool.
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