Bloor West Villager
Commuters waiting for the subway at Dufferin station recently, would have noticed glimpses of coloured tiles on the platform, which are slowly being unveiled.
The coloured tiles comprise a public art component of the redevelopment that is being integrated into the finishes on the walls at the station, explained community liaison officer Devin Horne.
Work is well underway on Dufferin Station’s modernization project, which began in 2010. Part of the original stations first built when the Bloor-Danforth subway was constructed in 1966, Dufferin has not been significantly updated since, said Horne.
“Dufferin station is one of the busiest stations in the system,” he pointed out. “The (Dufferin 29) bus is one of the top five busiest routes in the city.”
Updates to ensure “maintainability” and “passenger convenience” at Dufferin station are key components to its modernization, according to the TTC.
The structure of a second exit at Russett Avenue is mostly completed. Its interior has yet to be finished. The TTC is forecasting an official opening in the spring, said Horne. The entire construction project is slated for completion in the summer of 2014.
“The challenge is doing this type of work at a station that’s maintaining its operations,” said Horne. “This is a really complicated project, lots of utilities need to be moved.”
Public open houses and consultation with the community took place before the project commenced, particularly with the two Business Improvement Areas (BIA) affected, the Bloorcourt and Bloordale BIAs.
“It’s going to look awesome,” Michael Veira said, constituency assistant to Davenport Councillor Ana Bailao. “We’re very excited about it. We’ve worked with the TTC and the Bloordale BIA to make it more pedestrian-friendly.”
Once the project is complete, Dufferin station will be fully accessible and its appearance enhanced. Commuters will be able to navigate the station with much more ease and comfort due to, in part, improved weather protection and an expanded waiting area. There will be additional bicycle parking as well. There will be new sidewalk canopies on both sides of Dufferin street, a new second exit from platform level onto Russett Avenue as well as new elevators from street to platform via the main entrance.
If you would like further details, contact Bailao’s office at 416-392-7012.