04/26/11 – By Jacob Gallo
One of Toronto’s busiest subway stations is getting a modern makeover.
Dufferin station, part of the Bloor-Danforth TTC subway line, in the middle of a $30-million, three-year modernization project.
The Toronto Transit Commission’s Station Modernization Program was launched in 2007, but the construction project was awarded by the Commission to Buttcon Ltd. in June 2010.
“The Station Modernization Program aims to upgrade and modernize both indoor and outdoor public spaces to provide station facilities that are in a state of good repair,” project manager Dagmar Wertheim says.
“I think a restoration of the station would be beneficial for sure” says Chris Tackaberry, a construction worker who commutes to the Dufferin St. station at Bloor St. everyday to get to work.
“Museum Station has statues,” says Nidhi Ravishankar, a University of Toronto student who passes by Dufferin everyday on her commute to school. “I know people await the chance to get off there any chance they get. I think it set an example for other stations to renovate.”
The station in the heart of the Bloordale Village area was chosen for upgrades because it has not been significantly upgraded since it was constructed in 1966.
“The scope of Dufferin station includes modernization, elevators and accessible fare lines, new second exit, and the provision of canopies on the east and west sides of Dufferin St.,” Wertheim says. “(It) will also include an integrated art component.”
There are currently 15 other projects going on at various subway stations. Pape and Dufferin stations are the first stations on the Bloor-Danforth Line getting a facelift under the Station Modernization Program. The modernization of other stations is currently not funded, Wertheim says.
With thousands of people taking the TTC everyday in-and-around and through the area by bus and subway, ongoing construction might making getting to and from the station a tad difficult.
“The community around the station is not affected. All properties and businesses are continuing to operate. The station remains fully operational during the construction,” Wertheim says. “The train service will continue uninterrupted.”
The TTC held public meetings Oct. 22, 2008, May 11, 2009 and June 28, 2010, prior to the project’s inception to consult the public about the repairs. The Bloordale community has been “receptive and supportive of the project,” Wertheim says.
“It’s busy, so if they don’t do anything it will get worse,” said Tackaberry. “Plus, it will look nicer, too.”
The project is expected to be complete in 2014.
For more information about the project, visit <http://www3.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Construction/Dufferin_Station_Modernization.jsp>