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TTC asks: "What shall we do with a problem like Pape Station?"



PapeStation_V-05-200.jpgIf you travel through, live or work near Pape Station (as we do), you can’t help but notice that the TTC’s been doing some work there. In fact, TTC has been modernizing and expanding the station buildings, bus terminal and subway platforms since September, 2009.

Throughout the project, the TTC says its goal has been to improve service to passengers by:

  • improving accessibility such as elevators, accessible fare gates and automatic sliding doors;
  • upgrading lighting, station finishes and landscaping, public art and the bicycle parking area;
  • expanding the station building and bus waiting area; and
  • building a second exit for convenience and safety.

Under the current construction schedule, the work continues over several months while the station remains fully operational. To speed things up though, TTC staff are considering temporarily closing the station this spring, either over several weekends or for 12 days straight, ending the project sooner.

The TTC says that this temporary shutdown would enable its contractors to finish construction within the station by September. Continuing to work while the station remains open would mean construction of the main station wouldn’t finish until December. In either case, the second exit, a block away from the main station building at the east end of Lipton Avenue, will be finished by the end of 2013.

Since all options have impact on passengers and the local community, the TTC’s asking for your input. Here are the options:

  1. Close the station for six consecutive weekends;
  2. Close the station for 12 days straight; or
  3. Don’t close the station (continue with current schedule).

In the event that the TTC closes the station, trains operating along the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line will not stop at Pape Station. The TTC will provide shuttle bus service and will reroute regular buses to neighbouring stations.

What do you think? You can have your say by completing the on-line survey, here

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