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Overnight hydro work at Chester Station supports "Easier Access", second-exit projects

Update — Thursday, April 22, 2021, 6:15 p.m.*: The TTC opens the second exit at Chester Station Friday, April 23.

Update — Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 10:46 p.m.: The TTC opened the elevators at Chester Station to passengers today.

The TTC is continuing its “Easier Access” program to install elevators in its subway stations, making the subway system accessible for everyone. The program supports the Government of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The provincial legislation commits the TTC to achieving a barrier-free transit system by 2025.

It’s also building second exits from stations with just one exit to increase passenger safety during emergencies.

At Chester Station, TTC crews and contractors are working on both projects at the same time to decrease the project timelines and disrupting the neighbourhood.

To prepare for upcoming work on the projects, the TTC is equipping Chester Station with a new switchboard system. An electric switchboard is a device that directs electricity from one or more sources of supply to several smaller regions of usage. It is an assembly of one or more panels, each of which contains switches that allow users to redirect electricity.

To support this device, from 2 until 5 a.m. Friday, May 5, Toronto Hydro crews will be on site to upgrade the power supply. The work may temporarily disrupt the power supply to nearby residences and businesses. Contact Toronto Hydro’s outage line at 416-542-8000 if the outage continues after 5 a.m.

Crews deliver and remove materials to set up and dismantle the safe work zone through the main doors of the station. Also, expect to hear noise from reversing construction vehicles with back-up alarms for safety.