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Early work starts at Chester Station for "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.

Contractors delivered generators to the area in front of the main entrance on Chester Avenue Wednesday, July 19. The generators will be on site until crews complete this early phase of the project Sunday, September 10. These particular generators are the quietest model available.

To gain access to the transformers in the station, Toronto Hydro crews, trucks and equipment are on site on Tuesday, July 25, Tuesday, August 8, and from Tuesday, August 22 until Thursday, August 31. The crews are temporarily blocking the walkway beside the station those days.

Hydro mostly works from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, although they may work longer some days to complete the work as quickly as possible.

TTC contractors are accessing an underground work area generally from 2 until 5 a.m. daily. For safety, they’ll set up and remove the access area overnight through the main entrance doors of the station.

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