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TTC opens elevator at Chester Station, September 2



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


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Cross-section of the elevators at Chester Station.

Today, Wednesday, September 2, the TTC opened the new elevators at Chester Station for passengers to use ahead of schedule. Chester Station is the 48th accessible station on the TTC system.


Contractors continue working on the project to build a second exit / entrance at the station. The TTC expects to open the new station entrance / exit in 2021:

Crews are building:

  • new staircases to connect the second exit / entrance to the east- and westbound platforms, including waterproofing and installing rebar and forms for the roof slab, walls and stairs; and
  • the second-exit structure foundations.

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Rendering of the future second exit / entrance for Chester Station in the parking lot at 49 Chester Avenue.


The TTC has closed the walkway north of the station so that crews can safely work. It’s rerouted the walkway through the south end of the Toronto Parking Authority lot. The temporary walkway will be in place until “the end of the year” or until December 31.


Through the “Easier Access” program, the TTC is installing 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 contractors are building an elevator and a second exit at the same time. They started “Easier Access” construction Monday, August 20, 2018. They started the second exit / entrance project Friday, September 21, 2018.