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TTC opens second exit at Chester Station, April 23


^ Second exit / entrance at Chester Station. Image: TTC

The TTC has finished the secondary secondary exit / entrance for Chester Station. Passengers can access the subway platform from the new building, starting Friday, April 23. The second exit / entrance building is on Chester Avenue across from the main entrance and features two PRESTO-enabled fare gates.

Crews have also built:

  • new staircases to connect the second exit / entrance to the east- and westbound platforms.


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

As part of the upgrade, the TTC has also installed ceramic and glass mosaics beside the elevators and above the main entrance door. The art is Katharine Harvey’s Florae, a piece inspired by the native plants and flowers that define the east-end neighbourhoods surrounding the station, including milkweed, verbena, trout lily, blue flag iris, sugar maple, eastern cottonwood, butternut tree, yellow coltsfoot flower and red skunk cabbage. Shifting and cascading hues depict the florae in changing seasons. Mosaika studio of Montreal has translated her design into double-exposed ceramic and glass mosaics.


^ Image: TTC / Katharine Harvey.


^ Image: TTC / Katharine Harvey.


^ Image: TTC / Katharine Harvey.

Crews continue some remaining project-related activities at the station.

The TTC opened the new elevators at Chester Station, as part of its “Easier Access” program ahead of schedule Wednesday, September 2, 2020. That day, Chester became the TTC’s 48th accessible subway station. Two new elevators connecting the street to the subway platform levels are available to passengers from the main station entrance.

With the Easier Access program, the TTC is installing elevators in rapid-transit 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.

The TTC is also building second exits in stations without one to improve the safety of passengers during an emergency.


Cross-section of the elevators at Chester Station. Image, TTC

At Chester Station, TTC contractors were building the elevators and a second exit / entrance at the same time. They started “Easier Access” construction Monday, August 20, 2018. They started the second exit / entrance project Friday, September 21, 2018.