As part of the TTC’s commitment to safety and modernization, Chester Station (on Line 2 Bloor-Danforth) will be getting a second exit/automatic entrance to improve customer safety and convenience. The TTC Board unanimously approved the Local Working Group’s recommended Second Exit location in the northwest corner of the Toronto Parking Authority lot (29 Chester Avenue).

The TTC’s Easier Access Program makes stations accessible with the addition of new elevators (at the main entrance). To minimize the duration of overall construction, TTC will build the Chester Station Easier Access project at the same time as the Second Exit project. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in 2018.

Image of the second exit to be built in the northwest corner of the Toronto Parking Authority lot (29 Chester Avenue):

Cross section image of the elevators to be built at the main station:

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September 20, 2019 - Second exit/entrance construction

Work description and purpose

Starting as early as September 21, the west side of the Toronto Parking Authority Lot – No. 87 will be closed. This is to facilitate the construction of the second exit/entrance for Chester Station and the associated utility relocation work. The east side of the parking lot will be accessible from Arundel Avenue.

What to expect

  • Utility relocation work will start as early as Monday September 24. The work is expected to take 3-4 weeks to complete, pending site conditions.
  • Following the utility relocation work, large equipment and materials will be delivered to the site in preparation of the start of construction of the second exit/entrance. Work activities will include excavation, shoring and concrete pouring.
  • Noise and vibration associated with construction can be expected with this work. The contractor will work to keep both to a minimum.
  • Work activities related to the Easier Access construction behind Chester Station will continue.

    Work hours

    • Work hours are scheduled Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be required at times.
    • Some delivery of equipment and materials may take place after 7 p.m.
    • Due to work zone constraints and safety considerations, a noise bylaw exemption for this project has been granted by the City of Toronto to the contractor. The contractor is committed to working with the TTC to limit late and early morning work wherever possible.

      August 10, 2018 - Elevator construction to begin

      Work description and purpose

      Starting as early as August 20, construction of the Easier Access elevators at Chester Station will begin. Two new elevators will be constructed on the west side of the main station. Utility work within TPA lot 87 will also take place.

      What to expect and work hours

      • Activities will include the excavation, shoring and concrete pouring of the two elevator shafts.
      • Noise and vibration associated with construction can be expected with this work. The contractor will work to keep both to a minimum.
      • A work zone will be set up in the Toronto Parking Authority Lot - No.87 as early as August 15 to carry out utility work. Access to the laneway will not be possible from the parking lot, but it will remain accessible from Ainsworth Road to the north. The laneway south of the parking lot will remain accessible from the south entrance.
      • Delivery of large equipment and materials to the site will take place as early as August 15.
      • Work hours are scheduled Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be required at times. Some delivery of equipment and materials will take place after 7 p.m.

      Pedestrian, Cycling and Vehicular Access

      • Access to the main entrance of Chester Station will be maintained during construction.
      • The pedestrian walkway north of the station will remain accessible as long as safely possible during construction.
      • The Bike Share station north of the station will remain accessible as long as safely possible during construction.
      • Vehicular traffic will be maintained on Chester Avenue.
      • Two-way traffic on Arundel Avenue will be permitted up to the parking lot entrance only.

      Thank you for your patience as we work to improve transit accessibility and safety at Chester Station.

      For more information, please contact:

      Niki Angelis, Community Liaison
      416-981-1532
      niki.angelis@ttc.ca


      June 5, 2018 - Chester Station Second Exit and Easier Access Projects Open House

      The TTC held an open house to discuss the construction plans with the community.

      Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
      Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. − open house
      Location: Eastminster United Church - 310 Danforth Avenue

      Please see the Open House Presentation This PDF will open in a separate window.


      Community Meeting was held on June 1, 2016

      As part of the TTC’s commitment to safety and modernization, we will be building a second exit to improve customer safety and convenience at Chester Station (on Line 2 Bloor-Danforth).

      The second exit can also be used as an automatic entrance.

      The Local Working Group’s location for a second exit at Chester Station, approved by the TTC Board, is in the northwest corner of the Toronto Parking Authority lot (29 Chester Avenue).

      The TTC presented the architectural design concept at the open house and attendees were invited to speak with the architects and technical staff.

      Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
      Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. − open house
      Location: Jackman Avenue Public School - 79 Jackman Avenue

      View the presentation from the community meeting on June 1, 2016. This PDF will open in a separate window.

      View the meeting summary report from June 1, 2016. This PDF will open in a separate window.


      September 28, 2015 - Chester Station Second Exit  – TTC Board Report

      Please review the TTC Board report confirming the Local Working Group’s recommended location in the northwest corner of the Toronto Parking Authority lot (29 Chester Avenue) for a second exit at Chester Station.

      Planning and Consultation Process for Second Exits – Chester Station Update (For Action) This PDF will open in a separate window.

      The second exit will be constructed at the same time that TTC installs new elevators at the station. This approach will reduce the overall duration of construction in the community.


      December 2, 2014 - Chester Station Community Meeting and 2015 Update

      On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the TTC held a meeting at Jackman Avenue Public School to update the community about the planning and consultation process for selecting a location for a second exit to be built at Chester Station. Second exits are built for customer safety and convenience.

      In 2014, volunteer residents and business representatives from the surrounding neighbourhood formed a local working group. Since that time, the local working group identified potential second exit locations and met several times throughout the fall of 2014 to evaluate these options using an evaluation framework developed by an independent panel of experts. This work has resulted in the ranking of several locations and a recommendation for where the new second exit should be built.

      The location ranked highest by the local working group is at 29 Chester Avenue, located at the west end of the “Green P” parking lot, opposite the main entrance at Chester Station. At the community meeting, the top 7 options (see below) were presented and discussed, and those present were able to ask questions of staff and the local working group.

      The next step in the process is for a report to go to the TTC Board in 2015, outlining the process and the recommended location from the local working group. 

      View the presentation from the community meeting, including detailed maps of the top 7 options. 


      November 24, 2014 - Top Seven Location Options

      The following seven locations were ranked highest by the Chester Station local working group. Details for all options can be found here. The evaluation process, scoring and ranking system, and the preferred options will be discussed at the community meeting on December 2. See below for details.

      Highest Ranked: Option A

      29 Chester Avenue
      West end of “Green P” parking lot, opposite main entrance to Chester Station

      2nd highest: Option B

      14 Arundel Avenue
      East end of “Green P” parking lot

      3rd highest: Option C

      348 Danforth Avenue
      Carrot Common parking lot

      4th: Option D

      15 Arundel Avenue
      Logan Avenue Parkette

      5th: Option E

      410/410A/412/412A Danforth Avenue
      Commercial property

      6th: Option F

      22 Chester Avenue
      Parking lot

      7th: Option G

      3 Chester Avenue
      Commercial property


      November 4, 2014 - Local Working Group Update

      The next meeting of the local working group is:
      Date: November 11, 2014
      Time: 6:30 p.m.
      Location: Jackman Avenue Public School - Gymnasium, 79 Jackman Avenue


      October 24, 2014 - Local Working Group Update

      The next meeting of the local working group is:
      Date: October 28, 2014
      Time: 5:30 p.m.*
      Location: Jackman Avenue Public School - Gymnasium, 79 Jackman Avenue

      *please note the change in start time.


      October 1, 2014 – Update – Second Exit Evaluation Process

      The Chester Station local working group met last night and reviewed the technical information needed for them to complete the evaluation framework.

      This package This PDF will open in a separate window. of materials shows all 15 options chosen by the local working group along with engineering, construction, cost and other relevant information.

      The following is a reproduction of the working document that members of the local working group will use to evaluate the options.
      Evaluation Matrix blank sheet PDF This PDF will open in a separate window.   

      The next meeting of the local working group is:
      Date: October 7, 2014
      Time: 6:30 p.m.
      Location: East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. (Mortimer and Coxwell)


      September 5, 2014 – Update – Second Exit Evaluation Process

      TTC staff have compiled the technical information needed for the LWG to complete the evaluation framework. A local working group meeting will be held on September 30, 2014 to present the information and to work through the next steps in completing the evaluation framework.

      Meetings are open to the public, please join us:

      Date: September 30, 2014
      Time: 6:30 p.m.
      Location: Jackman Avenue Public School - Gymnasium, 79 Jackman Avenue


      May 22, 2014 – Proposed sites for evaluation

      View the map options This PDF will open in a separate window. that have been selected by members of the local working group (LWG) for evaluation as potential surface locations for a second exit at Chester Station. The sites will be evaluated by the LWG using the evaluation framework This PDF will open in a separate window. that was developed by the Expert Panel on Second Exits.

      The LWG will reconvene in September, after TTC staff do the work necessary to provide the group with the technical information required to complete the evaluation and arrive at a recommended site for a second exit for Chester Station.

      All LWG meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be held on September 9, 2014.


      May 20, 2014 – NO Local Working Group Meeting tonight

      Please note that there is NO local working group meeting tonight. The next meeting of the local working group will take place September 9, 2014. For more information, please contact susan.sperling@ttc.ca. Thank you.


      May 14, 2014 – Local Working Group Update

      On May 13, the TTC hosted the second meeting with the local working group for Chester Station. Both the local working group and members of the public attended. The location options submitted for evaluation by members of the local working group were presented and discussed. The local working group will reconvene in September and begin the evaluation process for all options. The next meeting of the local working group will be held September 9, and will be open to the public.

      Check back here for a list of the options selected for evaluation.


      April 28, 2014 - Local Working Group Update

      On April 22, the TTC hosted the first meeting with the Local Working Group for Chester Station, whose members had been selected by the Expert Panel on Second Exits. Members were provided information about the history, process and evaluation framework.

      Next meeting of the Local Working Group

      The group will now propose locations for evaluation and will proceed with evaluating all proposed location options. The meeting is open to the public. Meeting materials along with documented meeting minutes will be made available if you are unable to attend.

      Event Details
      Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
      Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Location: Jackman Avenue Public School - Gymnasium, 79 Jackman Avenue

      Community Meeting

      On April 9, 2014, residents in the Chester community joined TTC staff and members of the Expert Panel on Second Exits to find out about the planning and evaluation process for a second exit at Chester Station. Read the report from that meeting This PDF will open in a new window.  | Review the Meeting Presentation This PDF will open in a new window.


      April 2014 - Chester Station Local Working Group

      TTC is seeking members of the public for local working group in Chester community

      Chester Station is getting a second exit to improve customer safety and convenience. As part of the new Second Exit Planning and Consultation Program, the TTC is establishing local working groups to identify and assess potential locations using an evaluation framework that was developed by a panel of third party experts. A local working group is being convened for Chester Station this spring. Chester is the first station to undergo the process using this new evaluation framework.

      TTC is seeking 10-15 people to participate in this innovative process.

      Terms of reference

      The group’s mandate includes:

      • Suggesting location options for a second exit at street level of the station for which it has been convened;
      • Evaluating options using the evaluation framework developed by the Expert Advisory Panel on Second Exits;
      • Recommending the location that ranked highest according to the evaluation framework;
      • Presenting their recommendation to the Expert Advisory Panel on Second Exits to review for compliance with the evaluation framework, after which time the recommendation will be presented to the community for feedback.

      Who should apply

      TTC is looking for 10-15 Toronto residents representing as many of these groups as possible:

      • Residents living in the vicinity of Chester Station;
      • Business owners and/or landlords with business interests in the vicinity of Chester Station;
      • Workers employed in the vicinity of Chester Station;
      • TTC customers who frequently use Chester Station;
      • Representatives of community groups operating in the vicinity of Chester Station;
      • Representatives of agencies and/or institutions operating in the vicinity of Chester station;
      • Representatives of the local BIA.

      If you are interested in helping shape the future of transit in your community, please provide a brief written submission on why you want to be part of the local working group for Chester Station, and which category of the above you belong to, if any. Please submit your application to Susan Sperling by April 15, 2014.
      Applications will be reviewed by the members of the Expert Advisory Panel on Second Exits, who will make the final decision about membership on the local working group. Applicants will be notified by April 17, 2014.

      Please note that the first meeting of the local working group for Chester Station will be held during the evening of April 22, 2014. All local working group meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings.

      Please also note that there is an expectation that some work will be done by local working group members in between meetings.
      Find out more about the local working groups here.

      For more information, contact:

      Susan Sperling
      Manager, Corporate Communications
      416-393-7828
      Susan.sperling@ttc.ca


      March 2014: Chester Station Local Working Group

      Residents, business owners, employees, customers and other stakeholders in the Chester neighbourhood are invited to a community meeting to find out about the new second exit planning and consultation process and how it applies to their station and community.

      This process includes establishing local working groups to assess potential locations using an evaluation framework that was developed by a panel of third party experts. A local working group will be convened for Chester Station this spring. This will be the first station to undergo the process using this new evaluation framework.

      Join us at the meeting on April 9 to meet representatives of the third party expert panel and learn about the local working group for Chester Station. Come find out how you can apply to become a member and participate in selecting a second exit location in your community.

      Event Details
      Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
      Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Location: Jackman Avenue Public School, 79 Jackman Avenue

      If you can’t make it to the meeting, check back here to find out about joining your local working group.

      Download the Meeting Notice.

      December 2013: Evaluation Framework

         

      On November 19, 2013, the TTC held an Open House to present the draft Evaluation Framework developed by the Expert Panel on Second Exits.

      The Expert Advisory Panel on Second Exits revised the framework to reflect community feedback. The revised framework was presented to the TTC Board on December 19, 2013. Read the reportThis PDF will open in a new window., including the revised framework.