Stations and Facilities

Goal Objectives
Goal Ensure all TTC construction projects incorporate accessibility best practices. Objectives
  • Review TTC design standards in 2014 and implement changes to incorporate new legislative requirements.

Please refer to the latest Easier Access schedule here.

The TTC reviews all of its customer-facing construction projects at several design milestones to ensure that accessibility barriers are removed, where possible, and to ensure that no new accessibility barriers are created. All TTC projects are designed to meet internal TTC design standards, which incorporate accessibility requirements and go beyond the minimum requirements of the Ontario Building Code (OBC) and the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR).

New OBC accessibility requirements will begin to apply to new TTC facilities for projects starting in 2015. New accessible exterior public space requirements under the IASR will also apply to the TTC starting in 2016. In general, these IASR requirements apply during any new construction or redevelopment of exterior spaces in areas that are not currently covered by the OBC. TTC-related examples include exterior pedestrian paths at transit stations, curb ramps, rest areas for pedestrians, and parking lots. 

In 2014, TTC will continue to review and update internal TTC design standards, as appropriate, to incorporate IASR requirements, and emerging accessibility best practices.

Elevators and Barrier-Free Paths

Goal Objectives
Goal Create barrier-free paths of travel in subway stations. Objectives
  • Complete accessibility retrofits at Dufferin and Lawrence West stations in 2014.
  • Complete accessibility retrofits at nine additional stations by 2018.

The TTC Easier Access program provides elevators, accessible fare gates, automatic sliding doors, and other accessibility improvements at transit stations. Over the next five years, the TTC aims to make 11 stations accessible. In 2014, elevators and other accessibility improvements will be completed and operational at Dufferin and Lawrence West Stations, and construction to install elevators will start at Woodbine, Coxwell, Ossington, and St. Clair West Stations. 

The design and construction schedule for Easier Access improvements is based on station priority rankings which were developed in consultation with ACAT, taking into account ridership, geographic location, connecting surface routes, density of seniors and people with disabilities in an area, Wheel-Trans registrant travel patterns, and other criteria.

The total estimated cost to make all 32 remaining subway stations accessible is $480 million. The 2014-2023 TTC Capital Budget, approved by City Council on January 27 and 28, reflects a $240 million reduction in the Easier Access program. As a result of this reduction, funding was not available in 2014 for construction of the last 17 stations on the design and construction schedule.

Note: as of 2016, full funding was restored to the “Easier Access” accessibility retrofit program in the 2016-2025 Capital Budget. This means that accessibility improvements are now funded for all subway stations. However, Easier Access work at Islington and Warden Stations is contingent on budget approval of station re-development work, which is not yet funded. Refer to the 2016 Accessibility Plan Status Report for more information.

Refer to the latest Easier Access schedule here.

Review the original schedule as published in the 2014 - 2018 TTC Multi-Year Accessibility Plan.

New Station Entrances

Goal Objectives
Goal Create new accessible entrances at subway stations. Objectives
  • Open a new accessible entrance at Queen’s Park Station in 2014.
  • Open a new accessible entrance at Sheppard-Yonge Station in 2014.
  • Work with property developers to create new accessible entrances to stations, where opportunities arise.

In addition to Easier Access upgrades, TTC also works with developers, who are building adjacent to TTC properties, to construct new subway entrances through entrance connection agreements. In 2014, a new accessible entrance will open at Sheppard-Yonge Station, connecting the office, retail and condo development directly to the Line 4 (Sheppard) platform. A new accessible entrance will also open at Queen’s Park Station in 2014. Wherever possible, TTC will continue to pursue opportunities to create new accessible entrances to subway stations through adjacent developments.

Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE)

Goal Objectives
Goal TYSSE is 100% accessible on opening day. Objectives
  • ACAT to review TYSSE construction prior to project completion, to ensure all required accessibility features have been implemented as designed.

The 8.6 kilometre long Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) is expected to open for service by the end of 2017. (Please note that this section has been updated in April 2015 with the most current information.)

Figure 6: Toronto York Subway Spadina Extension

Map of six new accessible stations that will be added to the subway system; Starting from the north and going south: Vaughn Metropolitan Centre, Highway 407, Pioneer Village, York University, Finch West, Downsview Park, Sheppard West.

Figure 6 shows the six new accessible stations that will be added to the subway system when the project is completed. All the stations will be constructed to TTC accessibility standards with elevators, escalators, accessible doors, accessible fare equipment, visual and audible messaging systems, tactile paths and platform edge tiles, high levels of lighting, etc. The new commuter parking lots will have designated accessible parking spaces for people with disabilities.

ACAT reviewed the stations at critical points in the design process and provided advice to ensure that these stations are as accessible as possible. ACAT will also review all stations once construction has been completed to ensure that accessibility features have been incorporated into the stations, as designed.

Metrolinx Rapid Transit Lines

Goal Objectives
Goal Accessible, seamless connections between Metrolinx rapid transit lines and TTC services. Objectives
  • Collaborate with Metrolinx to ensure all major transfer points between rapid transit lines and TTC services are accessible.

Metrolinx has approved several new light rail lines for construction in the City of Toronto. As part of the TTC-Metrolinx agreement, TTC will collaborate with Metrolinx to ensure that all major transfer points between the rapid transit lines and TTC services, including subway interchanges and bus terminals, are accessible and provide a seamless customer experience.

Elevator and Escalator Reliability

Goal Objectives
Goal Continue to improve the availability and reliability of escalators and elevators. Objectives
  • Rebuild 5 elevators to improve reliability by 2015.
  • Replace 5 escalators to improve reliability by 2018.
  • Implement escalator and elevator real-time monitoring system in mid-2016.

The TTC will continue rebuilding its escalators and elevators to improve reliability. By 2015, TTC plans to comprehensively overhaul five of its elevators at Finch, Bathurst, Dundas West, and Kennedy Stations, as a continuation of a previous project that overhauled eight elevators in 2009-14.

By 2018, five escalators at King, Spadina, and Broadview Stations will be replaced. This will result in more reliable escalator service at these stations.

TTC is also implementing an escalator and elevator real-time monitoring system (RTMS). Currently, staff must report elevator and escalator outages to the Transit Control Centre upon learning of them firsthand or from customer reports, meaning it could be several hours between the outage occurring and when Transit Control is notified. RTMS will allow Transit Control to be automatically notified immediately whenever an escalator or elevator goes out of service and for mechanics to be dispatched accordingly, improving response times and customer service. The RTMS project is anticipated to be completed by mid-2016. 

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