Photo of the new main entrance

Dufferin Station is now accessible and has been modernized with many new features. 

About Dufferin Station

Dufferin Station opened its doors in 1966 as part of the brand new Bloor-Danforth Subway line. Only those stations west of Keele and east of Woodbine would open later (1968). Over 25,000 people use the subway platforms at Dufferin Station each day. The Dufferin 29 bus route is the fifth busiest bus route in the system.

New Station Features

A cross-section rendering of the new station, showing new features on all the levels.

  1. Public Art
  2. Expanded station building and indoor waiting area
  3. Automatic sliding doors
  4. Accessible fare gate
  5. New staircase
  6. Elevators for easier access
  7. New wall, ceiling, floor and stair finishes
  8. Natural light
  9. Bicycle parking

A birds-eye rendering of the station highlighting the new features

  1. Street level elevator for easier access
  2. Two second exits for safety and convenience
  3. New entrances
  4. Canopies over sidewalks on both sides of Dufferin Street
  5. Cool roof for heat reflection
  6. Green roof
  7. Landscaped walkway
  8. Bicycle parking areas with landscaping

How are we improving Dufferin Station?

When the work is finished, Dufferin Station users will find a barrier-free path to all levels of the station including:

  • Elevators to access the station concourse and eastbound and westbound platforms
  • One accessible fare gate
  • Automatic sliding doors at station entrances
  • Improved way finding signage
  • All of the modifications were reviewed by the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit.

Some other upgrades customers can look forward to:

  • Two second exits from platform to street level;
  • New wall, ceiling and stair finishes and refurbished floors;
  • Expanded station building with additional entrances, increased waiting area and new stairs from street level to concourse;
  • Canopies over sidewalks on both sides of Dufferin Street;
  • Expanded northbound bus bay and dedicated bus stop lanes;
  • New fare line and collector booth;
  • New light fixtures;
  • Security upgrades;
  • Updated signage;
  • New landscaping and bicycle parking at expanded station building;
  • “Green” initiatives such as a cool roof, LED lighting and reduced storm water run off.

Second Exits Now Open at Dufferin Station

On August 28th, 2013 two second exit buildings opened at Dufferin Station. This upgrade provides added passenger safety and convenience with additional exits from the subway platforms to street level. The second exit building from the eastbound subway platform is located on the northwest corner of Russett Avenue and Bloor Street West.  The second exit building from the westbound subway platform is located on the east side of Russett Avenue, just north of Bloor Street West.

Photo of the new second exit building on the east side of Russett Ave.

Photo of the new second exit building on the northwest corner of Russett Ave and Bloor.

Public Art

Design firm spmb - led by Eduardo Aquino and Karen Shanski - incorporated feature art wall and memorial pixel design into the wall finishes of the station to create images inspired by the local community. The Art Design Review Committee for Dufferin Station held a public art competition and selected this group’s concept, titled “Something Happens Here”. The artists describe it as made of a collection of images of the human experiences, environments, and urbanscapes from the neighbourhood, bringing a sense of place to the interior of the station and creating a distinctive experience for TTC customers. There are two different segments:

Feature Art Walls

Photographs taken in the Dufferin and Bloor area have been translated into largely pixelated abstract representations. There will be 31 “feature art walls” throughout the station – on the platform, concourse and street levels.

Memorial Pixels

Over 100 “memorial pixels” – images and text engraved in metal – will be interspersed throughout the ceramic glazed brick pattern. The images consist of local logos, icons and historical references. The text derives from poems, interviews and other writings about the experiences of the local community.

How will this work affect you?

To make it easier for our customers, TTC is combining the Easier Access, Second Exit and Station Modernization work into one project.

We know that with any big construction project, the surrounding neighbourhood is affected. We know it won’t always be easy, but we are committed to making sure that everyone can access public transit. And we are taking steps to make sure that people who live in and travel through the neighbourhood will feel the effects of construction as little and for a short a time as possible.

What can you expect during construction?

  • Expect Dufferin Station to remain operational during construction.
  • Expect the work to be organized and done in stages to reduce disruption to the community.
  • Expect TTC to comply with City noise by-laws and provide advance notice to the community if night work is necessary.
  • Expect to hear from us - TTC is committed to communicating with you early and often.
  • Expect our Community Liaison to be available to talk to you and answer your questions.

Download the PDF brochure for this project (2.5 MBPDF)

For additional information, contact:

Devin Horne
Community Liaison