Project Overview

Donlands Station will be getting a new second exit to improve customer safety and convenience. As part of its commitment to modernization, TTC developed a new process to involve local communities in determining second exit locations.

This process includes establishing local working groups to submit and assess potential locations using an evaluation framework that was developed by a panel of third party experts. A local working group was created for Donlands Station in early 2016. Members of the public were invited to a community meeting to learn about this new process, including how it has been successfully implemented for the first time at Chester Station.


July 18, 2017 - Preliminary design community open house

As part of the TTC’s commitment to safety and modernization, Donlands Station (Line 2 Bloor-Danforth) will be getting a second exit/entrance at 17/19 Dewhurst Boulevard.

You are invited to share your thoughts and suggestions for the future second exit/entrance building design.

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: St. David’s Anglican Church Basement, 49 Donlands Avenue (across from Donlands Station)

Can't attend? E-mail denise.jayawardene@ttc.ca to be added to the mailing list. Thank you.


 April 6, 2017 - Community Pre-Design Meeting

As part of the TTC’s commitment to safety and modernization, Donlands Station (on Line 2 Bloor Danforth) will be getting a second exit/entrance at 17/19 Dewhurst Boulevard to improve customer safety and convenience.

You are invited to meet the design team to share your thoughts and suggestions for the future second exit/ entrance building.

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: St. David’s Anglican Church Basement, 49 Donlands Avenue (across from Donlands Station)


February 21, 2017 - Update

The TTC Board has unanimously approved the Local Working Group’s recommended Second Exit location at 17/19 Dewhurst Boulevard. The second exit will also function as an entrance for the day-to-day convenience of the local community.

Please see the TTC Board Report from February 21, 2017.


Community Meeting was held on November 29, 2016

The Local Working Group (LWG) for Donlands Station, composed of local residents and representatives of area businesses and organizations, recommended that the Second Exit be located at 17 and 19 Dewhurst Boulevard, just south of Strathmore Boulevard. The TTC has consulted with the homeowners, who attended LWG meetings and support the recommendation.

The Community Meeting was held on:

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - presentation began at 7 p.m.
Location: St. David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Avenue


Local Working Group Meeting #7 (Final Rankings)

LWG Meeting #7 was held to discuss the group’s final rankings of their second exit location options. LWG Meeting #7 was held on:

Date: Tuesday, Octoer 18, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: St. David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Avenue


June 16, 2016 - 9 Location Options (updated technical analysis)

The following nine locations were chosen by the Donlands Station Local Working Group for technical analysis. Details for all options can be found here PDF file. The evaluation process, scoring and ranking system, and the Local Working Group’s ranking of the options will be discussed at a community meeting after the working group completes its analysis. See below for details.

Option A - 14 Dewhurst Boulevard
Option B - 888 Danforth Avenue
Option C - 890 Danforth Avenue - TD Bank
Option D - 890 Danforth Avenue - TD Bank Parking Lot
Option E - 17/19 Dewhurst Boulevard
Option F - 1/3 Strathmore Boulevard – Garage (not feasible due to limited space)
Option G - 1/3 Strathmore Boulevard
Option H - 53 Donlands Avenue
Option I - 53 Donlands Avenue – Parking Lot


Local Working Group Meeting #6

The TTC hosted LWG #6 on June 28, 2016. TTC hosted the meeting to discuss the LWG’s questions in preparation for the final rankings.

LWG Meeting #6 was held on:

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: St. David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Avenue

The Local Working Group will reconvene in October 2016 to finalize their rankings.

In order to complete their final rankings, the LWG requested that the TTC provide more information for the following four items:

1. Request for a meeting with City Real Estate to discuss agreements/compensation related to easements/property requirements both during construction as well as any permanent easements for all affected neighbours/property owners on Strathmore (as referenced in slide 21 in the June 28 presentation).

A: This meeting will occur in August as agreed to by the LWG Strathmore neighbours.

2. Request for a meeting with City Real Estate and Strathmore neighbours adjacent to future construction for all west side options to also discuss (as referenced in Slide 22-44 in the June 28th presentation): How property deemed “surplus” at the rear of 17/19 Dewhurst could be designated for use after construction. (A request was received by an LWG member to sell surplus land at market value for parking for neighbouring property owners).

A: Agreed, this meeting will be scheduled in August (same as #1). City to discuss the process for designating land deemed “surplus”. (TTC has already agreed to support a LWG/Community and City Councillor recommendation for any use of land deemed “surplus”. The full community would need a chance to comment on any formal LWG consensus recommendation at a public meeting (a public meeting is part of the process for the whole community to review the LWG’s eventual Second Exit location options).

3. Request for TTC to build as small a footprint as small possible at all locations with particular interest in 17/19 Dewhurst (referenced in Slide 22-44 in the June 28 presentation).

A: TTC has committed to build a second exit as small as possible while maintaining safe function.

4. Request for additional information regarding construction mitigation measures related to ensuring safe access for homes adjacent to construction(as referenced in Slide 25 in the June 28th presentation).This is also largely in regards to the LWG members’ proposed location at 17/19 Dewhurst.

A: TTC to follow-up with more information and commits to providing safe access. As noted on slide 25, staff are working on evaluating potential ways to provide additional pedestrian and parking accesses if possible (which do not exist today). This type of work (for any project) typically would not be done until a further stage of design, however the project team is committed to address the request for the Local Working Group.


Local Working Group Meeting #5

The TTC hosted LWG #5 on June 14, 2016. TTC hosted the meeting to discuss the LWG’s preliminary rankings.

LWG Meeting #6 was held on:

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: St. David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Avenue


Local Working Group Meeting #4

The TTC hosted LWG #4 on May 31, 2016. TTC provided more information for the location options based on feedback received from LWG members and the community (at the May 17th meeting).

LWG Meeting #4 was held on:

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: St. David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Avenue


Planning Update - May 25, 2016

Donlands Station Local Working Group and Local Community

  1. As discussed at the Local Working Group meeting on May 17, 2016, all of the second exit location options (except for “G” at 1 and 3 Strathmore) would allow the City to sell 1 and 3 Strathmore. Therefore every option (except 1 and 3 Strathmore) will receive a credit in “Cost”.
  2. Although the last Local Working Group for Chester Station suggested a range of costs rather than a specific number for all options, a specific cost number will be provided for all Donlands Station options.
  3. At the LWG meeting on May 31st, 2016, more information will be presented on construction impacts, including on similar projects locally, and effective mitigation measures that have been put in place. The safety of our neighbours, customers, employees and contractors is of course TTC’s priority. More explanation will be provided, so everyone can better understand the projected impact at Donlands for various options and see specific related examples on mitigation during construction. More specifically, questions were asked on May 17th, 2016 about the landscaping impact and amount of soil cover between any new TTC structure and front yards of local homes. Staff are working on providing specific information on this item (including projected measurements to help with the Local Working Group’s evaluations).
  4. In an effort to ensure construction impacts are not underestimated, TTC staff displayed the most impactful photos of heavy equipment and construction near Woodbine Station at the LWG meeting on May 17, 2016. That was important, but only provided part of the picture. The important part missing was mitigation efforts and coordination with our neighbours (residential, institutional or commercial), engineering and construction staff and contractors to reduce impacts, arrange safe access, monitor noise and vibration, and protect and restore any part of impacted properties to an attractive state with agreed-upon plans prior to construction. Therefore, TTC will give a short presentation on May 31st to discuss some experiences at nearby Danforth stations (Woodbine and Coxwell) and the efforts TTC has taken. Woodbine is undergoing both second exit and easier access elevator construction. Coxwell is still undergoing heavy construction specific to elevators. The impacts and mitigation measures are similar. There are some other projects directly adjacent to churches and businesses that are also relevant – particularly in relation to the two Donlands Avenue location options. For general reference, see the Woodbine Station Second Exit and Easier Access website.
  5. A discussion and explanation/clarification of best practise (not laws or regulatory requirements), regarding safety needs to occur at the May 31, 2016 meeting. We need to ensure there is an open discussion and explanation of how safety best practise is consistently applied to all of the location options. This requires more clarification and examination by all. As a reminder, the Ombudsman report that followed the previous process (that lacked effective consultation) back in 2010 is located here. A direct link to the Ombudsman Report.
  6. There have been requests from some LWG members to include additional location options for the LWG’s review and rankings.

The request was put forward because:

  • Option “F” (garage at 1 and 3 Strathmore) is not feasible and;
  • Options “H” and “I” on Donlands Avenue have construction impacts that were not confirmed or understood until the meeting and presentation on May 17. In fact, these options were put forward in large part to avoid construction impacts for local residents. (The proposed stairwell for these options will be discussed in more detail on May 31 as part of a larger safety discussion as it applies to all locations consistently).

Therefore, TTC staff would be pleased to add options the LWG had previously put forward but did not make their final vote of 9. The LWG will vote to determine if they would like to analyze 3 additional options that they had put forward previously.

Finally, of course this is a sensitive and important process. A major construction project in a residential community potentially near homes, a school, churches/daycare and/or small businesses is not taken lightly. Your time is highly valued, but the process cannot be rushed and as the group’s facilitator I will not allow it to be rushed. You must have the best information possible to make even preliminary evaluations. Therefore, to re-iterate the preliminary evaluations will be pushed until after a comprehensive discussion takes place on May 31st.


May 17, 2016 - 9 Location Options

The following nine locations were chosen by the Donlands Station Local Working Group for technical analysis. Details for all options can be found here PDF file . The evaluation process, scoring and ranking system, and the Local Working Group’s ranking of the options will be discussed at a community meeting after the working group completes its analysis. See below for details.

Option A - 14 Dewhurst Boulevard
Option B - 888 Danforth Avenue
Option C - 890 Danforth Avenue - TD Bank
Option D - 890 Danforth Avenue - TD Bank Parking Lot
Option E - 17/19 Dewhurst Boulevard
Option F - 1/3 Strathmore Boulevard – Garage
Option G - 1/3 Strathmore Boulevard
Option H - 53 Donlands Avenue
Option I - 53 Donlands Avenue – Parking Lot


Local Working Group Meeting #3

As part of the TTC’s commitment to safety and modernization, Donlands Station (on Line 2 Bloor-Danforth) will be getting a second exit/automatic entrance to improve customer safety and convenience. The TTC will be working with a group of local representatives to determine the location for a second subway exit/automatic entrance.

At the May 17, 2016 meeting, the Local Working Group (LWG) will review the technical analysis provided by the TTC and evaluate and rank location options for a second exit/automatic entrance at Donlands Station, using a standard framework that was developed by the Expert Panel.

Meetings of the LWG are open to the community. Time will be reserved at the end of each meeting for a question and answer session.

LWG Meeting #3 will be held on:

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: St. David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Avenue


Local Working Group Meeting #2

The Local Working Group has proposed location options for a second exit. In total, the TTC received 30 second exit location proposals from the LWG and the local community. At the second meeting the LWG reviewed and discussed each option submitted and worked towards an agreement of up to nine final options to submit to TTC for technical analysis. TTC will need 8 to 12 weeks to review the constructability of each option and report back to the LWG on the projected order of magnitude (preliminary cost) and any property requirements for the LWG’s suggested locations. The LWG will then reconvene to complete their evaluations and rankings. All LWG meetings are open to the community.

LWG Meeting #2 was held on:

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: St. David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Avenue


Local Working Group Meeting #1 - Donlands Station Second Exit

The Expert Panel on Second Exits (an external group of planners, architects and construction experts who developed the new planning process) have selected 15 community representatives for the Local Working Group (LWG) for Donlands.  These volunteers will bring forward, and ultimately evaluate and rank location options for a second exit at Donlands Station, using a standard framework that was developed by the Expert Panel. 

Meetings of the LWG are open to the community to observe. Time is reserved at the end of each meeting for a question and answer session for everyone.

The meeting was held on:

Date: February 18, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: St. David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Avenue


TTC sought members of the public for a Local Working Group to help determine a Second Subway Exit for Donlands Station

The TTC invited applications for 10-15 Toronto residents representing as many of the below groups as possible to be part of the local working group for Donlands Station:

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

Those interested in helping shape the future of transit in the Donlands community provided a brief written submission on why they wanted to be part of the local working group for Donlands Station, and which category of the above they belonged to, if any.

There is an expectation that some work will be done by local working group members in between meetings.

Applications were reviewed by the members of the Expert Advisory Panel on Second Exits, who made the final decision about membership on the local working group. TTC staff were not involved with the selection process.

Download a copy of the LWG application.PDF file 

After receiving applications, 15 community representatives were selected by the Expert Panel.


Community Meeting on December 2, 2015

Donlands Station will be getting a second exit to improve customer safety and convenience. As part of its commitment to modernization, TTC has developed a new process to involve local communities in determining second exit locations.

This process includes establishing local working groups to submit and assess potential locations using an evaluation framework that was developed by a panel of third party experts. A local working group was created for Donlands Station in early 2016. Members of the public were invited to a community meeting to learn about this new process, including how it has been successfully implemented for the first time at Chester Station.

The first community consultation under the new planning process for a second exit at Donlands Station was held on:

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: St. David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Avenue

  • Members of the public were invited to attend and speak with TTC staff about the project.

    Download the Open House Presentation. PDF file

    Download a presentation on Second Exit location planning. PDF file

    Download the Meeting Consultation Report. PDF file


    Find more out about the New Second Exit Planning and Consultation Process. Chester Station was the first to be planned under the new process. A report to the TTC Board was made in September, 2015. Find out more about the planning for Chester Station, including the September, 2015 TTC Board report.

    Contact information

    Please get in touch if you have any questions:

    Denise Jayawardene, Senior Community Liaison
    Toronto Transit Commission
    416-393-6937
    Denise.jayawardene@ttc.ca

    Background Information