Commuters walking by bike stand located near entrance of Chester Station on a sunny day
Second Exit/Easier Access

Chester Station

Project overview

Station Improvements

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. 

Project gallery

  1. The second exit to be built in the northwest corner of the Toronto Parking Authority lot (29 Chester Avenue).
  2. Cross section image of the elevators to be built at the main station.

Project Updates

  • Community Meeting

    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.

    View the meeting summary report from June 1, 2016.

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

    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)

  • 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

  • Proposed sites for evaluation

    View the map options 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 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.

  • Meeting cancellation

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Evaluation framework presentation


    • Review the draft Evaluation Framework.
    • A questionnaire was distributed at the meeting and posted on the website to enable people to provide feedback into the draft framework.

    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 report, including the revised framework.

About Second Exit Projects

  • Overview

    A number of TTC stations are getting second exits to improve customer safety and convenience. Some are under construction, with several still in the planning process. Chester, College, Donlands, Dundas, Dundas West, Greenwood, Museum, and Summerhill subway stations are all getting second exits as part of the TTC’s Second Exit Program. The program was developed to enhance safety for customers and staff, providing an additional way out of subway stations in case of emergency, as many TTC stations currently have only one exit. Second exits also improve customer convenience.

  • Planning process and principles

    As part of its commitment to modernization, TTC is implementing a new Second Exit Planning and Consultation Process. A panel of third party experts created an evaluation framework to guide the community and TTC in evaluating location options for second exits. Read the September 2015 Board Report to the TTC Board and view the framework.

    The next step in this process is the establishment of local working groups to propose and evaluate location options for each of the stations listed above. Find out more about the local working groups here.

    Planning second exits is a challenging and complicated task, taking many factors into account and balancing engineering, fire/life safety and community need.

    Effective second exits must provide:

    • A fast way out of the station
    • Convenience to encourage day-to-day use and familiarity in an emergency
    • Respectful integration into the neighbourhood

    Second exits projects must be:

    • Cost effective
    • Limit construction disruption
    • In the public interest (local area, TTC riders, taxpayer)

    Of the 14 “priority” subway stations which were initially identified as needing a second exit in a 2002 fire/life safety analysis, eight are still to be completed: Chester, College, Donlands, Dundas, Dundas West, Greenwood, Museum and Summerhill. Some of these will be more difficult to build than others, and will have more significant impacts on the surrounding communities.

    The new planning and consultation process is designed to:

    • Deepen understanding of the need for second exits by using public education and communications
    • Broaden engagement to encourage informed dialogue through learning

    This process includes three distinct planning phases:

    Phase 1: Develop evaluation framework (complete)

    1. Establish third party expert panel
    2. Public education
    3. Public review and comment

    Report to TTC Board on Evaluation Framework (complete - see links to Background Reports below)

    Phase 2: Location planning at stations

    1. Set up local working groups
    2. Working groups develop second exit options
    3. Evaluate options based on framework
    4. Recommendation for second exit location
    5. Expert Panel reviews recommendation

    Report to TTC Board on site recommendations

    Phase 3: Design of Second Exit

    • Community consultation: architecture, urban design and landscaping
    • Communications to public regarding the project
    • Pre-construction information and consultation

    Background Reports to the TTC Board

  • Overall project status

    Active projects

    • Wellesley
    • Woodbine

    Completed projects

    • Dufferin
    • Pape
    • Castle Frank
    • Broadview

    Planning stages

    • Donlands
    • Greenwood
    • Chester
    • College
    • Dundas
    • Dundas West
    • Museum
    • Summerhill

Easier Access Program

  • Program overview

    TTC’s Easier Access Program will make all subway stations accessible to everyone, regardless of their level of mobility. Today, more than half of our stations are accessible to people with disabilities.

    WoodbineSt Clair West and Coxwell stations are now accessible. Station accessibility construction is well underway at Dupont, Royal York, and St Patrick stations.

  • Station Completion Schedule

    Schedule for all stations to be completed by 2025, as required by Provincial AODA Legislation, based on full funding.

    Stations

    Complete in

    St. Patrick 2018
    Dupont 2019
    Royal York 2019
    Wellesley 2020
    Yorkdale 2020
    Wilson 2020
    Runnymede 2020
    Bay 2020
    Chester 2020
    King 2021
    Sherbourne 2021
    Lansdowne 2021
    Keele 2021
    College 2022
    Donlands 2022
    Spadina 2022
    Lawrence 2023
    Greenwood 2023
    Christie 2023
    Castle Frank 2023
    Summerhill 2023
    High Park 2023
    Museum 2024
    Rosedale 2024
    Old Mill 2024
    Glencairn 2025
    Warden 2025
    Islington 2025

    All schedules are subject to change.

Contact us

Niki Angelis, Community Liaison

416-981-1532

niki.angelis@ttc.ca

Construction notices

For construction updates on this project, see the Construction Advisory page.

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