Bus departing from Donlands Station Bus Stop
Second exit project

Donlands station

Project overview

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 Board unanimously approved the Local Working Group’s recommended Second Exit location at 17/19 Dewhurst Boulevard.

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 Donlands Station Easier Access project at the same time as the Second Exit project. The street level-to-concourse-to-eastbound platform level elevator shaft will be located on the southwest corner of Strathmore Boulevard and Donlands Avenue, extending the main station entrance. The concourse-to-westbound platform level elevator shaft will be constructed on the northwest corner of Strathmore Boulevard and Donlands Avenue. Construction began on Saturday, May 10, 2021 and elevators are scheduled to enter service in 2023. 

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  • 2021 - 2022 Community Construction Update Meetings

  • Online Open House Presentation 2020

    The TTC Board 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 Donlands Station Second Exit/Entrance and Easier Access Improvements – Construction Overview Online Open House from October 2020. 

  • 2019 – 2020 Community Pre-Construction Update Meetings

  • 2016 – 2017 Community Open House Presentations

  • 2016 Planning Update 

    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.
    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. 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.

     
  • 2016 Local Working Group and Meetings

    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.

    After receiving applications, 15 community representatives were selected by the Expert Panel. The Local Working Group held seven meetings in 2016.

  • Nine 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.

    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

     

Project updates

  • 2021 - 2022 Community Construction Update Meetings

  • Online Open House Presentation 2020

    The TTC Board 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 Donlands Station Second Exit/Entrance and Easier Access Improvements – Construction Overview Online Open House from October 2020. 

  • 2019 – 2020 Community Pre-Construction Update Meetings

  • 2016 – 2017 Community Open House Presentations

  • 2016 Planning Update 

    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.
    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. 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.

     
  • 2016 Local Working Group and Meetings

    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.

    After receiving applications, 15 community representatives were selected by the Expert Panel. The Local Working Group held seven meetings in 2016.

  • Nine 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.

    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

     

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

    • Donlands
    • Greenwood
    • College

    Completed projects

    • Dufferin
    • Pape
    • Castle Frank
    • Broadview
    • Wellesley
    • Woodbine
    • Chester

    Planning stages

    • Dundas
    • Dundas West
    • Museum
    • Summerhill

Contact us

If you are interested in receiving updates about this project, please email your contact information to christina.joseph@ttc.ca or alexa.aiken@ttc.ca

Please be sure to include your name, address (including city and postal code), phone number and email address.

Also, please let us know how you prefer to be contacted – by email, regular mail or both.

Chris Joseph, Manager

Toronto Transit Commission
416-994-0923

christina.joseph@ttc.ca

Alexa Aiken, Community Liaison

Toronto Transit Commission

alexa.aiken@ttc.ca

Construction notices

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

Alternatively, e-mail

christina.joseph@ttc.ca 

to be added to the mailing list.

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