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Second Exit Project

Greenwood Station

Project overview

Greenwood Station will be getting a new second exit/entrance to improve customer safety and convenience. As part of its commitment to modernization, TTC developed a new process designed by a third party Expert Panel of planners and architects to involve local communities in determining second exit locations. The process includes establishing a local working group to submit and assess potential locations using an evaluation framework that was developed by a panel of third-party experts. The framework is based on the following five criteria:

  • Safety
  • Local community impact – Second Exit (permanent)
  • Local community impact – Construction Period
  • Customer experience
  • Cost

TTC Engineering will provide the technical information necessary for the local working group to rank their location options. The goal of the process is for the LWG to arrive at a recommendation that is supported by the local community. The process has proven successful at Chester Station and Donlands Station.

Project update

  • Project Update

    Community volunteers on the Local Working Group (LWG) for Greenwood Station put forward potential sites for TTC to develop functional layouts for a new second exit/entrance building. Local Working Group (LWG) members attended a series of meetings in 2017/2018 to help advise where the second exit/entrance location should be built in the Greenwood Station neighbourhood.

    At the final LWG meeting (April 11, 2018) the LWG discussed their top two equally ranked locations (Option C: 1416 Danforth Avenue and Option H: 138/140 Monarch Park Avenue) in detail, including a category by category review as a group. The LWG then voted unanimously that Option C: 1416 Danforth Avenue is their recommended location for a second exit/entrance in the Greenwood Station neighbourhood.

    Please note that TTC has not put forward, accepted or approved any of the locations that the LWG put forward for review. At this time, no final decisions have been made.

    Here are the next steps:

    At this time, TTC’s project team will be reviewing the LWG’s recommended location in more detail, including with City staff. We will then host a Community Open House for further feedback from the wider community. City Departments such as Planning and Transportation will also provide their feedback. Then, a TTC board report will be reviewed by the Board, and the final decision will be made by the Board.

    Once a final location is approved, further design and engineering work will be required and any updates will also be shared with the community. These reviews will take time and we anticipate having an update meeting in the Fall, 2018.

    TTC wishes to thank both the Local Working Group and all neighbours who attended many meetings and shared their recommendations with the volunteers and the TTC.

    • View the updated functional analysis  for the second exit/entrance location options (including the revised Option I2) presented on February 21, 2018. for the second exit/entrance location options (including the revised Option I2) presented on February 21, 2018.
    • View the functional analysis for the original 10 second exit/entrance location options presented on January 31, 2018.

    Please see below for the scheduled meetings dates and topics for discussion.

    Meetings of the LWG were open to the community.

    The next meeting will be held in Fall 2018:

    Community Meeting - Greenwood Station – second exit/automatic entrance - Fall 2018, date TBD
    At the end of the Local Working Group’s evaluation process, their rankings of the locations will be presented to the community at a public meeting (date TBD) for additional review and community input.

    The TTC’s professional engineering staff will then report the LWG’s rankings, the wider community’s input and a recommendation on a final location to the TTC Board. The TTC Board will make the final decision.

Previous Local Working Group (LWG) meetings

2018:

  • LWG Meeting #8

    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Purpose: The LWG members reviewed and discussed the LWG's final rankings of their location options.

  • LWG Meeting #7

    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Purpose: The LWG members reviewed and discussed the LWG's preliminary rankings of their location options.

    The LWG will submit their final rankings to the TTC after this meeting.

  • LWG Meeting #6

    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Purpose: The LWG reviewed and discussed the TTC’s functional analysis for each of the location options they submitted.

    The LWG and the community are invited to submit questions for further review to Denise Jayawardene by February 12, 2018.

  • LWG Meeting #5

    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Purpose: The LWG discussed the relative merits of each option using the Evaluation Framework categories. TTC answered questions received from the LWG and community.

  • LWG Meeting #4

    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Purpose: The LWG reviewed and discussed the TTC’s functional analysis for each of the location options they submitted.

    The LWG and the community are invited to submit questions for further review to Denise Jayawardene by February 12, 2018.

2017:

  • LWG Meeting #3

    The TTC hosted the third Local Working Group (LWG) meeting on September, 12, 2017 (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) at St. David's Anglican Church.

    At this meeting, the LWG put forward ten potential locations for technical analysis by the TTC. The ten options as submitted by the Greenwood LWG to the TTC for development of conceptual layouts are indicated below (in alphabetical order):
    • 1366 Danforth Avenue
    • 1410/1416 Danforth Avenue - rear of property
    • 1416 Danforth Avenue
    • 7 Linnsmore Crescent
    • 9 Linnsmore Crescent
    • 11 Linnsmore Crescent
    • 15 Linnsmore Crescent
    • 138/140 Monarch Park Avenue
    • 261 Strathmore Boulevard
    • Strathmore Boulevard at Monarch Park Avenue Right-of-Way

    The locations can be seen on the following map

  • LWG Meeting #2

    TTC hosted the second Local Working Group (LWG) meeting on June 13, 2017. 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.

    Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - presentation began at 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Danforth Collegiate Technical Institute - Cafeteria, 800 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto, ON M4J 4B7

  • LWG Meeting #1

    The public was invited to a community meeting to find out how to participate in the second exit/entrance planning process in the neighbourhood.

    Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Danforth Collegiate Technical Institute - Cafeteria (enter from Strathmore Boulevard) - 800 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto

    Kindly contact Denise Jayawardene to be added to the mailing list.

  • Local Working Group  Application Process

    The TTC looked for 10-15 Toronto residents representing as many of the groups below as possible to be part of the local Working Group for Greenwood Station’s Second Exit. Applications were reviewed by the Expert Advisory Panel for Second Exits.

    • Resident living in the vicinity of Greenwood Station
    • Business owner and/or landlord with business interests in the vicinity of Greenwood Station
    • Worker employed in the vicinity of Greenwood Station
    • TTC customer who frequently use Greenwood Station
    • Representative of community group operating in the vicinity of Greenwood Station
    • Representative of agency and/or institution operating in the vicinity of Greenwood Station
    • Representative of a local BIA

    LWG members attend a series of meetings to put forward and rank location options to help determine where the second exit location should be built in the Greenwood Station neighbourhood.

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

    Download a copy of the LWG application for Greenwood Station.

  • Community Meeting

    The public was invited to a community meeting to find out how to participate in the second exit/entrance planning process in the neighbourhood.

    Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Danforth Collegiate Technical Institute - Cafeteria (enter from Strathmore Boulevard) - 800 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto

    Kindly contact Denise Jayawardene to be added to the mailing list.

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

Contact us

If you are interested in receiving updates about this project, please email your contact information to denise.jayawardene@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.

Denise Jayawardene, Senior Community Liaison

Toronto Transit Commission
416-397-6937

denise.jayawardene@ttc.ca

Construction notices

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

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