Keele Station - Easier Access project
Escalators closed to the Line 2 platforms until October 2020
For background information, please visit the project page.
Construction update - escalator closure September 4 to October 2020
What we are doing and why?
In order to carry out this work, terrazzo tile needs to be installed in the station including in front of both escalators that take customers to the Line 2 subway platforms. Keele Station’s escalators will be out of service for approximately a month for this work. The escalators to the Line 2 platforms will remain open for customers to use as staircases. For customers requiring an accessible alternative please travel to Jane or Dundas West stations.
- The tile work will take place on the main entrance level of Keele Station in front of both escalators that take customers to Line 2’s east and westbound platforms. The escalators to the Line 2 platforms will remain open for customers to use as staircases. Customers who require an accessible alternative to Line 2 should travel to Jane or Dundas West stations.
- The escalators will be out of service and used as staircases only starting at the beginning of subway service on Friday, September 4, 2020 and will remain out of service for approximately one month.
- Efforts will be made by on-site personnel to keep noise to a minimum.
- There will be no disruption to bus or subway service at Keele Station for this work. Keele Station’s bus loop closure continues until late Fall 2020.
Construction update - Keele Station bus loop closure starting March 29
As part of the TTC’s commitment to provide accessible transit, construction is underway at Keele Station to install new elevators and reconstruct the bus roadway. The Keele Station bus loop will be closed for structure upgrades/improvements and buses will not enter the station for approximately six months. Keele Station is scheduled to become accessible at the end of 2021.
The Keele Station bus loop closure is required in order to upgrade the bus loop, bus platforms and to continue work on elevators E1 and E2. During the bus loop closure, TTC riders will board buses on street in front of Keele Station, at temporary stops on Bloor Street West or at High Park Station. There will be no change to subway service from Keele Station. Customer service representatives and TTC supervisors will be available on the first few days of the closure to assist customers and there will be updated signs and pole cards in place.
Work activities include:
- Demolition of the north section of the Keele Station bus loop will take place from March 30 to April 4 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
- Construction activities will take place within the enclosed construction work zone.
- Nearby residents, businesses and transit customers can expect to hear noise related to the demolition and the use of heavy equipment.
Bus service changes during the full Keele Station bus loop closure:
- Customers on the 41 Keele and 941 Keele Express routes will serve Keele Station at temporary stops on Keele Street outside the main station entrance and north of Bloor Street West.
- Customers on the 80 Queensway route will be diverted to High Park Station with temporary stops serving Keele Station on Keele Street at Bloor Street West. To ensure your safety, customers are reminded to use the signalized intersection at Keele Street and Bloor Street West when crossing the street.
- 30 High Park and 80 Queensway routes will drop off and board at different locations inside and outside of High Park Station.
- Customers on 89 Weston and 989 Weston Express routes will serve Keele Station at temporary stops on Keele Street and on Bloor Street West.
- 89 Weston and 989 Weston Express routes will be diverted to High Park Station.
- The temporary bus loading zone on Keele Street will be extended to the three parking spaces on Keele Street in front of the station. Signs will be changed to a “No Standing” zone.
- Customers will need to provide Proof-of-Payment.
The TTC’s Easier Access Program makes stations accessible with the addition of new elevators. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.
Easier Access improvements include
- Barrier-free path from the main entrance to the platform level of the station
- Two elevators to access eastbound and westbound platforms
- Automatic sliding station entry doors
- Improved signage and CCTV – Security cameras along the accessible pathway
What to expect
- The majority of construction for the new elevators will take place in the bus loop. Protective hoarding will be in place.
- The bus loop will be closed for approximately 6 months in 2020 (TBD) in order to upgrade/repave the bus roadway, bus platforms and to complete some preliminary underground work. During this time, TTC riders will board buses on-street or at a High Park station. A detailed transit service plan will be provided closer to the time of the closure with updated signage in place.
- Intermittent overnight work has been scheduled for the next eight months, in the bus loop, in order to minimize the impact to bus services. Some overnight and weekend work will be required during the course of this project in order to complete the work as quickly as possible.
- The construction vehicle access will be from Keele Street.
- Intermittent overnight work will take place in the bus loop from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. for the next eight months.
- Noise, dust and vibration associated with construction can be expected with this work. Efforts will be made to keep levels to a minimum.
Thank you for your support as we build accessible transit for Toronto.
For further information:
Christina Joseph, Senior Community Liaison, 416-590-6753, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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