TTC working to renovate all subway stations by 2025 to satisfy Ont. deadline Justin Greaves/Metroland
Ossington is the latest TTC subway station to complete accessibility improvements.
The station now has two elevators leading from the concourse to either subway platform, sliding automated doors, better signage, plus upgrades to the bus bay. The station also has Presto fare gates which were installed last year.
In addition to the station’s interior, sidewalks around Ossington underwent repairs and resurfacing. All of the work is part of a network-wide initiative to make every rapid transit station fully accessible by 2025. That would satisfy a deadline set by the provincial government as part of its Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Even though the deadline is still years away, the TTC had admitted in the past it couldn’t complete work at every station due to a lack of funding. However a $360 million commitment from the federal government was announced in 2016, and now the TTC says it can complete the accessibility improvements on time.
In addition to Ossington, St. Clair West, Woodbine and Coxwell, all currently under construction, are scheduled for completion in 2017. That is followed in 2018 by Dupont and St. Patrick. From 2019 until 2025, the TTC plans to complete a minimum of three stations per year.