Donlands station

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Donlands
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Donlands TTC entrance.jpg
Location30 Donlands Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°40′52″N 79°20′16″W / 43.68111°N 79.33778°W / 43.68111; -79.33778Coordinates: 43°40′52″N 79°20′16″W / 43.68111°N 79.33778°W / 43.68111; -79.33778
PlatformsSide platforms
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Disabled accessNo
History
OpenedFebruary 26, 1966
Traffic
Passengers (2018[1])11,250
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Kipling
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Bloor–Danforth
toward Kennedy

Donlands is a subway station on the Bloor–Danforth line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The station is located in Toronto's Greektown neighbourhood, at the southwest corner of Donlands Avenue and Strathmore Boulevard, just north of Danforth Avenue. Wi-Fi service is available at this station.[2]

History[edit]

Donlands opened in 1966 as part of the original segment of the Bloor-Danforth line, between Keele station in the west and Woodbine station in the east. Originally only a small structure covered the stairs and escalator. The current building was constructed in the early 1980s and the fare-collection area was relocated from the concourse up to street level, which also brought the bus bays within the fare-paid zone.

On August 6, 1997, a pile of rubber pads being stored in the wye between Donlands station and Greenwood Yard caught fire. It was the TTC's first major subway incident after the 1995 Russell Hill subway accident. The fire shut down the Bloor-Danforth line from Broadview eastward; two thousand passengers had to be evacuated from a pair of trains and nearly 50 were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. Over 200 emergency personnel responded to the fire.

Subway infrastructure[edit]

Between Donlands and Greenwood stations is a full grade-separated, double-track, underground wye junction, allowing trains from either direction to access the TTC's Greenwood Subway Yard, which is on the surface south of Danforth Avenue.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby landmarks include the Madinah Mosque, Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute, Subway Academy I, and Wilkinson Junior Public School.

Surface connections[edit]

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
56A Leaside Northbound to Eglinton station
56B Northbound to Brentcliffe Road
83 Jones Southbound to Commissioners Street

Second exit[edit]

In June 2010 the TTC announced plans to add second exits to 2 subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth line. These exits were recommended after a fire safety audit due the stations only having one primary means of emergency access/egress.[3]

The planned construction would see a new exit-only structure built at surface level on Dewhurst Blvd. In order to build the exit the TTC plans to expropriate residential land and demolish a home in the area.[4] This decision proved to be controversial in the neighborhoods affected and after some public outcry the TTC stated that they would review their plans.[5]

The TTC accepted the City Ombudsman's report, that these projects were not handled well by staff on two counts: community outreach, consultation and explanations about the technical and engineering decisions made by staff; and how the TTC communicated with residents whose properties were most affected.[6]

Station improvements have been deferred and a complete Environmental assessment will be done for the Downtown Relief Line first, and any potential implications for Donlands station would be evaluated at that time.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2018" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 5 February 2019. This table shows the typical number of customer-trips made on each subway on an average weekday and the typical number of customers travelling to and from each station platform on an average weekday.
  2. ^ "OUR STATIONS - TCONNECT.ca". tconnect.ca. Archived from the original on 22 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Board Meeting Highlights". Commission reports and information. TTC. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ http://www3.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Construction/Donlands_Second_Exit.jsp Archived 11 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Carola Vyhnak (29 June 2010). "Residents protest demolishing homes for subway exits". Toronto Star. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  6. ^ "TTC statement on report by City Ombudsman". ttc.ca. TTC. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Donlands and Greenwood Sunway Station Upgrades" (PDF). ttc.ca. TTC. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014. Station improvements will be deferred for two years

External links[edit]

Media related to Donlands Station at Wikimedia Commons