Planning Process and Principles
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.
Please see the TTC Board report from September 2015 about the Second exit planning process.
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 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
College, Dundas, Museum, Summerhill and Dundas West are the remaining stations and are located in dense urban/commercial environments that will require the co-operation of surrounding developments, future developments and other commercial interests. The public consultation process cannot be applied in the same way as in the more residential type neighbourhoods on the Danforth at Chester, Donlands and Greenwood. A more flexible process will be required to determine the best location for the second exits at College, Dundas, Museum, Summerhill and Dundas West, given their mixed land use.
The process for Chester, Donlands and Greenwood includes three distinct planning phases:
Phase 1: Develop evaluation framework (complete)
- Establish third party expert panel
- Public education
- Public review and comment
Report to TTC Board on Evaluation Framework (complete - see links to Background Reports below)
Phase 2: Location planning at stations
- Set up local working groups
- Working groups develop second exit options
- Evaluate options based on framework
- Recommendation for second exit location
- 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:
- New Second Exit Planning and Consultation Process February 25, 2013
- Follow-up to Ombudsman's Report February 25, 2013 (includes the TTC Construction Projects Good Neighbour Policy, Councillor Relations Policy and Community Relations Management Plan)
- Modernizing the TTC A New Approach to Communications, Community Relations and Property Coordination (For Action) December 19, 2012
Learn more about the background and history of the second exit program and planning process here.
For more information, please contact:
Denise Jayawardene, Community Liaison