Online Consultation: Dufferin Station – Text Summary


The Crosstown: A brief overview

The Eglinton-Crosstown is one of the largest transit expansion projects in North America today – and it’s happening right here in Toronto. The Province of Ontario through Metrolinx has invested $8.4 billion to fund transit projects in Toronto. 

The Eglinton-Crosstown will provide rapid transit across the Eglinton corridor, linking subway lines and replacing the Scarborough RT with a modern, reliable service. The Crosstown will move passengers 60% faster than bus service today.

Crosstown proposed station locations

The 25 kilometre line will include up to 26 stations. Nineteen kilometres will run underground from Black Creek Drive to Kennedy Station. The Crosstown will continue on a structure completely separated from traffic for 6 kilometres to Scarborough City Centre.

Construction has started with tunnel launch site preparation underway at Keelesdale Park (On Eglinton avenue, between Black Creek Drive and Keele Street). Tunnelling will begin in summer 2012 and head east.

*Exact alignment west of Keele Street and east of Laird Drive to be determined.

The Crosstown: Station design philosophy

Throughout the initial phase the Crosstown's station design team have spent time and care in planning. Guiding principles that have fed into the preliminary design for Dufferin Station include (These principles will be maintained with all stations on the Crosstown):

  • Integrated station artworkIntegration with surrounding neighbourhood: respecting the scale, size, look and feel of buildings
  • Safe and enjoyable user experience: easy transfers, Designated Waiting Areas, integrated artwork and lots of lighting
  • Full accessibility for users with all levels of mobility including elevators, escalators, and low-floor access
  • Preserve space for future re-development
  • Enhance the local “sense of place”
  • Long-term sustainability 
  • Reduce Construction Footprint & Impacts through consolidated footprints
  • Reduce Costs

Dufferin Station Preliminary Design

Preliminary Design by: Crosstown Consortium, IBI Group, LEA Consulting, SNC Lavalin

Denisty of foot traffic around Dufferin and EglintonThe map to the right illustrates the density of current foot traffic around Dufferin and Eglinton Avenue; density is one of the primary reasons for choosing locations for stations. Higher levels of foot-traffic come from the north-east, where several apartment buildings are located.

The main station entrance (below) for Dufferin Station will be located on the south-east corner, replacing the Esso gas station that is currently occupying that space. Property acquisition is something The Crosstown takes very seriously. Our aim has been to reduce the overall footprint of each station to minimize the number of properties required.

Dufferin Station: Main station entrance

The traction power substation and station support facilities will be located at the southwest corner of Dufferin and Eglinton in scale with the surrounding buildings.

Dufferin Station: Traction power substation

The secondary station entrance will be located on the northwest corner of Dufferin and Eglinton Avenue. This consolidated layout reduces the overall footprint of construction and minimizes construction impacts.

Dufferin Station: Secondary station entrance

Below is a preliminary representation of the entrances and station, subject to change throughout the next phases of the design process. Passengers will travel below ground to the concourse level where they will pay their fare and then down one more level to board the train.

Dufferin Station: Preliminary representation of main and secondary entrance

At this early design stage, construction staging is not yet developed. Individual construction plans for each station will be developed with local consultation, well before construction. As part of the tunelling process, construction of walls for the future station box are scheduled to begin at Dufferin and Eglinton in 2013. Construction of Dufferin Station is currently scheduled to start in 2014.