Last Wednesday, February 13, 2013, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) awarded the City of Toronto and the TTC a Sustainable Communities Award for a project to modernize, redesign and replace the bus terminal at Victoria Park Station on the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line.
The City and TTC completed the project to rehabilitate and upgrade the station in 2011. More than 25,000 people use the station building every day. The TTC used the opportunity to convert the station from what The Globe and Mail called a “cavernous, concrete bunker” to a user-friendly station with natural lighting through multiple windows. The design improved connections within the station itself and to the surrounding community, making Victoria Park Station an integral part of the neighbourhood.
The project included:
- building a new six bay-bus terminal at street level;
- updating the station interior with public art, new wall finishes, refurbished floors, improved signage and upgraded lighting;
- installing 5,000 square metres (about 15,000 square feet) of green roofs for the station and the new bus terminal canopies — at the time it was built, this was largest green roof in Toronto;
- building a new off-street passenger pick-up and drop-off facility (or “kiss ‘n’ ride”) and taxi stand;
- improving the main station entrance;
- installing a new automatic entrance;
- improving the streetscaping at the station entrances;
- building a new, wider elevated north pedestrian walkway and installing new windows on the north side at platform level;
- modifying the fare line and installing three new elevators to provide barrier-free access;
- upgrading the exterior station finishes;
- installing a new signalized pedestrian crossing on Victoria Park Avenue;
- adding bicycle lanes to Victoria Park Avenue; and
- providing a bicycle storage facility.
The City and TTC undertook the project to improve passenger experience, increase accessibility for passengers with all levels of mobility and to address the general deterioration of structure. The project also helped develop the nearby community by encouraging area residents to take park in the design process.
The FCM’s Sustainable Communities Awards recognize innovation and excellence in municipal sustainable development across Canada in six categories: brownfields, energy, neighbourhood development, transportation, waste and water.
You can view more photos of the redesigned station here.