Multicoloured tile walls are a feature of the renovation
|Address||1006 Dufferin Street,
|Opened||25 February 1966|
Dufferin is a subway station on the Bloor–Danforth line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at Dufferin Street just north of Bloor Street West. It opened in 1966 as part of the original segment of the subway line.
Architecture and art
When the station first opened, the entrance on the west side of Dufferin Street had a tile back wall, a three sided glass and aluminium enclosure entrance at ground level, an opaque flat roof, red signage, and a red accent stripe. In 1974, the Dovercourt Baptist Church constructed the abutting new red brick facility and senior's residence (New Horizons Tower). The entrance on the east side of the street is inset into the westerly facade of the Bloor Dufferin Medical Centre. Inside, smooth, unadorned green-coloured rectangular wall tiles were used, with a strip of narrower black tiles near the ceiling, and terrazzo floor tiles.
The 2010-2014 modernization of the station significantly modifies the original west entrance, updating signage, adding an elevator for accessibility, adding ceiling height and additional glazed elements, and adding a canopy covering the sidewalk. A canopy has also been added to the Bloor Dufferin Medical Centre to shelter the east side bus stops, and two additional exits have been added to Russet Ave, one block west of the main entrances. A public art component, titled “Something Happens Here” by Eduardo Aquino and Karen Shanski of spmb was also added, consisting of colourful mosaics of highly pixelated images of activity from the surrounding communities. The mosaics also include numerous metallic tiles featuring local logos, icons and historical references.
A paper transfer is required to connect between the subway and buses which use curbside stops on Dufferin Street outside the station.
- 29B northbound to Tycos Drive and southbound to Exhibition Place (Dufferin Gate)
- 29C northbound to Wilson Station and southbound to Exhibition Place (Princes' Gate)
- 402 Parkdale (Community Bus)
Dufferin station is scheduled for upgrades and modernization under the TTC's Station Modernization program. Preliminary work has commenced as of September 2009 and the project is expected to take two and a half years to complete. The "modernization" will include the installation of street level elevators for accessibility, the installation of a second entrance from Russett Avenue, two second exits (one on the northwest corner of Russet Avenue and Bloor Street, and the other on the northeast corner, providing direct access from the westbound platform), rebuilding of the bus waiting area, and new and modernized station finishes, art and lighting.
- "Subway ridership, 2012-2013". Toronto Transit Commission. "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. Five stations serve two subways, and so are listed twice, once for each subway"
- "Our History". Dovercourt Baptist Church. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
- "Dufferin Station Modernization". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
- "SOMETHING HAPPENS HERE". spmbBLDG. July 2011. Retrieved January 2014. "Site: The entire wall surface of the subway station (24,477 sq. ft.); 24,000 individually programmed ceramic structural glazed bricks and 100 stainless steel and bronze celebratory plaques (Memorial Pixels)."
- Rainford, Lisa (Jan 10, 2013). "Dufferin subway station catches up to modern times". The Bloor West Villager. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
- "TTC Dufferin Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
Media related to Dufferin Station at Wikimedia Commons