Pape (TTC)

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Pape
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Pape TTC makeover almost done.JPG
Station statistics
Address 743 Pape Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°40′48″N 79°20′42″W / 43.68000°N 79.34500°W / 43.68000; -79.34500Coordinates: 43°40′48″N 79°20′42″W / 43.68000°N 79.34500°W / 43.68000; -79.34500
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Structure type underground
Platforms side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 25 February 1966
Rebuilt 2009-2013
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Presto card No
Traffic
Passengers (2011–12[1]) 25,620
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Kipling
Bloor–Danforth
toward Kennedy

Pape is a subway station on the Bloor–Danforth line in Toronto, Canada. The station opened in 1966 and is located in Toronto's Greektown neighbourhood at the northeast corner of Pape Avenue and Lipton Avenue, just north of Danforth Avenue.

The ticket collector's booth and turnstyles are at the surface in the main station building on the southwest corner of the site with a secondary exit-only structure to the east, adjacent to the parking lot. Bus bays are within the fare-paid zone. Stairs, escalators and elevators connect the ground level, concourse and train platforms. Automatic sliding doors, accessible fare gates and the addition of elevators, made the station became fully accessible in 2013.[2]

History[edit]

Lipton Loop in 1931

This was formerly the site of the Lipton Loop, which opened in 1927 as the terminus of the discontinued Harbord streetcar route[3] which ran south on Pape to downtown, and the 56 Leaside bus route[4] serving Leaside and now connecting to the subway at Donlands station.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

The Church of the Holy Name, a prominent architectural landmark, is located nearby.
The Taste of the Danforth street festival takes place for three days in August on the stretch of Danforth west of Pape.

Surface connections[edit]

72C to Commissioners Street

Tenants[edit]

Station modernization[edit]

New tile wall installation

Pape was the first station scheduled to be renovated under a new modernization program, which will update the visual, safety and infrastructure aspects of many older stations. The renovations include adding a second entrance to the platform level, installation of elevators, new wall treatments public art and upgraded lighting and upgrading ventilation and fire safety systems.[5]

The project was scheduled to begin in 2008, but due to delays the contractor did not mobilize on the site until 28 September 2009.

The renovations lasted until 2013. In the spring of that year it was estimated that the renovations would be complete by December. In April, the TTC announced an opinion survey which gave riders three options, continue with the current schedule, speed up renovations by three months by closing the station over six consecutive weekends, or speed up renovations by closing the station for 12 consecutive days. The results were that out of 2,842 respondents, most preferred the third option. The TTC announced that the closure would happen between August 19–30.[6] The closure was originally scheduled for June 15–26 but a strike by the Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Guild of Ontario made it necessary to postpone the closure until the labour dispute was resolved.

The elevators came into operation on 31 October 2013 making the station fully accessible,[2] and on 23 December 2013 the new second exit building opened.[5][7]

Transit expansion proposals[edit]

The once planned Downtown Relief Line project would have built another station below Pape to serve as the northern terminus of Phase One and to allow passengers to connect to the Bloor-Danforth line. The station would have likely been renamed Pape-Danforth.

The Transit City proposal calls for a new LRT line known as the Don Mills LRT line, running along Don Mills Road from Steeles Avenue to Pape Station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2011-2012". 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" 
  2. ^ a b "TTC’s Pape Station elevators now in operation". Toronto Transit Commission. 7 November 2013. Retrieved January 2014. "Pape Station is now fully accessible" 
  3. ^ James Bow. "HARBORD Route History". Retrieved January 2014. "Sunday route changed at the east end, extended up Pape north of the Danforth to the new Lipton Loop" 
  4. ^ Peter Coulman. "LEASIDE Route History". Retrieved January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Pape Station Improvements". Modernization Project. TTC. Retrieved January 2014. 
  6. ^ Melinda Maldonado (16 August 2013). "TTC: Pape Station 12-day closure starts Monday". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 2014. 
  7. ^ Rahul Gupta (15 January 2014). "Additional exit for Pape subway station is now open". East York Mirror. Retrieved January 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Pape Station at Wikimedia Commons