Dufferin station

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TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Dufferin TTC station D100.JPG
Main entrance on the west side of Dufferin Street
Location 1006 Dufferin Street,
Toronto, Ontario,
Coordinates 43°39′36″N 79°26′08″W / 43.66000°N 79.43556°W / 43.66000; -79.43556Coordinates: 43°39′36″N 79°26′08″W / 43.66000°N 79.43556°W / 43.66000; -79.43556
Platforms Side platforms
Tracks 2
Structure type Underground
Disabled access Yes
Opened 26 February 1966
Rebuilt 2010-2014
Passengers (2016[1]) 31,220
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Kipling
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Bloor–Danforth
toward Kennedy

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. Wi-Fi service is available at this station.[2]

Architecture and art[edit]

Renovated staircase with multicoloured tile design.

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).[3] 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.

Artwork Something Happens Here by Eduardo Aquino and Karen Shanski.

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.[4] 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 The mosaics also include numerous metallic tiles featuring local logos, icons and historical references.[5]

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby landmarks include Dufferin Mall, Bloor Collegiate Institute, Dufferin Grove Park, and the Bloor-Gladstone branch of the Toronto Public Library.

Surface connections[edit]

Stop for northbound buses is located under a canopy outside the entrance on the east side of Dufferin Street

A paper transfer is required to connect between the subway and buses which use curbside stops on Dufferin Street outside the station.

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
29A/C Dufferin Northbound to Wilson station
29A Southbound to Exhibition Place (Dufferin Gate)
29C Southbound to Exhibition Place (Princes' Gate)
929 Dufferin Express Northbound to Wilson station and southbound to Exhibition Place (Dufferin Gate)
(Weekday service)
329 Dufferin Blue Night service; Northbound to Steeles Avenue West and southbound to Exhibition Place (Princes' Gate)
402 Parkdale Community Bus

Station modernization[edit]

Dufferin Station was upgraded and modernized under the TTC's Station Modernization program. Work commenced in September 2009 and was fully complete in November 2014, taking over twice the projected time to complete.[6] The "modernization" included 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.[7][8][9] The two second exits opened earlier than other improvements, in August 2013.[10]


  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2016" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 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.
  2. ^ "OUR STATIONS - TCONNECT.ca". TCONNECT.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  3. ^ "Our History". Dovercourt Baptist Church. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Dufferin Station Modernization". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  5. ^ "SOMETHING HAPPENS HERE". bldgoffice.com. spmbBLDG. 1 July 2011. Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 4 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).
  6. ^ Vanderveen, Cale (November 25, 2014). "Dufferin Station Modernization and Expansion Opens to the Public". UrbanToronto. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  8. ^ Rainford, Lisa (Jan 10, 2013). "Dufferin subway station catches up to modern times". The Bloor West Villager. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  9. ^ "TTC Dufferin Station". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Dufferin Station: Modernization Project". TTC. Retrieved 17 May 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Dufferin Station at Wikimedia Commons