Pape (TTC)

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TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Pape TTC bus 7692.JPG
Location 743 Pape Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario
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
Platforms side platforms
Tracks 2
Structure type underground
Bicycle facilities 36 lock-up spaces and
5 ring and posts
Disabled access Yes
Opened 25 February 1966
Rebuilt 2009–2013
Passengers (2014[1]) 26,670
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Kipling
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Bloor–Danforth
toward Kennedy

Pape is a subway station on the Bloor–Danforth line in Toronto, Ontario, 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. Wi-Fi service is available at this station. [2]

The ticket collector's booth and turnstiles 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.[3]


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,[4] which ran south on Pape to downtown, and the 56 Leaside bus route[5] serving Leaside and now connecting to the subway at Donlands station.

Nearby landmarks and events[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.

Centennial College's Story Arts Centre, home to Communications, Media and Design programs, is located just north of the station.

Surface connections[edit]

  • 25 Don Mills to

25A to Steeles Avenue via Don Mills Station 25B to Don Mills Station

72B to Union Station
72C to Commissioners Street
  • 81 Thorncliffe Park to Thorncliffe Park
  • 185 Don Mills Rocket to Steeles Avenue - express service
  • 325 Blue Night Don Mills northbound to Steeles Avenue and southbound to Eastern Avenue


Station modernization[edit]

Tile wall installation at the platform

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.[6]

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.[7] 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,[3] and on 23 December 2013, the new second exit building opened.[6][8]


The Toronto Transit Commission plans to construct a Relief Line, connecting the south loop of Line 1 Yonge-University to the east wing of Line 2 Bloor-Danforth. The preferred route of the subway line is from Pape station to Osgoode. Future extensions west of Osgoode and north of Pape would establish Pape as one of the major transit hubs in the Toronto Subway system.

Previously, former mayor David Miller proposed the Transit City plan, part of which outlined the Don Mills LRT line, running along Don Mills Road from Don Mills station to Pape station. Along with much of the proposals under that plan, the Don Mills LRT was scrapped by succeeding mayor Rob Ford.


  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2014" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 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 -". Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  3. ^ 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  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ 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  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ Peter Coulman. "LEASIDE Route History". Retrieved January 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ a b "Pape Station Improvements". Modernization Project. TTC. Retrieved January 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ Melinda Maldonado (16 August 2013). "TTC: Pape Station 12-day closure starts Monday". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ Rahul Gupta (15 January 2014). "Additional exit for Pape subway station is now open". East York Mirror. Retrieved January 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

External links[edit]

Media related to Pape Station at Wikimedia Commons