Pape station

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Pape Station 2022 (cropped).jpg
General information
Location743 Pape Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates43°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
PlatformsSide platforms
  •  25  Don Mills
  •  72  Pape
  •  81  Thorncliffe Park
  •  300 Symbol ksiezyc.svg  Bloor - Danforth
  •  325 Symbol ksiezyc.svg  Don Mills
  •  925  Don Mills Express
Structure typeUnderground
Bicycle facilities36 lock-up spaces and
5 ring and posts
Disabled accessYes
OpenedFebruary 26, 1966
Rank29 of 75
Preceding station TTC.svg Toronto Transit Commission Following station
towards Kipling
Bloor–Danforth Donlands
towards Kennedy
Future services
Preceding station TTC.svg Toronto Transit Commission Following station
towards Exhibition
Ontario Line
(opens 2030)

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] It is located at the site of the former Lipton Loop streetcar loop.

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/entry 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]

Bus waiting area

When the subway is closed, buses do not enter the station, and an on-street transfer is required. TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional information
25A Don Mills Northbound to Steeles Avenue East via Don Mills station
25B Northbound to Don Mills station
72A Pape Southbound to Eastern Avenue
72B Southbound to Union station
72C Southbound to Commissioners Street
81 Thorncliffe Park Northbound to Thorncliffe Park
925 Don Mills Express Northbound to Steeles Avenue East
325 Don Mills Blue Night service; northbound to Steeles Avenue East and southbound to Eastern Avenue
(On-street transfer)


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 and public art, platform wall renovations, upgraded lights, and improved 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 September 28, 2009.

Construction 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 October 31, 2013 making the station fully accessible,[3] and on December 23, 2013, the new second exit building opened.[6][8]


The Toronto Transit Commission has long had 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.

In September 2019, the Government of Ontario announced plans for the Ontario Line, a successor to the Relief Line. The line is planned to intersect with the station. A tentative completion date has been set for 2027. As of July 2020, construction timing and impacts to Pape station have not yet been announced.

The Ontario Line is a planned rapid transit line that will connect Science Centre station (on Line 5 Eglinton) to Exhibition GO station (on the Lakeshore West GO line). A connection to Line 2 is planned at Pape station.[9] The new platform and tracks will be constructed underneath and perpendicular to the existing Line 2 platforms, slightly to the east of Pape Avenue, to avoid traffic and utility disruptions during construction.[10] As of December 2020, the expected completion date of the Ontario Line is 2030.[11]


  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2019" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Archived (PDF) from the original on November 28, 2022. Retrieved January 30, 2023. 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 -". Archived from the original on December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "TTC's Pape Station elevators now in operation". Toronto Transit Commission. November 7, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2014. Pape Station is now fully accessible
  4. ^ James Bow. "HARBORD Route History". Retrieved January 1, 2014. Sunday route changed at the east end, extended up Pape north of the Danforth to the new Lipton Loop
  5. ^ Peter Coulman. "LEASIDE Route History". Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Pape Station Improvements". Modernization Project. TTC. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  7. ^ Melinda Maldonado (August 16, 2013). "TTC: Pape Station 12-day closure starts Monday". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  8. ^ Rahul Gupta (January 15, 2014). "Additional exit for Pape subway station is now open". East York Mirror. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  9. ^ "Updated plans for the Ontario Line's North segment: A better fit for the community | Metrolinx News". October 7, 2020. Archived from the original on October 7, 2020. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  10. ^ "Updated plans for the Ontario Line's North segment: A better fit for the community | Metrolinx News". October 7, 2020. Archived from the original on October 7, 2020. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  11. ^ "$11-billion Ontario Line may not open until 2030, three years later than Ford's initial promise". December 17, 2020. Retrieved March 22, 2021.

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