As for the station, it has a shabby, run-down feel that matches the gritty (but developing) stretch of Bloorcourt Village it inhabits. Hipster alert!
|Missing posters, ceiling leaks, crumbling walls|
Recently, the station began renovations to permit barrier-free access to the subway platform [see update at end].
If there’s anything that I’ve noticed on my transit peregrinations, it’s that the system remains quite hostile for wheelchair users. Most TTC subway stations were designed and built in an era where accessibility was at best not a concern, at worst actively opposed.
|Taking the stairs at Ossington|
The Commission has been carrying out a multi-decade long plan to mitigate this deficiency, but incrementally retrofitting everything is costly, complex and challenging. In an environment where basic station upkeep occasionally falls behind at non-priority stations, I’m not confident about the funding assurance to complete these elevator projects in a timely fashion. Keep your fingers crossed.
|Even the front sign at Ossington is half-burned out|
Ossington station opened on February 25, 1966. Since then the station has gone rather downhill, but as part of the elevator installation the station will be getting patched up and will even have some art installed (check out the gallery to see what’s proposed).
Here’s to better and brighter days, Ossington!
Update: In September of 2016, the TTC removed construction hoarding to reveal... elevators. And an accessible curb ramp at the entrance. It only took 50 years. We love to complain about the rate of progress, but let’s celebrate the small wins, shall we? In October, Scott Eunson’s whimsical Ossington Particles art piece was installed onto the walls of the station.
|Finally - an accessible curb ramp from the sidewalk.|
Photo GalleryTour the station, and view captioned historical images from its past:
|Ossington station transfer|
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