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Business group flunks TTC for station conditions

But together, the undone work adds up to a big picture of neglect at the Yonge subway stations south of Bloor Street.

They’re small repairs: Broken lights, graffiti, leaks, missing maps and ceiling slats.

But together, the undone work adds up to a big picture of neglect at the Yonge subway stations south of Bloor Street.

That’s why the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area has given the TTC a failing score on fixing dozens of unsightly and unfriendly cracks in the five stations from Wellesley to King.

Among dozens of needed repairs identified since the business group began keeping track last May, only four have been completed, although a couple of the stations, including Wellesley, have been renovated.

The merchants consider College, Dundas and Queen stations, in particular, to be transit gateways to the downtown, said Joe MacDonald, public affairs manager.

“It is not at all appealing, it is not welcoming, there’s no sense of neighbourhood. These are holes in the ground that trains run through, and we need to turn them into transit destinations,” he said Monday.

The business group, which includes Eaton Centre owner Cadillac Fairview, presented photographs and an itemized list of its observations to TTC staff last summer. Since then, the group’s streetscape inspector has been regularly touring the five stations alongside transit officials.

But the effort has yet to pay off.

“These people aren’t going to move until there are more than six people paying attention. The property owners and the folks who run businesses in the downtown Yonge community need you to come and enjoy your experience and this is part of it,” MacDonald said.

“When you come downtown from Richmond Hill or Barrie and you get off at Dundas station, your experience has already been soured. Make it look at least presentable and you’ll get off the subway and say, ‘This is OK.’”