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At Christie, It’s Two-Parts Escalator and One-Part Stairs

accessttc.jpgTTC stations can either be accessible, or not. Except for Christie Station, shown here. It’s neither not accessible nor accessible.
It’s as if the TTC ran out of escalator: There’s an escalator that almost reaches the station floor, followed by a short flight of stairs. At the transfer point (no transfer required though), there’s a small platform in which to rest. What gives?
Christie is different for several reasons. On October 15, 1976, a subway train caught on fire in the station, causing many of the tiles to be replaced. The train was a victim of arson, just before making one of its last runs of the night. It can be seen here. The fire was fairly significant, destroying four subways and closing a section of the Bloor-Danforth line for a number of days. This, however, did not affect the escalator completion (it in fact pre-dated it). So, without any further voice on the issue, chalk this one up to lethargic efforts by escalator architects. Unless there’s something we’re missing on the matter?

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