08/31/2013 03:40 EDT | Updated 10/31/2013 05:12 EDT

Pape station reopens after 12-day closure

Pape subway station reopened on Saturday after a 12-day closure to expedite the extensive renovation that’s slated to be completed later this year.

“It looks a lot cleaner and nicer,” one TTC passenger told the CBC’s Travis Dhanraj. “You have to go out of your way a little bit but I think they’ve accommodated us.”

The decision to close the station along the Bloor-Danforth line came as a result of an earlier TTC web poll asking riders how they wanted to proceed with the final stages of construction.

A resounding 52 per cent of riders supported temporarily closing the station.

The TTC’s original date for the closure was postponed after a province-wide labour dispute in which 800 tile setters walked off the job in early June.

The repairs to Pape station began in 2009 and have been a long and slow process. Earlier crews discovered structural issues underground, as well as oil in the soil.

No sleep

Kerry Milligan has lived across the street from the station for two months and says she’s complained to the city about the noise.

“I can’t get over how loud it is,” Millingan said. “I haven’t had a night’s sleep since moving here.”

Several city departments have been involved in the upgrades that include a second exit, bicycle parking, a new weather-protected bus waiting area and a Tim Hortons.

Milligan said she’s “skeptical” about the TTC meeting their deadline for the work being completed.

“They’ve got a lot to do and I don’t know if it will be done in December,” she said.