An acronym for the Designated Waiting Area, a well-lit area of all subway platforms on the TTC. The area is furnished with extra benches, telephones, closed-circuit cameras and an intercom so that patrons waiting for trains are not so isolated from transit staff.

DWAs are located in the same place in every subway station as the conductor's car stops within that area. This makes it a convenient place to meet friends when taking the subway.

If everyone is punctual, anyone waiting on the platform can just jump on the train once their friends arrive.