Although there is still more work to be done, progress is being made revitalizing Union Station.
With less than 10 days to go before the opening of the Pan Am Games, major renovations were unveiled Thursday afternoon.
About 125,000 people use Union Station every day and officials say the addition of a second subway platform and expansion of the concourse to include a single TTC fare-paid area and pedestrian by-pass routes, have helped to reduce overcrowding, while improving passenger circulation.
And that’s important as the city gets ready to welcome an influx of visitors for the upcoming games.
Construction began about 4 years ago and is part of the larger Toronto Waterfront revitalization. Some of the other new station features include widened and improved access/exit to/from platforms and concourse, improved signage, and a new elevator and escalators to the new second platform.
Union Station kept it’s doors open during construction.
The $137.5 million subway station portion of the project was funded by the City of Toronto, Province of Ontario and Government of Canada through Waterfront Toronto.
“Union Station is the hub of public transit in the GTA and so plays a pivotal role in Toronto’s future. That is why our Conservative Government invested $133 million in the Union Station revitalization project. The upgrades include a new platform, track and signal improvements and accessibility and roof enhancements, new retail space, PATH connections and exterior design refinements. They will create a better traveling experience for everyone and help reduce traffic gridlock throughout the region.” – Hon. Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the GTA
“I’m proud of our government’s commitment to investing in public infrastructure to promote economic growth today and tomorrow. These investments are improving quality of life across the province and it’s fantastic to see projects like this one – and the new Union Pearson Express – ready in time to welcome the world to the TORONTO2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games this summer.” – Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport/Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
“The new concourse and second platform at Union station will provide TTC customers with a modern, convenient and less-crowded subway station for their commute. Thanks to our federal and provincial partners and our hard-working TTC staff, over 100,000 TTC passengers who travel through Union subway station daily will have a more pleasant journey. Our customers deserve modern and convenient facilities and we are working hard to deliver that.” – Councillor Josh Colle, TTC Chair