Union Station has a new look, and GO Transit trains are getting a makeover; but unfortunately this is not a match made in heaven for Metrolinx.
GO Transit has revealed that the new electric trains will not fit under the new roof at Union Station. The ongoing project has cost over a quarter billion dollars so far, and will cost tax payers even more now due to these complications. Unfortunately for the building planners, it is not as simple as raising the roof.
The old steel arches that span the shed are too low. Engineers can’t take them out because the station is a National Historic Site and the old station, built in 1929-30, is considered a heritage feature. That means that no alterations can occur to the original structure, or the trussing around the station.
A few remedies have been proposed, such as digging the tracks lower, or adjusting the features of the train that are on top, but each of these come with their own complications. It seems that the Union Station revitalization project will continue to have delays while officials workout this latest issue.
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