The government is spending a $250 million dollars to renovate the shed behind Union Station where the trains stop. The project will be no easy feat because presently the new model of trains won’t fit in the current structure and the structure is protect by National Historic Site status meaning, they can’t alter the arches surrounding the structure.
The province wants to replace the current diesel trains with electric but the overhead space needed to accommodate the wires at Union Station are too low by a matter of inches.
One option is to adapt the wires to fit under the arches, perhaps using a rigid rail instead of wires or to dig up the tracks and lower them allowing the trains to fit under the arches.
Is the cost of preserving the historic integrity of the station justified?
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