It's Time For U - Union Station Revitalization
Imagine a train station that's bright and airy, allowing thousands of
passengers to easily pass through on a daily basis, getting to and from
destinations quickly, comfortably, and effortlessly.
We continue to move forward with an extensive project that will
revitalize Union Station, while maintaining the historical significance
of the building and creating a better commuter experience for you.
The revitalization of the train shed roof is a critical component of
The Big Move, Metrolinx's
regional transportation plan, which will dramatically improve how people
move in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
It starts from the top
The most noticeable aspect of the Union Station Revitalization
project will be the natural light streaming through the new roof and
glass atrium that is being built over the passenger platforms and railway
tracks. The innovative design for the new train shed roof has received a 2012 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.
You can also expect new staircases, additional vertical access
points, and an overhaul of the platforms and
station concourses. While we're at it, we're constructing the tracks,
signals, platform, and station for the
Union Pearson (UP) Express. Preserving the historical elements of this almost
century-old building is also part of the plan.
In parallel to the work we're doing, the City of Toronto is
undertaking a major revitalization project to the portions of Union
Station owned by them. For information on their projects, please
Meanwhile, the TTC is constructing a second platform in their
station. For information regarding their project, please
visit their website.
We're putting you first
Our goal in this extensive five year revitalization plan is to put
you first. To do this we are staging construction in phases to minimize
service disruptions and inconvenience to you. Construction will begin on
the south side of the train platform area and over the next several
years will progress to the north side of the building.
"It's like trying to do surgery on a patient while they're
running a marathon." Mike Wolczyk, Director, Union Station
During this time, you will see platforms, stairs, doors and tracks
cordoned off. When the rebuilding of each area is complete, the track
will be reinstated and the work will shift to the next two tracks and
adjacent platform. For more detailed information, please see our
special Union Station edition of GO News.
Throughout the construction period and onwards, we are committed to
providing clear and user-friendly signage to help you navigate in and
around Union Station. This signage will notify you of platform closures
and navigation routes or different travel options, and will be updated
as each phase of the construction project takes place.
We also promise to keep you informed. As this elaborate project
develops and as timelines and information become available, we will use
every communication channel we have to let you know what's going on and
what to expect.
Check out our up-to-date progress photos from the train shed
August 2013: Spacing Toronto,
Union Station, Revisited
November 2013: Advantage Steel (pg. 22),
Steelwork on Display