Toronto Union Station modernization complete

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TORONTO – Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver and Ontario Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Michael Coteau joined TTC Chair Josh Colle and TTC CEO Andy Byford to mark the completion of major renovations at the Toronto Transit Commission’s Union Station last week.

About 125,000 people use Union Station each day. 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 and improve passenger circulation.

Construction began in May 2011 and is part of the larger Toronto Waterfront revitalization.

"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," Chairman Josh Colle says. "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."

New station features include:
  • Second subway platform
  • New concourse
  • New fareline and collector booth
  • New elevator and escalators to the new second platform
  • Widened and improved access/exit to/from platforms and concourse
  • Automatic entrance into the Brookfield tunnel
  • Art wall
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Ramped walkways with glazed glass partitions
  • Improved signage
Union Station remained open throughout the project, a challenge that called for close co-ordination with GO Transit and local businesses. The reduction of lanes on Front St. West, from Yonge to York streets, was necessary to excavate to the existing tunnel structure and build the new platform. Crews were required to dig and temporarily support existing watermains, gas lines, sewers and other utilities.

The new Union Station features a spectacular 500-ft. glass art wall, created by Toronto artist Stuart Reid. The mix of black and white images, colored glass, and poetry are created from the artist’s observation and shared experiences with subway riders over the years.

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.

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