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New Kipling bus terminal opens to MiWay buses, January 4



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^ Image, MiWay

Starting Monday, January 4, 2021, Metrolinx and MiWay are opening a new bus terminal at the TTC’s Kipling Station.

That day, most MiWay buses that now operate to and from Islington Station will, instead, drop off or pick up passengers in the new terminal.

According a post by Teresa Ko, Metrolinx senior communications advisor, on the Metrolinx News blog, “Opening the bus terminal is part of transforming Kipling GO Station into a transit hub that enables seamless transit connections to GO rail and future GO bus service, MiWay bus and TTC subway and bus all in one convenient location. Once the Kipling Transit Hub is complete, getting to and from the Kipling GO train to the bus terminal will be easier thanks to the new elevated pedestrian bridge that goes over the tracks and connects to the train platform.”

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^ View of the bus platforms on the south side of the Kipling bus terminal. Image: Metrolinx

Amenities include washrooms, open bike parking, secure bike lockers, an indoor waiting area with seating and digital screens with bus- and train-schedule information.

GO Transit buses will also serve the terminal “in the future”.

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^ View of the Kipling bus terminal on the south side. Image, Metrolinx

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^ North side of Kipling bus terminal. Image Metrolinx

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^ Indoor waiting area of the Kipling bus terminal. Image, Metrolinx

You can also access the entry building of the bus terminal from a pedestrian path at the end of Subway Crescent, south of Dundas Street West.

The sidewalks and bus loop include a snow-melting system and covered exterior waiting areas help protect you against the elements.

From inside the terminal, you can view the green roof, which contractors completed this past summer, part of the project’s overall plan to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

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^ The green roof on top of Kipling bus terminal. Image: Metrolinx

According to James Schick, a Metrolinx manager, “Our next focus is to complete finishing touches on the bus terminal, prepare for GO bus service in 2021 and work on other improvements planned at the hub. Customers can expect to see the remaining changes harmonize with what we have built so far as we get closer to project completion.”

A new underground pedestrian tunnel between Kipling GO bus terminal and to the TTC passenger pick-up and drop-off (or “kiss and ride”) is opening soon.

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Contractors are also completing a new parking lot northeast of the new bus terminal, including the kiss and ride and taxi areas. Later this year, a private driveway will open at the new signalized intersection at Acorn Avenue to provide direct access from Dundas Street West into the new parking lot and kiss and ride.

Meanwhile, GO continues to renovate the train station.


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^ Image, MiWay

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Transit Toronto will provide more information about MiWay service to and from the terminal later this month.

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^ Platform layout for MiWay buses at the new Kipling Terminal, starting January 4, 2021. The terminal includes space for “future GO bus service”.

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