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Union Station improvement project: Construction continues, May 3



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Metrolinx continues its project to improve Union Station. Contractors are upgrading the platform and concourse levels, Metrolinx says, “to give you more efficient, frequent and comfortable” GO Transit service.

Work continues to improve stairs, elevators, platforms, tracks and access to prepare the station for the GO Expansion Program.

Contractors are:

  • removing heritage steel;
  • installing overhead lighting;
  • building a new south concourse;
  • widening platforms;
  • increasing vertical access; and
  • upgrading passenger communications systems.

Starting “the first week of May” (possibly as early as Monday, May 3), contractors start several new phases of the project. This may change how you make your way around the station:

  • A work zone blocks the doors between the southwest side of the York Concourse and the stairs to platforms 24-27.
  • Look for directional signs in the area to guide you to platforms 24 - 27 from the southwest side of the York Concourse.
  • From the southwest side of the York Concourse, proceed to York Street, head south (turn left) and, after about 10 metres, head east (turn left).
  • Look for directional signs in the area to guide you to the south side of the York Concourse from platforms 24 - 27.
  • From the bottom of the stairs to platforms 24 - 27, proceed to York Street, head north (turn right) and, after about 10 metres, head east (turn right).
  • Sections of fencing will also be in parts of the walkways on the west side of York Street and the walkway on the east side of Bay Street, when it opens later this year.

  • A work zone blocks parts of the station pathways to make space to convert two heritage freight elevators and a heritage freight-elevator enclosure into stairs.
  • According to Metrolinx, when open, the three new stairways “will make it easier and more efficient for you to get to and from platform 20/21.”
  • Platform 20/21, currently almost exclusively for VIA Rail Canada service, will become a platform for both VIA and GO passengers, when construction is complete “towards the end of this year” (meaning construction continues as late as until December 31).
  • A work zone blocks the walkway on the east side of Bay Street (Bay East Teamway).
  • The walkway is closed for construction “until later in 2021” (meaning construction continues as late as until December 31). The work zone blocks all stairs between train platforms and the walkway. However, the entrance to the Union Station Bus Terminal from Bay Street remains open.
  • If you use the walkway on the east side of Bay Street to access train platforms, here are your options during the closure.
  • When boarding your train at Union Station:
  • You can access platforms 4 to 13 and platforms 24 to 27 from the walkway on the west side of Bay Street (Bay West Teamway).
  • Plan your new route in advance and give yourself extra time.
  • When exiting your train at Union Station:
  • The exits at the east end of the platform are closed for construction.
  • Directional signs will guide you so you can safely exit the platform.
  • Don’t enter construction areas, remember to stay behind the yellow line and don’t cross train tracks.

  • Metrolinx says, “Your safety is our top priority. We’re committed to closely monitoring the number of [passengers] on our vehicles and in our stations and we will re-open the walkway on the east side of Bay Street early”, if necessary.
  • It’s renovating the walkway by replacing the ceiling, flooring, windows and doors and improving digital signs.
  • The walkway will connect the new Union Station Bus Terminal with a future commercial tower at 141 Bay Street.

  • A work zone continues to block the stairs to platform 3 from the walkway on the west side of Bay Street (Bay West Teamway) during repairs.

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The City of Toronto is also working on a project to revitalize the parts of Union Station it owns, including the Bay Concourse, Great Hall and VIA Concourse. ^ Click to enlarge.

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