Union Station Revitalization

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The revitalization of Union Station is in full swing and it’s hard to miss the improvements. The beauty of the restored historic building has livened up Front Street and the newly built, modern and bright York concourse is open and ready for you.

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, which includes an overhaul of the station concourses. For information on their projects, please visit their website.

Our goal in this extensive multi-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. Check out more below. We thank you for your patience as we continue to upgrade and improve Union Station.

Improvements

York Concourse

YORK CONCOURSE

The new, spacious 62,000-square-foot concourse provides almost twice the space of the existing Bay Concourse to help get you where you’re going faster and easier. The York GO Concourse features:

  • New staircases and elevators
  • New Customer Service Counter
  • New PRESTO and ticket vending machines making it easy for you to tap on/off and to buy tickets
  • More departure boards so you can get the travel information you need faster
  • New entrances to street level and the PATH system to get you where you need to go
  • New retail vendors: McCafé, Starbucks, Booster Juice, INA Market, The Bagel Stop and Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake

 
Bay Concourse

BAY CONCOURSE

The Bay Street Concourse was closed for renovations on August 16, 2015. Once completed in spring 2018, the total GO Concourse area (York and Bay Concourses combined) will be triple the original size prior to revitalization work. Improvements include:

  • Better platform access: Customers will be able to access the full length of the platform from the concourse level
  • Connections to the new retail level below
  • An improved, accessible connection to the PATH system through the TTC Union subway station: The new retail level, TTC station entrance, and PATH system will all be at the same level (currently stairs separate the various levels)

Bay Concourse
 
More Stairs and Elevators

MORE STAIRS & ELEVATORS

We continue to build new stairs and elevators to the train platforms, making your trip to and from your train faster and easier. To accommodate ridership growth, improvements include:

  • Existing stairs and elevators will be renovated
  • New stairs and elevators between the concourse and platforms
  • Access to the concourse and platforms from a new York East Teamway (similar to the existing York West Teamway)
  • North-West PATH tunnel is open
  • Concourse access direct to the Great Hall (including escalators)
  • Escalators to the new retail level (opening at a later date).
  • Upon completion, all GO platforms will have elevator access

 
Train Shed Roof

TRAINSHED ROOF

The renovation of the trainshed (the roof covering the platforms and tracks) is a major component of the Union Station renewal project. The objective is to renovate and restore the east and west portions of the shed totaling approximately 30,000 square metres and to replace the central 5,000 square metres of the trainshed with a large glass atrium, providing daylight at platform level. Work on the trainshed roof above the tracks may cause the tracks to close and platforms to change. The trainshed is a designated heritage structure, so we worked with Parks Canada in the overall design, ensuring that the heritage character will be preserved.

The ongoing phased work - over two tracks at a time, from south to north – is scheduled for completion in fall 2017.

Train Shed Roof
 
New Train Signals

NEW TRAIN SIGNALS

Signals are the stoplights of the train network. The current signaling system built in the 1920's continues to operate safely, but is difficult to maintain because most parts are no longer available and cannot meet the demands of today's commuter world.

A modernized system will reduce signal disruptions, improve reliability and allow trains to move faster, while maintaining GO's high safety standards.

This project also includes work on the cable network, retaining walls, maintenance access roads that run parallel to the tracks, and the gas lines that supply heat for snow blowers on rail switches. Target completion date is 2019.

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Union Station Rail Corridor – Construction Season
(2016)