Revitalizing Union Station

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Tripling the size of Canada’s busiest transportation hub is an enormous and sometimes messy undertaking. We’re putting you first by trying to minimize service disruptions during the renovation by tackling the construction in phases.

What’s Changing?

With the York Concourse complete and Bay Concourse construction well underway, there is still work to be done to run twice the number of train trips during rush hour and, four times the number of train trips outside of rush hour and on weekends. New signalling systems and larger platforms are just some of the many improvements planned for Union Station to accommodate this massive GO expansion.

Meanwhile, the City of Toronto is working to revitalize the portions of Union Station it owns, including the Great Hall, VIA Concourse and station concourses. For more information on those projects, please visit the City’s website.

We’ve been able to make all of these improvements in a 100-year-old building while keeping transit services moving every single day— which is no easy task. The multi-year project to improve your experience at Union Station will mean some future boarding adjustments as we make it easier to access your train and widen some platforms, create better connections to transit and local attractions, and add more amenities, including retail level and food options.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to upgrade and improve Union Station.

Improvements

Bay Concourse

Bay and York Concourses

Once the Bay Concourse is complete, both Union Station concourses combined will be triple their original size and will feature:

  • Better platform access: ability to access the full length of the platform from the concourse level
  • Connections to a new retail level
  • An improved, accessible connection to downtown Toronto's PATH system through the TTC Union Subway Station

The City of Toronto is renovating the Bay Concourse for us and is planning on handing it over later next year. We’ll then take several months to customize the area – to add to your easy and convenient travel experience with us.

Bay Concourse
 
More Stairs and Elevators

MORE STAIRS & ELEVATORS

To make trips even faster and easier while improving passenger accessibility, we continue to build more stairs and elevators to train platforms. Our improvements include:

  • Renovating existing stairs and elevators
  • Stairs and elevators between the concourse and platforms
  • Additional access to the concourse and platforms from the York East Teamway
  • Direct concourse access to the Great Hall (including escalators)
  • Escalators to the new retail level
  • Elevator access to all GO platforms
More Stairs and Elevators
 
South Platform Grand Canopy

PLATFORM IMPROVEMENTS

Improved platforms mean faster, more frequent and comfortable GO service for all of you. Improvements we’re making include:

  • A new platform to help improve congestion during rush hour and add more capacity to the station
  • An additional concourse area constructed below the new platform
  • Removal of selected tracks to create wider platforms
  • Improved lighting and communications systems
  • A roof structure over the new platform to protect you and GO equipment from weather conditions
  • Improved emergency power system so lights, digital signs and PA systems can run in the event of a power outage
 
Train Shed Roof

Platform Coverage

The train shed (the roof covering the platforms and tracks) is an essential part of Union Station's renewal. The east and west portions of the roof have been renovated and restored, and the centre portion has been replaced with a large glass atrium – providing sunlight to the platform level. Because the train shed is a designated heritage structure, we worked closely with Parks Canada on its renovation and construction.

Train Shed Roof
 
New Train Signals

Signal Improvements

Modernizing our signal system will reduce signal disruptions, improve reliability and allow trains to move faster, to get you where you need to go easily and safely. This project will include 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. We’re anticipating that this work will wrap up in 2019.

NOTICES

CUSTOMER NOTICES

COMMUNITY Information

Union Station Rail Corridor East Enhancements Project – Environmental Assessment

Union Station Rail Corridor – Construction Season (2017)

December 3, 2017: Track Maintenance - Bathurst

November 29, 2017: Signal Modernization - Peter

November 23, 2017: Track Maintenance - Scott

November 23, 2017: Signal Modernization - Don Yard

November 22, 2017: Signal Modernization - Peter

November 22, 2017: Track Maintenance - Parliament

November 20, 2017: Don Yard Expansion

November 16, 2017: Signal Modernization - Peter

November 15, 2017: Don Yard Expansion

November 15, 2017: Track Maintenance - Bathurst

November 14, 2017: Track Maintenance - Parliament

November 10, 2017: Track Maintenance - Sherbourne

November 7, 2017: Signal Modernization - Spadina

November 7, 2017: Don Yard Expansion

November 3, 2017: Signal Modernization - Cherry

October 30, 2017: Signal Modernization - Scott

October 27, 2017: Track Maintenance - Bathurst

October 27, 2017: Track Maintenance - Sherbourne

October 24, 2017: Track Maintenance - Bathurst

October 23, 2017: Signal Modernization - Scott

October 19, 2017: Track Maintenance - Sherbourne

October 16, 2017: Vacuum Truck Between Jarvis Street and the Don River

October 14, 2017: Track Maintenance - Jarvis

October 2, 2017: Signal Modernization - Market

September 27, 2017: Track Maintenance - Bathurst

September 18, 2017: Don Yard Expansion

September 17, 2017: Track Maintenance - Sherbourne

September 15, 2017: Switch Modernization - Scott

September 8, 2017: Switch Modernization - Jarvis

September 1, 2017: Track Maintenance - Strachan

August 26, 2017: Signal Modernization - John

August 26, 2017: Switch Modernization - Jarvis

August 18, 2017: Track Maintenance - Bathurst

August 14, 2017: Signal Modernization - Cherry

August 13, 2017: Vacuum Truck - Jarvis

August 11, 2017: Switch Modernization - Jarvis

August 8, 2017: Signal Modernization - Cherry

August 4, 2017: Track Maintenance - Sherbourne

August 1, 2017: Signal Modernization - Parliament

July 31, 2017: Track Maintenance - Bathurst

July 30, 2017: Track Maintenance - Parliament-Queen

July 26, 2017: Signal Modernization - Sherbourne

July 24, 2017: Vacuum Truck - Cherry