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 executing 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 the City’s website. To learn more about the rich history of Union Station, visit our 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. This revitalization work will create a better commuting experience for our customers, will help meet growing GO ridership demand and support future service increases.

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

Improvements

Bay Concourse

BAY CONCOURSE

The Bay Street Concourse was closed for renovations in 2015. Once completed in summer 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
 
York Concourse

YORK CONCOURSE

The spacious 62,000-square-foot concourse, which opened in April 2015, 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
  • A 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

 
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:

  • The renovation of existing stairs and elevators
  • New stairs and elevators between the concourse and platforms
  • Additional access to the concourse and platforms from a new York East Teamway
  • Direct concourse access to the Great Hall (including escalators)
  • Escalators to the new retail level (opening at a later date).
  • Elevator access to all GO platforms

More Stairs and Elevators
 
South Platform Grand Canopy

PLATFORM IMPROVEMENTS

Making platform level improvements is another way we’re working to provide faster, more frequent and comfortable GO service to customers. These improvements include:

  • A new platform (28/29) added to the station to help improve congestion during rush hour and add more capacity to the station. The new platform will replace a current track on the south side of the station
  • An additional concourse area constructed below the new platform
  • Removal of selected tracks to create wider platforms
  • New lighting and communications systems
  • A roof structure to help protect customers and GO equipment from weather conditions
  • An improved emergency power system to allow lights, digital signs and PA systems to run in the event of a power outage

Infrastructure Ontario has started the procurement process for this portion of the revitalization and updates will be provided as they become available.

 
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 totalling 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. To ensure the character of this designated heritage structure is maintained and preserved, GO Transit has been working closely with Parks Canada on the design and construction of the trainshed roof. The ongoing phased work is scheduled for completion in late 2017.

Work on the trainshed roof may cause selected tracks to close and platforms to change. To see if your train is affected by construction, please visit the platform changes web page.

Train Shed Roof
 
New Train Signals

NEW TRAIN SIGNALS

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

Union Station Rail Corridor – Construction Season (2017)

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 28, 2017: Switch Modernization - Jarvis

July 26, 2017: Signal Modernization - Sherbourne

July 24, 2017: Vacuum Truck - Cherry

July 21, 2017: Don Yard Expansion

July 21, 2017: Switch Modernization - Scott

July 17, 2017: Signal Modernization - Parliament

July 14, 2017: Don Yard Expansion

July 14, 2017: Switch Modernization - Market

July 8, 2017: Signal Modernization - Cherry

July 8, 2017: Don Yard Expansion

July 4, 2017: Switch Modernization - Jarvis

July 1, 2017: Signal Modernization - Cherry

June 21, 2017: Signal Modernization - Cherry

June 14, 2017: Signal Modernization - Cherry

June 9, 2017: Vacuum Truck - Bathurst

June 9, 2017: Track Maintenance - Yonge

June 7, 2017: Signal Modernization - Cherry

June 2, 2017: Don Yard Expansion

June 2, 2017: Track Tie Maintenance - Jarvis

May 31, 2017: Union Station Rail Corridor Signal Modernization

May 26, 2017: Track Tie Maintenance - Bathurst

May 23, 2017: Signal Modernization - Cherry

May 16, 2017: Signal Modernization - Cherry

May 11, 2017: Track Maintenance - Jarvis

May 10, 2017: Signal Modernization - Cherry

May 5, 2017: Track Tie Maintenance - Bathurst