About Union Station
Situated in Toronto on Front Street between Bay and York, Union Station
is the major inter-city transportation hub of the Greater Toronto and
Hamilton Area (GTHA). The station sees over 200,000 travelers a day, the
majority being commuters from all over the GTHA.
Union Station facilitates rail service from Via Rail, Amtrak, Ontario
Northland, and GO Transit. With the adjoining TTC station and GO Bus
Terminal, Union Station earns the title of busiest passenger transportation
facility in Canada.
The ownership of Union Station has been shared between the City of
Toronto and GO Transit since 2000. The City of Toronto owns the station
building, while the trainshed, platforms, and tracks are owned by GO
Together with the City of Toronto, GO Transit is undertaking an exciting
revitalization of Union Station. The station building and trainshed will be
transformed into a modern interpretation of a historical landmark.
Passengers can expect new staircases, additional vertical access points, and
an overhaul of the look and feel of the station platforms and concourses.
Preserving the historical elements of this almost century-old building is
integral in the redesign.
To learn more, please visit the
GO Transit and
Toronto Union Station Revitalization pages.
Union Station is deeply embedded in Toronto history. The current building
opened its doors in 1927, although its history dates back to 1858 with the
debut of the first of three stations. The Union Station we know today was
designed in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts style by a team of architects composed
of the Montreal Firm of G.A. Ross and R.H. Macdonald, Hugh Jones of the CPR
and John M. Lyle of Toronto. Its construction was commissioned by the
Canadian Pacific Railway and Grand Trunk Railways.
In over 150 years, Union Station has survived the Great Toronto Fire of
1904, hosted concerts, appeared as the backdrop in featured films and most
of all, has served travelers near and far.
Union Station has a total gross floor area of approximately 706,426 sq.
ft., servicing 41 km of track, and 6 km of station platforms. To help
navigate the network of tracks, concourse, and platforms, see the map below.
(Click image to enlarge)