GO Concourse Improvements

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In late 2014, GO Transit will officially open the York Concourse on the west side of Union Station. Currently, the City of Toronto is finishing the construction, and once complete, the concourse will be officially turned over to GO Transit. We will open this space to the public after installing furniture, departure/arrival boards, PRESTO machines, customer service stalls, and other amenities.

The new concourse will feature the following improvements:

  • 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)
  • NW PATH connection will be open, supplementing the existing PATH entrance through the TTC
  • Concourse access direct to the Great Hall (including escalators)
  • Escalators to the new retail level

Once the York Concourse is operational, the existing Bay Street Concourse will close to enable revitalization construction. Current construction schedules estimate that the Bay Concourse will reopen in late 2015. Once both concourses are complete, the total concourse area will be triple what it is today – in anticipation of the doubling of Union Station passengers that is expected by 2030. Improvements include:

  • Increased platform access, the concourses will correspond with the full length of a 10-12 car GO train (currently the concourse only services the four east-end cars)
  • Concourses will extend to the south end of the station (currently the concourse only services the five north-end tracks)
  • Each concourse will connect to the Union Station Great Hall and the new retail level below
  • Improved connection to the PATH system through the TTC Union subway station
  • New PATH connection from the north-west corner of Union Station at York Street
  • The new retail level, TTC station entrance, and PATH system will all be at the same level (currently stairs separate the various levels)

CURRENT STATUS: September 2014

  • The York Concourse is currently under construction

PROJECT TIMELINE

  • City of Toronto Construction Started: June 2010
  • GO Transit Assumes York Concourse/Closure of Bay Concourse: Early 2015
  • Opening of the New Bay Concourse: Late 2015