Subway platform expansion to move more people
through Union Station, quickly and safely
The expansion of the Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC) Union Subway Station will double the size of the current subway platform and improve the flow of TTC and GO Transit commuter and tourist traffic through the City's most important transit hub. The expansion will accommodate future passenger flows, which are expected to increase 80 to 90 per cent by 2021.
Key features of the expansion include:
- separation of east and westbound TTC subway platforms by the addition of a second platform in the Union Subway Station
- a pedestrian corridor for GO Transit riders to bypass TTC's paid area
- improved connections to the Harbourfront Light Rapid Transit (LRT) system
- full accessibility at all levels of the TTC Union Subway Station
- better access to TTC fare lines and a revised concourse layout.
This larger, safer and more efficient Union Subway Station will accommodate higher volumes of TTC, GO Transit and LRT passengers. As Toronto's population grows over the next 25 years and TTC and GO Transit ridership increases, this expansion will set the stage for future public transit improvements to accommodate commuter traffic to and from a vibrant new Port Lands district.
An enhanced TTC and GO Transit system is a key cornerstone of environmentally sustainable development in the City, with Union Subway Station the focal point for travel through downtown Toronto. Increased traffic flows through Union Station's TTC and GO Transit concourses are key components of the overall waterfront renewal plan.
Substantial planning has been underway and redevelopment plans were simplified by the City's acquisition of Union Station in 2000. In 1999, the TTC completed a feasibility study for this project and in September 2000, it approved a $600,000 commitment to proceed with preliminary planning and conceptual design in conjunction with City and GO Transit. An intergovernmental agreement is being negotiated to proceed with the project on a priority basis.
Construction to relocate the Low Level Intercepter trunk sanitary sewer is underway. Design and preparation of construction contracts for the new platform and mezzanine will be completed in 2008. Union Subway Station's new platform and mezzanine will open to passengers in 2012.
The project is being overseen by Waterfront Toronto and managed by the TTC.