Union Station is currently going through a revitalization project aimed at doubling its pedestrian traffic capacity. Significant improvements will include the Union-Pearson Express, a northwest PATH connection, GO Transit concourse expansion, a second TTC subway platform and York Street at-grade improvements for pedestrian flow. The station itself will include a new lower retailer level, more entrances, restored heritage elements and a new pedestrian plaza on Front Street.
As Toronto’s most important transit hub and the public face of downtown Toronto for commuters and international visitors, completing the revitalization to the highest standards originally proposed is essential for the city’s branding. Our organization will continue to support Union Station in any way it can in order to ensure its improved functionality best suits the area.
“Substantial completion” of Union Station Revitalization is planned for early 2018 with handover taking place with Metrolinx for fit up.
The NW PATH extension and aligned York Street improvements were put on hold in 2015. As a major pedestrian exit route heading north along York Street from the revitalized Union Station, over-crowding at street-level will be a safety risk during rush hour.
As of June 2017, three new alignments for the NW PATH are being studied by the City to include design costing and completion as part of the 2018 budget process. The Toronto Financial District BIA will continue to monitor the impact on pedestrian flows and safety along York Street and will work with the City and other stakeholders to ensure short-term mitigations are in place.
OUR POSITION: Elements of the Union Station Revitalization must be completed to finish levels first proposed and approved. Street-level improvements along York Street must be implemented.
Updated July 7, 2017