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City of Toronto marks end of 11-year, $824M Union Station revitalization project

After years of delays and main building work to overtake the 94-year-old Union Station in downtown Toronto, officers have introduced the completion of the mammoth project.

“This has been an extremely difficult revitalization, however at the moment represents an excellent day not only for the town of Toronto however all the GTHA (Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area) as a result of hundreds of individuals come via Union Station on their travels,” Mayor John Tory advised reporters on Tuesday.

“This was no straightforward job. Throughout the revitalization, probably the most outstanding factor is Union Station has remained open … We saved the constructing open, we saved the transit operating and we accomplished an extremely advanced renovation on a historic project.”

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On Tuesday, officers marked the opening of the brand new GO Transit concourse off of Bay Street.

Throughout the course of the project, which started in 2009, crews have divided the work up into sections to keep away from shutting down the station. During the course of the project, officers mentioned there have been financing points with contractors in addition to provide chain issues that prolonged the final word inside completion date by a number of years (beforehand forecast to be largely accomplished in 2017). The ultimate price range of $824 million additionally grew from the preliminary value of $640 million.

When requested concerning the historical past of the project, one which began earlier than he grew to become mayor, Tory defended the work performed as half of the project.

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“In the end, in case you have a look at the return this can pay in phrases of improved transportation, financial exercise and so forth, I believe it’s going to be a very good funding. It’s a much bigger funding than we thought,” he mentioned.

Highlights of the finished heritage project embrace tripling the quantity of house for GO Transit clients with the brand new concourses off of York and Bay streets, digging underneath Union Station to create a brand new stage of retail which provides round 160,000 sq. ft of industrial house, the creation of a brand new meals courtroom, a renovated Via Rail concourse and lounge, set up of glass-covered moats alongside three sides of the constructing to supply safety from the climate, new accesses to the underground PATH system and two new bike storage areas.

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Other main tasks at and close to Union Station up to now decade included the growth of the TTC’s Union subway station with the creation of a brand new platform, the opening of the brand new Union Station GO bus terminal on the nook of Bay Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West and the creation of a brand new UP Express station on the east

Officials estimated roughly 500,000 individuals a day will journey via Union Station post-pandemic.

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However, regardless of the completion of works contained in the station beneath observe stage, there’ll nonetheless be quite a bit of growth work to return within the subsequent decade.

Phil Verster, the CEO of Metrolinx — the federal government company that runs GO Transit and UP Express, mentioned there’s a lot of work that shall be performed on the platform stage to vastly improve capability.

He mentioned pre-pandemic there have been about 2,000 practice journeys throughout all the GO Transit community and plenty of of these trains handed via Union Station. With growth plans for the regional transit group to fulfill rising ridership calls for, it’s estimated there shall be about 6,000 practice journeys after 10 years.

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Verster mentioned over the following eight to 10 years, the platform stage will should be reconfigured and expanded to accommodate the surge in practice journeys. He additionally mentioned a brand new southern concourse and entry factors will should be constructed.

“While I’m conscious of how individuals really feel about how lengthy work has taken at Union, I don’t need individuals to be alarmed by the very fact we now have extra work to do however we now have extra work to do,” he mentioned.


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