Project Progress Information

Below you will find information about the ongoing project.

In advance of the July, 2015 Pan Am Games

  • Expected completion of the Union Station Second Platform and Concourse Improvements Project.


  • New second platform is scheduled to open.

October 2013:

  • Bulk excavation for Union Station Second Platform completed.

June 2013

  • York Street closes at Front Street for City of Toronto PATH construction.
  • Brookfield Place entrance closes. A temporary staircase and walkway is constructed to accommodate pedestrian flow from the Bay West Teamway to Front Street.
  • The “lift” located at Brookfield Place closes. A new ramp from the west end of the moat to the new concourse opens.

May 2013

  • Automatic entrance at the east end of the moat and remaining two easterly sets of doors close.
  • Three new westerly sets of doors open to accommodate pedestrian flow through the moat.
  • The easterly stairwell entrance/exit at the south-west corner of Front Street and Bay Street closes.
  • A temporary walkway and staircase is constructed to provide a safe and alternate means to get to Front Street and Bay Street from the moat.

March 2013

  • The southbound bus stop on Bay Street south of Front Street serving the 6 Bay and 509 Harbourfront routes is relocated to the north side of Front Street.
  • 72A Pape buses divert Church, Wellington, York, King, Church, The Esplanade, servicing stops outside King and St Andrew Stations due to road restrictions on Bay Street at Front Street.
  • Hoarding is installed in the mid-point of the pathway to Brookfield Place to facilitate the building of a new automatic entrance, which will serve the east end of the newly expanded subway platform.

December 2012

  • Bay Street closes between Lake Shore Boulevard West and Wellington Street for two weeks to complete site and roadway re-configuration.
  • Modifications to the road decking on Front Street are constructed to maintain through traffic on Front Street. 

October 2012

  • Two lanes close on Front Street from east of Bay Street to York Street to allow for excavation of the second platform. One through east/west lane is maintained.
  • East/west turning restrictions from Bay Street to Front Street are established.
  • North/south through traffic on Bay Street is maintained.
  • Pedestrian access on the south side of Front Street is restricted.

June 2012

  • The westerly collector booth closes to allow for continued excavation of the second platform. A new collector booth is constructed in the Royal Bank rotunda to service customers.
  • Additional hoarding is erected in the concourse at Union Station.

February 2012

  • The “Lift” at Union subway station (from the moat level to the station concourse level) is removed to accommodate upcoming construction phases affecting space within the concourse area. Customers can use an alternative “Lift” located at Brookfield Place (directional signs are posted throughout the station).

April 2011

  • Removal of Front and Bay Street medians is completed. Front Street and Bay Street traffic restrictions are established in the intersection, reducing traffic movement to one lane in each direction.

February 2011

  • Construction to commence the week of February 20th. The nature of the work involves site mobilization, a pre-construction condition survey, pre-construction of existing sewers, installation of hoarding in the north-west section of the concourse and the removal of the Front Street centre median. 

January 2011

  • Construction Contract U2-7 awarded to EllisDon Corporation.

November 2010

  • Contract award anticipated in December 2010
  • Construction to commence in early 2011
  • Details will be posted prior to the start of construction. 

April 2010

  • Construction of the sewer relocation is complete.
  • The design phase of the contract is complete.
  • The construction contract is currently out for tender with a closing date of July 21, 2010.

March 2008

  • Sewer Relocation - Preliminary construction work completed.

June 2, 2006

  • Sewer relocation - Preliminary construction work to begin

January 11, 2005

The TTC received the following approvals for the Union Subway Station Second Platform and Concourse Improvements Project:

  • The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act requirements were met and Decision Report was issued by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) on September 22, 2004. The Minister of the Environment granted a Declaration Order on December 8, 2004.
  • On November 17, 2004 the TTC approved the conceptual design and authorized staff to present the concept to the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation (TWRC) to obtain funding approval in the amount of $90 million.
  • The TWRC Board at its December 2, 2004 meeting unanimously approved the TTC's $90 million project.

December 5, 2003

  • Under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act, the TTC is requesting a “Declaration Order”, due to the positive impact of the Project. On December 1, 2003, TTC submitted the Declaration Order Request and Background Report to the Ontario Minister of the Environment. The Background Report includes a description of the project and its expected environmental impacts, as well as TTC’s commitments to mitigate (reduce) these impacts and to conduct ongoing public consultation.

Exhibit Panels:

  1. "Yonge-University-Spadina Subway Map"
  2. "Overview Plan"
  3. "Moat Photographs"

June 24, 2003
Public Open House, Royal Bank Plaza, Toronto

  • On June 24, 2003 the TTC held a public open house to introduce the TTC Union Subway Station Second Platform and Concourse Improvements Project. The public were provided the opportunity to review the options that were considered for the addition of a second platform and reconfiguration of the concourse area. Almost 1,000 people attended, viewed the information panels and talked with TTC project staff.

Your comments will assist our project team in the planning and design of the Union Subway Station Second Platform and Concourse Improvements Project.

Here's what you had to say:

  • “The best way to deal with overcrowding is to add a second subway platform and to expand the concourse area to include a single TTC fare-paid area and pedestrian by-pass routes.”
  • “The project should proceed as quickly as possible and construction impacts should be kept to a minimum.”
  • “Co-ordination is needed between TTC, GO Transit & VIA Rail services and facilities.”
  • “Enhanced station access for persons with disabilities is important.”