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TTC’s Union Station on track for second platform this summer

5/23/14 6:00 AM

Amid the ongoing and necessary debate about transit expansion, it is easy to forget how much transit-related construction is already underway.

In addition to projects like the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension and the Metrolinx Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the TTC is busy working on a large number of construction and expansion projects.

On Tuesday (May 20), I previewed the second platform under construction at Union Station that will provide much-needed additional capacity to one of our busiest subway stations.

Union Station was the southern terminal for the original section of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina). It was constructed over 60 years ago with a single, and very narrow, centre platform that, today, struggles to cope with a daily customer throughput greater than that handled by Pearson International Airport.

It was good to visit the site and to see first-hand just how much progress is being made. Contractors are now working on the finishes to the new platform that will eventually service Yonge northbound trains when it opens this summer.

After that, we will progressively refurbish the existing University-bound platform, moving stairs and escalators to provide more space. The plan is to have the new ticketing and mezzanine area – the entire subway station, in fact, including access to the 509 and 510 streetcars – finished in time for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games next summer.

Add to that, continuing work to build elevators, second exits and the construction of the new streetcar maintenance and storage facility – The Leslie Barns – and these are indeed busy times at the TTC.

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