Now a dozen years into what feels like endless construction, Toronto’s Union Station is ready for even more changes that will keep the country’s most iconic transit hub a dusty work zone for at least a few more years.
It was only six months ago that the infinite construction was announced as complete, but all known was fully aware that this was a misleading statement, the completion of the Union Station Revitalization Project represents only one facet of a complex, multi-phase modernization for Beaux-Arts landmarks.
That aspect of the 90-year-old station’s remodeling and expansion lasted from 2010 to 2021, delivering rebuilt York and Bay Concourses along with a new Union Station Bus Terminal.
And if you thought it was over, you may be disappointed to hear that there are now a few more years of construction on the horizon.
Metrolinx shared news of the next phase of construction scheduled for the iconic transit hub on Monday, announcing the signing of a procurement agreement for the correspondingly named Union Station Enhancement Project (USEP).
As part of the broader GO expansion program, this significant project is being carried out in phases, including work on a new south aisle connecting Bay and York, adding new track-level canopies, expanding platforms and improving both accessibility and communication.
With Monday’s announcement of a project team, construction is now ready to begin in February.
“We are very excited to see this project move into major construction in February,” said Trevor Anderson, program sponsor for Union Station.
“This project will improve access and connectivity at the station, which will greatly benefit our customers, our stakeholders and all Union Station users.”
The work is expected to continue at the end of 2025, which means we will have to wait over three years before another construction project is completed at the station.
What was once an exclusive VIA platform will be the first change that passengers will experience at the beginning of this year, and it will now be converted to allow improved GO service, while other platforms will be taken out of service to expand.
This updated platform 20/21 goes into service for both VIA and GO Transit passengers on 16 February, freeing up platforms 24/25 and 26/27 for expansion.
In the coming years, USEP will add two new platforms to the station, a new pair of southern tracks, improved access points and an uninterrupted southbound lane connecting the existing York, Bay and VIA concourses as well as Union Square and the Scotiabank Galleria.