The project has been ongoing since the past nine years and many commuters have accepted that this the revitalization and expansion project at Toronto Union Station will always be a work in progress, but now officials say the $823-million revitalization and expansion project will be completed by the end of September 2020.
The expansion part of the project saw contractors dig out a whole new basement level below the entire station to noticeably increase the amount of retail and commercial space as well as build new passenger concourses — all while crews restored major heritage elements of the 92-year-old structure.
Most of the remaining work focuses on just a few areas: the new Bay passenger concourse, the retail level west of Bay Street and new glass moat and walkway covers.
At the Bay concourse, there will be triple the amount of space for passengers, as well as improved platform access points and new customer service counters. The new retail level will extend east from the recently-opened food court under the York concourse and will see two commercial zones.
Now that there is an end in sight for this part of the project, next to be tackled is increasing train capacity at the station to accommodate proposed regional express rail projects. -CINEWS