One of my duties as a member of the City's Government Management Committee includes having the responsibility of overseeing the revitalization of one of Toronto's most iconic and historic sites, Union Station. This project has three main objectives: to improve the quality and capacity of pedestrian movement in and around the station; to restore heritage elements; and to transform Union Station into a major destination for shopping, dining and tourism.
This revitalization is one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America with a cost of $796.4 million and is receiving funding from all three levels of government. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $164.5 million, the Government of Ontario is contributing up to $222.8 million through Metrolinx, and the City of Toronto is contributing $406.7 million.
Close to a quarter of a million passengers pass through Union Station on any given day, and this project has progressed with all these people in mind by ensuring adequate passenger flow and safety for all. With the introduction of the Union Pearson Express, we know that this number will grow. We are closing in on the completion of Phase One which will be ready for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. After the Games, Phase Two of this three-phased process will commence with the whole project slated for completion by mid-2017.
Significant work completed to date includes:
- West Wing base building work and transfer of ownership to Metrolinx
- New VIA Panorama Lounge, heritage washrooms, ticket offices, catering area, and baggage handling system
- Significant excavation for the new retail level, including 255 of 278 column replacements for Phase One
- The York GO Concourse is expected to open for public use in early Spring 2015
- Implementation of a new mechanical and electrical system
- Phase One of the North West Path is substantially complete and ready for interface with Union Station
- Centre Block and West Wing exterior façade restoration