Union Station welcomed passengers travelling between the GO York Concourse to the TTC subway on Sunday via a new glass-covered underground pathway.
In what Metrolinx is calling on its website “a better way” to get to the TTC and “a sign of progress in (the) station’s transformation,” the new tunnel — or “moat” — will run below Front St. while the lower level of Union is closed off for construction until December.
The change is necessary to “improve the flow of pedestrian traffic and to allow construction work on the revitalization project to progress,” according to the City of Toronto website.
Anne Marie Aikins, the senior media manager at Metrolinx, tweeted that staff will be available to assist and guide commuters at the station.
The route change means commuters leaving Union will be directed north of the York Concourse (near Tim Hortons) where they will be able to access the TTC. Commuters can also exit to Front St. and enter the subway station from street level.
Over the next six months, commuters can expect a glass roof to be built in the east of the Front St. tunnel, stairs to the Bay retail level, improved access to the TTC subway station and 12 additional retail spaces in the station, according to the City of Toronto website.
Once completed, the “moat” will enclose the space between Union Station and the TTC entrance making it an interior space.
The Union Station revitalization program is an $800-million city initiative. It is also supported by investments of $191.8 million from the provincial government and $164 million from the federal government.