TORONTO – After years construction and cost delays, dignitaries recently marked the completion of Toronto’s Union Station Revitalization Project with the final piece of the project, the revitalized Bay Concourse at Union Station, reopening to the public July 27.
The $824 million project includes more than triple the original size of the GO Concourse space for commuters; an addition of about 160,000 square feet of new retail space; a new food court under the York Concourse; a revitalized VIA Concourse and Panorama Lounge; installation of the Front Street, York Street and Bay Street glass moat covers; expanded PATH access; two new bike parking stations; and restored and preserved heritage elements throughout the station.
The new Bay Concourse is more than 50 per cent larger compared to the original at about 60,000 square feet.
Union Station continued to operate throughout construction, serving more than 300,000 visitors per day pre-pandemic. The project also created thousands of jobs.
Minor updates and cosmetic work will continue until the end of July 2021, at which point the project will conclude, states a release, adding the work will not impact customers and patrons visiting the station.
“After years of extensive work on this difficult project, the Union Station revitalization is now complete, and the last piece of the revitalization – the Bay Concourse – is opening to the public,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory in a statement. “Union Station is now ready to more completely welcome people back to downtown Toronto and back to work as we move ahead with the reopening. Thank you to residents and commuters for their patience as we pushed through this renovation of the largest commuter hub in Canada that is itself more than a century old. Now, Union Station is a place where residents, commuters and tourists can choose to hang out, shop, dine and experience unique art and culture installations and performances all while having access to an extensive transit system that stretches across Toronto and beyond our city.”