For the last four years, Union Station has been hell for commuters with all that construction going down in the TTC. Union Station is already as congested enough as it is, especially during rush hour, and the construction didn't make it any better. Approximately 125,000 TTC customers use Union Station each and everyday, making it one of the busiest transportation hubs in the city. And luckily for all of those people, the TTC recently announced changes that will make your commute a lot easier!
At last, Union has unveiled their second subway platform! Your rush hour commute is going to be a lot less stressful, as the station's capacity has now doubled with the existence of this second platform. You won't have to feel like a sardine making your way through the busy subway station with all your fellow frustrated commuters anymore.
"The new concourse and second platform at Union station will provide TTC customers with a modern, convenient and less-crowded subway station for their commute," said TTC chairman Josh Colle. The modernization includes a second subway platform, an expanded concourse with a single TTC fare-paid area, and improved signage. Thanks to these improvements, your daily TTC commute through Union will be a much more "pleasant journey".
Also, if you haven't already seen, the new and improved subway station features a unique glass art wall by Toronto artist, Stuart Reid, which reflects his shared experiences with other TTC passengers over the years. Some people find it depressing, but it's actually quite beautiful. Here's a photo courtesy of Torontoist:
Despite the end of the TTC construction, Union Station still has a lot more going on. A larger renovation project, including an expansion of the GO concourse and the creation of a new PATH system connecting Union to Wellington Street, is expected to be completed in 2017. We can't wait to see how beautiful Union will be in the next two years!