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When will the Union Station renovations be done?

Posted by Derek Flack / May 26, 2014

Union Station renovationsThe renovation pain at Union Station might last longer than initially projected, according to a report in the Globe today. If you've wondered when things will get better as you've been stuck in a sea of people entering Toronto's busiest transportation hub, the latest news is that you might be crowdsurfing beyond the 2015 Pan Am Games, the deadline initially established for the revitalization of the train station. In what might seem like a familiar Toronto story, tension between the City and the company hired to carry out the work on Union Station has bogged down the renovation effort and allegedly cost millions in unnecessary repairs.

"Walls would be built without knowing someone needed to do work behind it, so then they'd have to tear it down, do the work, and rebuild it," says an unnamed source in the Globe. What this means for commuters isn't entirely clear, but the whole things sounds like it's become quite the mess, which should be worrying to those who use the station on a daily basis. While city officials claim confidence in the ability to finish the job for the Pan Am Games, there is apparently no approved work schedule. Needless to say, that's not the best way to hit deadlines. Throw in the Gardiner construction, and Toronto has the commuter blues as bad as it ever has.

Photo by Ben Roffelsen in the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

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BONSAI43 / May 26, 2014 at 09:36 am
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TORONTO HAS BECOME A CONSTRUCTION NIGHTMARE - HEADS SHOULD ROLE AND COMPANIES SHOULD BE FINED OVER INCOMPETENCE IN PLANNING AND DELAYS!! THEY ARE SIMPLY PADDING THEIR WALLETS!!
Reggie / May 26, 2014 at 09:37 am
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The deadline for everything in this city seems to be for the Pan AM games.

That's why were dealing with so much traffic issues on the Lakeshore and the Gardiner. They're resurfacing the roads NOT for the drivers that commute on them everyday BUT for people to run and cycle on them during the PAN AM games, other marathons, etc.
Marc / May 26, 2014 at 09:43 am
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No level of embarrassment that Rob Ford hasn't caused us already.
Fran / May 26, 2014 at 09:43 am
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Why do these private corps always have trouble meeting deadlines?
BONSAI43 / May 26, 2014 at 09:44 am
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IT SOUNDS LIKE THE WHOLE PROJECT IS RUN BY NUMEROUS CEOS OF THIS AND THAT, THAT ARE OVERPAID FOR THEIR LACK OF FORESIGHT AND CONTINUE TO PASS THE BUCK!! TYPICAL!!
bernie Q / May 26, 2014 at 09:49 am
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This construction company is going to be punished by being given every construction contract from the city of Toronto. Added with cash bonuses and suitcases full of money. That will teach them for making a mistake..
Noah replying to a comment from BONSAI43 / May 26, 2014 at 10:09 am
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Caleb / May 26, 2014 at 10:15 am
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Ah yes, yet another private construction company ends up taking longer and costing more than they said they would on public project. Fine them.
Peanut Gallery replying to a comment from BONSAI43 / May 26, 2014 at 10:27 am
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BONSAI43, I AGREE, BIG INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS ARE EASY, THESE PROJECTS SHOULD BE MANAGED BY PEOPLE WHO TYPE IN ALL CAPS ON THE INTERNET!
Tanya replying to a comment from Reggie / May 26, 2014 at 10:30 am
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Yes, people running and cycling on the Gardiner and the Lakeshore is the main issue with traffic in Toronto. Good point.
tony / May 26, 2014 at 10:35 am
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Is this a surprise?? Nothing any level of govt does is ever on time and on budget.
Whiners / May 26, 2014 at 10:38 am
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The Bitch Police, ever vigilant for something to whine about, are of course out in full force here. Like any of them actually take the subway or have been in any way inconvenienced. It is just fun to sit on the sidelines and complain. They bitch that nothing gets done in this city, and when it IS getting done they bitch that it is not fast enough for their liking. Nothing is EVER done the correct way for this group.
Reggie replying to a comment from Tanya / May 26, 2014 at 10:40 am
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Hi Tanya,

Its not the main reason for ALL the congestion in the city. BUT they had Toronto's Transportation Manager on the news last week and he stated that the Gardiner and Lakeshore closures happening this year are becasue they are being resurfaced.

When the reporter questioned why they need resurfacing they seem completely fine, the City Manager stated they are resurfacing the Lakeshore and Gardiner for the Pan Am games and other Marathons that are RUN on these roads.

So the summer congestion on those particular roads are specifically due to the Pan and Games and Marathons.



Sincerely,
Reggie
Pat / May 26, 2014 at 10:45 am
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Construction Project Plan
1. Start renovating
2. Magic happens
3. Everything's finished for the Pan-Am Games!
insincerely Reggie / May 26, 2014 at 10:58 am
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Baloney. The Gardiner is not being reduced just for the Pan Am Games. It needs upgrading!! How difficult is that for us to comprehend?
Reggie replying to a comment from insincerely Reggie / May 26, 2014 at 11:10 am
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Speak to the City Transportation Manager then he stated it.
YES the Gardiner needs upgrades we all know that they will be completed in by June BUT they are also resurfacing it at the same time to allow a smoother surface for marathons and the annual bike ride that happens on it.

The work is taking much longer than needed due to resurfacing that will begin in JULY.

Want to hear the city managers comments yourself, you can listen here
http://www.newstalk1010.com/blogs/daveagar/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10672133
Reggie / May 26, 2014 at 11:13 am
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Toronto drivers feeling the construction crunch
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/car-life/toronto-drivers-feeling-the-construction-crunch/article18832031/
Yuri / May 26, 2014 at 11:14 am
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Well, have you seen who is running this circus of a city?
Seth / May 26, 2014 at 11:16 am
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The key problem is lack of communication between the City and the Private corporations. I shadowed for Carillion (the company in question) at Union Station a year ago, and there were problems even then. Their side of the story was that the city wasn't giving them the contracts and permits on time so that they could go ahead with the schedule, which meant having to make a new schedule. As for the walls being built and ripped down, the station renovation was split into several separate phased contracts (each awarded separately by the City or Metrolinx), and some of the dividing lines made no sense structurally for the different systems behind the scenes - I remember being told that at the time one of the walls in question was built, the contract for the utilities on the other side hadn't been awarded yet, and it wasn't until afterward that the problem was raised, BY CARILLION, who was then blamed for not being psychic and knowing what the City wanted.
LD replying to a comment from Seth / May 26, 2014 at 11:49 am
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For the record, there are still contracts for large parts of Union Station that haven't been tendered yet. This project likely will still be ongoing through 2017, and really there's no fault here with anybody except for the city that keeps saying it's "on schedule and on budget". This was a massive, massive undertaking of an ancient building. The company that actually won the original management contract (VANBOTS) was bought out during the project by Carillion, which didn't help matters.
Rafa / May 26, 2014 at 11:55 am
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I sure hope they are future-proofing Union for a possible DRL.
Dana replying to a comment from Rafa / May 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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Ooopsie we might have forgot that in these plans.
steve replying to a comment from Reggie / May 26, 2014 at 01:30 pm
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OMG are you thick, traffic congestion is caused by traffic.
Steven replying to a comment from Marc / May 26, 2014 at 01:44 pm
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Why blame Rob Ford? Contracts were inked before he became mayor. He would have a least have work done on Lakeshore overnight instead of during the day. The deputy mayor is too spineless to speak up.

Toronto in home personal trainer / May 26, 2014 at 02:13 pm
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Ya that's no surprise. Thank god the street car is efficient...womp womp
Reggie replying to a comment from steve / May 26, 2014 at 02:49 pm
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Nope I think extra congestion is created by poorly planned road construction.

The only thing that will make the congestion lighter now is how many living in the west suburbs, Mississauga, Burlington, Oakville etc have expressed they no longer want to come down town for a night out, it takes to long to get into and around the city. So they'll spend their time and money at restaurants, bars, theaters etc elsewhere in the west and avoid spending time and dollars downtown.
Perry Como / May 26, 2014 at 05:59 pm
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I'm going to honest eds to buy some tide. No time to worry about union station
Geoff replying to a comment from Fran / May 26, 2014 at 09:04 pm
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When you insinuate that Private contractors have a harder time meeting deadlines than public ones, you're only fooling yourself.
AnnoyedTorontonian / May 26, 2014 at 09:20 pm
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I really HATE Toronto. Everything, everyone and every where there's construction. Condos condos condos when the demand isn't that high. This city is ridiculous. When does it stop Toronto???

Oh move already / May 26, 2014 at 11:14 pm
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Listen, Annoyed "Torontonian". Assuming you live in Toronto, which I doubt, if you hate it then hit the 401 and don't stop driving till you run out of gas. Move to wherever it is you are dreaming of and no one here will miss your whining.
Andre replying to a comment from AnnoyedTorontonian / May 26, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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That depends, WHEN do you stop whining?
Drew / May 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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LOUD NOISES!!!!!
Bob Mazda replying to a comment from BONSAI43 / May 28, 2014 at 01:10 am
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When the snake is beheaded, it'll all end...but the snake is in a spa... Ehem; 'rehab'
Joseph replying to a comment from Fran / May 28, 2014 at 01:50 am
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Theroblem is lazy union workers, I see everyday as I use the subway to union station I,ve seen 2 workers fill a wheel barel wit 2 small shovel full of broken cement and leave with lots of space left empty
That.s just one incident. Too many white. Hats just looking very few yellowhates laborers
Get rid of city planners and fire all including city hall workes
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Whiners / May 29, 2014 at 07:21 pm
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You said it.

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