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TTC set to open second platform at Union Station

Posted by Derek Flack / August 13, 2014

second platform union stationIt's been an absolute mess at Union Station as the TTC works to renovate the perpetually busy transit hub, but there's some good news today for commuters who crowd into the station. As of Monday, the second subway platform that's been under construction for over a year will finally be in use. That should dramatically ease congestion during rush hour and after events at the ACC and SkyDome (oops, Rogers Centre).

Finch and Downsview-bound trains will now each have a dedicated platform, thereby doubling the passenger capacity at the station. Other improvement at Union are still a ways away, and the cosmetics of the station scream construction site, but the extra space should make things a little less insufferable down there. The TTC projected that the work would be done by the end of July, so it finishes mostly on schedule. Don't you just love good news?

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29 Comments

Didactick / August 13, 2014 at 03:01 pm
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All this money and the platform will become "less sufferable"? Man, what a rip. I was really hoping for less INsufferable.
Bob / August 13, 2014 at 03:06 pm
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So basically things will be more or less the same at Union Station?
lofto / August 13, 2014 at 03:43 pm
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put some god damn air conditioning in will ya
S / August 13, 2014 at 03:48 pm
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This is awesome news! I can't wait!! :)
Rob / August 13, 2014 at 03:49 pm
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I sincerely hope they had the foresight to consider this station design for a potential DRL.
Todd Toronto / August 13, 2014 at 04:02 pm
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Uggh... my coffee is cold. What is wrong with this city?!
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from Didactick / August 13, 2014 at 04:17 pm
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'All this money and the platform will become "less sufferable"? Man, what a rip. I was really hoping for less INsufferable.'

Why? You and your cousin's friend could have done for half, for cash, under the table? No one the wiser?
Chris / August 13, 2014 at 04:20 pm
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Rob, why would they need foresight into DRL routing, when none of the DRL routes have it going to Union Station? Check out the current EA. Union is not one of the routes being studied.
Steven / August 13, 2014 at 04:40 pm
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I still call it the Skydome and no corporation will change my mind.
Martin replying to a comment from Chris / August 13, 2014 at 04:43 pm
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That might seem like the logical assumption but the way subways lines are proposed you don't know where they may actually go.
Laura / August 13, 2014 at 07:14 pm
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They haven't done a very good job of letting people know. I get off there (tee hee) everyday, know the ins and outs of the station and there was absolutely zero difference. Still a huge cluster f&!$ of nobody knowing where the hell they were going. Great job guys! I'm so happy we waited for years and spent millions more than anticipated for this giant piece of crap. Really, give yourselves a pat on the back...on the edge of a cliff!
poh replying to a comment from Laura / August 13, 2014 at 07:55 pm
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It opens this Monday.
granma grammar / August 13, 2014 at 08:56 pm
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@W.K Lis: because "less insufferable" means "less unbearable/annoying/horrible"..."less sufferable" means: capable of being endured
MArc / August 13, 2014 at 10:46 pm
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This site and torontoist are like gawker, but less fun
On your mark, get set, complain / August 14, 2014 at 02:03 am
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We get good news, and what do the spoiled brats here do? As always, habitually COMPLAIN. Grow up, the lot of you. I'll bet the ones who whine the loudest have never even USED the TTC subway platform at Union Station.
James replying to a comment from Laura / August 14, 2014 at 07:57 am
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Umm you do realize it isn't open yet, right? Hence the opening on Monday.
W. K. Lis / August 14, 2014 at 08:02 am
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Instead of a fixed partition separated the Finch-Yonge bound trains from the Downswview bound platform, they should put in screen doors. That way, when we get automated trains control, the screen doors could be used for short-turn trains.
acid / August 14, 2014 at 08:26 am
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Guys, I really fill your exitement about new rat hole digged by TTC. The whole subway reminds me a public toiled with train coming through.

Look at the real subway:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-x_gIZsPoKNM/T8ZT033-cqI/AAAAAAAAEUc/4T7AzGyyPWI/s640/moscow+metro.jpg

That is what we have to have in one of the financial capitals of the World - Toronto!!! Not this crap they sell us for bilions of taxpayers money.
Chris replying to a comment from acid / August 14, 2014 at 08:40 am
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Yes, because everyone is just dying to move to Russia, where government controls your entire life, lifestyle, what you have, and now, what you eat.

The Moscow Metro was built as a Soviet symbol. It's nothing but a show piece. Russian's are lucky if they ever know the true cost of the stations, or what they had to give up to pay for that crap.

Give your head a shake.
Skye replying to a comment from Laura / August 14, 2014 at 08:55 am
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Laura's coffee is cold, Todd Toronto. It's all the TTC's fault.

Now the TTC head honchos are patting themselves on the back at the edge of the Scarborough Bluffs, and they're trying to figure out why this is supposed to make Laura feel better.
Mark replying to a comment from acid / August 14, 2014 at 09:01 am
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Yep, the Moscow Metro is beautiful in places. And to get stations like that all the Russians had to do was live through decades of an authoritarian state that took practically all of the nation's wealth. I'm happy to pass through the "rat hole" in exchange for living in a nice condo. But that's just me.
iolanda replying to a comment from acid / August 14, 2014 at 09:11 am
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Yes, the Moscow Metro. Built in the 1930-1950's as a symbol of Stalinist achievements in the USSR. Too bad the engineering was done by British engineers - later deported - and the remainder of the metro was built in a cleaner style when the planned Soviet economy ran out of gas (i.e. 1960 onward). Let's not play games here.
akswun replying to a comment from MArc / August 14, 2014 at 09:45 am
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Agreed... like treasure trove of Trolls. You'd think Toronto was a giant bridge and regardless of what the news is its a clusterf*ck of complaints.

MArc replying to a comment from akswun / August 14, 2014 at 10:19 am
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It's like people can't even.
Moscow Mules / August 14, 2014 at 01:04 pm
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Chandeliers in the subway like in Moscow? No thanks; that is the epitome of tacky kitsch by a poor society that was desperate to show off and appear posh. That kind of thing is more for third world countries than here.

ps Anyone who claims to use this particular subway stop every day and can't figure out the layout must be a bit simple. You go upstairs, and you look for signage. Not difficult. tee hee.
Walter replying to a comment from Chris / August 14, 2014 at 01:24 pm
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There is no need to allow for a DRL at Union because the DRL will probably not be built for a long time. The Metrolinx options for relieving Yonge seems to concentrate on using GO to achieve the relief (i.e. Richmond Hill GO line, Smart Track, integrated payment, etc.). If people have a faster and economical way of getting from York Region and Scarborough to downtown without passing through the Y-B interchange, then the DRL is not needed. That's my read on Metrolinx thinking.
Spike replying to a comment from Chris / August 14, 2014 at 02:24 pm
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What he meant was that this kind of station design should be used on all of the stations of the DRL when it's being built, instead of the same standard design the TTC uses now and has built subway stations with in the past.
racket! / August 15, 2014 at 01:16 am
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Great! Hope it makes a difference during morning rush hour. People have no clue where the hell they are going.
Tina / August 17, 2014 at 09:59 pm
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I moved from Markham because the commute on the GO Train was ridiculous. I settled in a location specifically so I would not have to switch trains to get to work. Now I will have to switch trains to go one stop from Union. Not sure why no one thought to ask the public about what they thought. If you really thought a new platform would solve the solve or make it less annoying they couldn't be more wrong. In fact what would have accomplished exactly the same results would have been to make the new platform specifically for the trains that turned back at Union and kept the older platform for trains that went straight through. My morning commute just got longer.

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