Union Station renovations

When will the Union Station renovations be done?

The 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.


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