As of this morning, riders will start waiting for Yonge line and University line trains on separate platforms.
It’s been three years and $137 million in the making, but Union Station’s second platform is finally presented and accounted for. This morning, transit riders negotiated the station’s new layout for the first time—signs now point the way to separate platforms for the Yonge and University lines. No longer will customers board trains headed up both lines from a single area in the middle: the existing platform will be used for trains on University, and the new platform on the south side of the station for trains on Yonge.
Union Station serves roughly 115,000 passengers each day—the new arrangement will give those customers a little more space, as the platform is expected to double the station’s passenger capacity. It will now also be easier to get to Union through the PATH via a west bypass or a new east bypass.
The opening of this platform doesn’t, though, mean that construction at Union is now a thing of the past: the older platform is still in need of work, and the station concourse isn’t slated for completion until the spring.
Does Brad Ross, head of communications for the TTC, have any words of advice for those trying to get a handle on the new system at Union? “Be brave. Explore,” he tweeted in response to a journalist concerned that there was, in fact, no Union Station at all—just a hole in the ground. “You will find the way. And listen for the choo-choo.”