Looking At Ways To Improve Union Station
Published: November 14, 2007
Source: CityNews.ca Staff
The city is looking for ways to make Union Station a more inviting
place for commuters who use the transit hub every day, and they hope
you'll help them come up with some ideas.
Mayor David Miller will be at the transit hub along with several city
councillors for an open house Wednesday afternoon. They want suggestions
on how to modernize and improve the landmark. As well, changes that have
already been proposed will be on display for people to comment on.
Take a closer look at the city's Union Station "master plan."
As with everything else the city wants to do, cash is the big hurdle.
Toronto needs to find financial partners to help in Union's
revitalization. A controversial deal with a private consortium to
reinvigorate the building fell through last year. Now it's looking at
options including partnering with pension funds like the
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and its real estate branch
Fairview, or possibly other levels of government. The Mayor insists
however that the building won't be sold.
GO Transit, Via
Rail and the
TTC all operate out of Union Station. They may also come to the
table with cash for making the commuter experience that much better.
Meanwhile, city councillor Bill Saundercook wants to make the space
outside Union a bit easier for pedestrians and commuters, many of whom
jaywalk across Front Street. Saundercook wants to make the area a
priority zone for walkers and limit vehicle speeds to 20km/h in front of
the station between Bay and York Sts.
The councillor has put his suggestion to the planning and growth
committee for perusal.
Submit your ideas on how to revitalize Union Station here.
Union Station history