Take a tour of the new Union Station subway platform
Published Saturday, August 16, 2014 6:58PM EDT
TTC project manager Malcolm MacKay shows off the new paid entry machines at the south side station entrance of the Union Station subway platform.
After three years of work, the TTC will open its second Union Station subway platform Monday.
And though the station is still full of fluorescent yellow and orange construction colours this weekend, the new platform – which will separate Yonge line passengers from University line passengers – will be up in time for the busy Monday commute.
Take a tour of the new platform to get a sense of what your morning trek to work will look like next week.
Workers still working away
Workers are still on site putting the finishing touches on the station before Monday.
The new south side entrance
TTC project manager Malcolm MacKay shows off the new paid entry machines at the south side station entrance.
The new machines will have Presto card readers.
Automatic fare gates will be ready to use for Monday.
Down to the new platform
Fresh tiles on the stairs leading down to the platform still protected by wooden planks until Monday. Five new sets of stairs will lead down to the platform.
The new platform will separate those headed towards Finch on the Yonge line from those heading toward Downsview on the University line. A second platform will ease the crowding, effectively doubling the space available to commuters.
The original Union platform – the narrowest in the system – will now only hold those travelling on the University line. The gates in the centre will stay up to keep passengers from thinking they can enter the Yonge trains.
The TTC says officers will be on hand to help direct passengers for the next couple of weeks as they adjust to the changes.
And don’t expect construction clutter to disappear as the new platform opens -- the next step in the project is rehabilitating the old centre platform.