Bus terminal construction begins at Bay St. development

Ontario is celebrating the start of construction of a new bus terminal in Toronto.

The project is a transit-oriented development that will help transform downtown Toronto, with two new commercial buildings connected by a one-acre elevated park over the rail corridor. The new bus terminal will better connect commuters to GO Transit, the TTC, VIA Rail, UP Express, and the proposed future high speed rail connection to destinations in southern Ontario. The location of the new terminal provides better access to the Gardiner Expressway and Lakeshore Boulevard, making it easier for bus riders to get to their destinations.

“Our nearly 3,000-kilometre bus network plays a critical role in keeping the region moving, and the Union Station Bus Terminal is at its heart,” said John Jensen, president and CEO of Metrolinx. “We are very pleased to work with Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines on this integrated transit development in the downtown core so we can make it easier for people to live, work, and play here.”

The new terminal will also make commuting easier and more enjoyable for people by providing more than 1,000 bicycle parking spaces and urban green space.

The first of two buildings – 81 Bay Street – is scheduled to be completed in 2020. The second building at 141 Bay Street will be completed in 2023, along with a one-acre, elevated park overtop of one of North America’s busiest railways to connect the two buildings. On a typical weekday, GO Transit runs 579 bus trips to and from Union Station. The Union Station bus terminal sees approximately 10,000 passenger trips daily.

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