Construction walls come down – New access route from Toronto’s Union Station now open

Happy to have contributed some photos for this @Metrolinx post by Nitish Bissonauth. Great to see the new Bay Concourse and get a preview of what it will look like when it’s fully open. The new access route will be helpful for PATH/TTC and GO Transit connections.

All the photos I took today here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/He4zhyAq7GyyMNFw9

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Months after the opening of a glass-covered moat and underground tunnel running below Front Street, another route is now available – which will help thousands of customers better access the TTC.

This way folks.

More construction barriers are gone and connecting to transit just got easier inside Toronto’s Union Station.

Transit users can now use a second underground path, below the hub’s Great Hall, to get in and out of Union Station.

The new pathway, which opened on Dec. 23, is just the beginning of the new Bay Concourse, and will make connecting to the TTC easier.

One end is located in the Lower Great Hall, next to Dresden Vision – the level right below the VIA Rail Canada ticket booths.

The other end comes out in front of Union Station, on Front Street.

“The City of Toronto is excited to see this milestone arrive at Union Station,” said Brad…

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Working on multiple fronts: How Metrolinx makes the most out of weekend closures

Always great to see these track-level shots of infrastructure upgrades. Note the installation of concrete ties.

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Last weekend saw some temporary service adjustments for the Barrie Line and UP Express. But the pause – and patience by customers – produced some mighty work on the lines. It also led to a lesson in how past work was done, more than half a century ago.

It was one giant weekend to-do list – and all of it was checked off.

For Barrie Line and UP Express customers, last weekend (Sept 21-22) saw changes to routines as temporary service adjustments were made to allow for needed rail work. That toiling produced a lot of needed repairs and upgrades.

Crews position concrete ties in place. Hard at it – Track is installed with new concrete ties. Photo by George Wang.

Train service on the Barrie Line was replaced with buses during the weekend and the UP Express train ran every 30 minutes rather than the usual15 minutes – all to ensure GO and UP services…

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UP Express reaches four year milestone – while customers deserve the praise

Brings back memories of how I was there at 5:30AM to be on the first revenue-service UP Express train. I was second in line and first to have a lost and the found item:

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No time off for the young Toronto Pearson rail shuttle, as it continues to carve out an iconic place in quick and convenient travels between Canada’s largest airport and the downtown core. But there is a bit of a party going on for riders.

Talk about an old transit soul in a young bloodline.

Today (June 6, 2019) UP Express marks its 4th anniversary, shuttling customers – travellers from near and very far – between Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and downtown Toronto’s Union Station.

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And while still a relatively new system, it serves an estimated 11,000 riders each day – departing every 15 minutes for the 25-minute run, each direction.

UP Express began to roll on June 6, 2015, in time for the 2015 Pan American Games.

An UP Express train heads out of the Toronto airport, as the sun shines bright above. An UP Express train leaves Pearson International Airport, heading to Union Station. It’s been on line for four years.

In honour of the…

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