Template:Stack Union Station is a station on the Yonge–University–Spadina line of the Toronto subway and RT. Opened in 1954 along with the first twelve subway stations of Toronto, it is located between the Yonge Street and University Avenue sections of the line at 55 Front Street West between Bay Street and York Street. It is the southernmost subway station of the city and is situated immediately north of the commuter train station and regional bus terminal of the same name.
Union connects the subway with GO Transit trains and buses, Via Rail, Ontario Northland Railway, and Amtrak. It serves approximately 95,290 people a day, ranking it as the fifth busiest station in the system, after Bloor-Yonge, St. George, Sheppard-Yonge and Kennedy.
The station is also noted as being one of only two stations on the TTC where a signal light is publicly accessible (the other being Islington Station). The signal is located on the east end of the platform. It is an Interlocking Signal that guards the crossover to the northbound Yonge Line and is only used during service disruptions that require trains be turned at Union.
North side entrances:
- Street level stairs on North side of Front Street.
- Underground connection from Royal Bank Plaza
South side entrances:
- 2 Street level stair cases on South side of Front Street.
- Outdoor connections via the "moat" to Union Passenger Rail Station
The station opened as the southern terminus of the original Yonge subway line on March 30, 1954, for the University section of the Yonge–University–Spadina line on February 28, 1963, and on June 22, 1990, for the former Harbourfront LRT.
Subway infrastructure in the vicinity Edit
Leaving the station eastbound, the Yonge leg of the line runs briefly under Front Street and turns 90 degrees north to run under Yonge Street; leaving westbound, the University leg also runs under Front Street, and eventually turns 90 degrees north to run under University Avenue.
Nearby landmarks Edit
Nearby landmarks include Union Station, the Royal York Hotel, the Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the CN Tower, the Royal Bank Plaza, Brookfield Place, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
- Legacy Sportswear - sells licensed TTC apparel.
Surface connections Edit
A paper transfer, acquired where you originally paid your fare, is required to board buses on the street.
- 6 Bay
- 72 Pape
- 97 Yonge
Union’s status as a transport hub has resulted in overcrowding on its narrow centre platform. In 2003 public consultations and planning meetings were held to examine options to reduce crowding in the station. A plan was developed that will see the addition of a new platform for Yonge line trains, on the south side of the existing tracks; the current platform will be reconfigured and will only serve University-Spadina line trains. Preparatory construction for the expansion (mainly re-locating utilities buried in the area to be excavated for the new platform) began in 2006. The project went to public tender in April 2010 and construction commenced in February 2011.
See also Edit