TORONTO –Travelling between Bloor GO/UP Station and Dundas West TTC Station is about to get a lot faster and easier.
The contract for the construction of a pedestrian connection between the two transit stations has been awarded to Kenaidan Contractors Ltd and work is expected to start this fall.
Once complete, the Bloor-TTC connection will provide a safe and customer-friendly connection between GO Transit, UP Express and TTC services (subway, streetcar, and bus).
The connection will shorten the distance between the two stations and save travellers on time. It currently takes about 5–8-minute to walk the 500 metres between both stations, depending on the weather conditions and the traffic.
The new pedestrian tunnel will be weather-proof and will shorten the distance to just 100 metres that can be walked in 2 minutes.
The new tunnel will make it easier and safer for users with mobility challenges or travelling with luggage to get around.
Rendering of new access from GO tunnel level to new stairs and elevator down to new concourse level. (Metrolinx image)
The project includes:
- Constructing a new concourse in the lower level of The Crossways’ building (within the parking structure) and providing elevator access to the TTC platform level
- Building two elevators and a stairwell connecting GO’s existing Bloor tunnel and the new TTC concourse
- Creating a new electrical room with an upgraded emergency back-up and life-safety systems to help keep customers safe in case of power outages
Rendering of stair and elevator access leading down to new concourse level. (Metrolinx image)
At the moment, it is estimated that approximately 600 transfers occur between Dundas West TTC Station, and Bloor GO Station each day making both stations busy transit hubs.
Rendering of new stair and elevator access to existing TTC platform. (Metrolinx image)
With the GO Expansion program in the works and even more development anticipated for the area, the Bloor-TTC Connection will help accommodate even more customers and support the development of a regional rapid transit network that offers seamless connections to more stations and faster trains.