Ontario Connecting Commuters and Families to Better Public Transit
Ontario is celebrating the start of construction of a new bus terminal in Toronto that will give commuters and families from across the province easier, more seamless access to transit options, helping them get where they need to go faster.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, attended a groundbreaking event at the new site of CIBC Square, a project developed in partnership with Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines. He was joined by Han Dong, MPP for Trinity-Spadina, John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, John Jensen, CEO of Metrolinx, Daniel Fournier, Chairman and CEO of Ivanhoé Cambridge, and Kevin Shannahan, CEO of Hines Canada.
This 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, world class 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.
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.
Building accessible, modern and integrated transit infrastructure to improve commuting and travel is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- 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.
- Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
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