We have received an update from the City of Toronto RE: Front St Traffic closures.
Please note that the closure of Front Street has been finalized to start on October 15, 2012 through to December 15, 2012.
Highlights of this traffic stage relating to the Royal York include:
- Access will be maintained to Royal York Hotel entrance and valet parking from York Street.
- Taxi Stand will be maintained.
- U-turn opportunity will be provided on Front Street east of York Street.
- U-turn opportunity will be provided on Front Street between Bay and Yonge Streets.
- Only southbound turns from EB Front Street on Bay Street will be permitted.
- North-South pedestrian traffic, crossing Front Street on east side of Bay Street will not be signalled and permitted to cross at any time.
- North-South pedestrian traffic, crossing Front Street on west side of Bay Street will be signalized and have a larger staging area on the SW corner for crossing.
- East-West pedestrian traffic, crossing Bay Street will only be permitted to cross on the signals at north side of Front Street. The south crossing will be closed during this stage and fenced accordingly.
- Signage will be posted to communicate local traffic restrictions to discourage thru traffic and encourage VIA/Royal York Hotel/Taxi and Brookfield traffic accordingly.
Please see below for the TTC construction newsletter and the schematic of the traffic staging.
Union Station Second Platform and Concourse Improvements Project
Update – October 2012
Upcoming Short-Term Traffic Site Restriction Changes
Front Street from Bay to Yonge: An approximate 100 metre section of Front Street will be closed both ways from just east of Bay Street. This short term road closure is required for the excavation of the underground work area related the east end portion of the new second subway platform. During this closure, Front Street businesses between Bay Street and Yonge Street can be accessed west from Yonge Street. A temporary eastbound “U-turn” configuration near the closure will be provided for motorists. Access to parking at Brookfield Place will remain.Front Street from York to Bay: Traffic on Front Street, between York Street and Bay Street, will be restricted to local traffic only. One eastbound lane will remain open for access to the Royal York Hotel, Taxis, and VIA passenger pick-up and drop-off. Due to road closures in the area, a “U-turn” configuration on Front Street will be provided just east of York Street for eastbound motorists approaching the construction zone wanting to return westbound.
Front and Bay Intersection Traffic Restrictions: Only east-to-south right turns and north-south straight through traffic movement will be permitted through the intersection during the period from the weekend of October 13/14 to December 2012.
Pedestrian access: East-west pedestrian crossing on the south side of the Bay-Front intersection will be closed.
Existing Long-Term Site Condition
Easy Access: The “Lift” at Union subway station (from the moat level to the station concourse level) has been removed to accommodate upcoming construction phases that will affect space within the concourse area of the subway station. During this project an alternative “Lift” is located at Brookfield Place (directional signs are posted throughout the station). The project includes easier access improvements at Union subway station.
Front Street: Until early 2013, the westerly stairwell entrance/exit at street level on the south side of Front Street leading to the subway station concourse will remain closed. The temporary walkway adjacent to the stairwell walkway will remain open.
Tunnel Pathway to Brookfield Place: Hoarding has been installed in the mid-point of the tunnel pathway to Brookfield Place to facilitate the building of a new automatic entrance, which will serve the east end of the newly expanded subway platform.
Collector booth: One of the two existing Collector booths at Union Station will remain in the vestibule between Royal Bank Plaza and the subway station. Customers may experience longer than usual line-ups when purchasing fare media and are encouraged to purchase tickets, tokens and Metropasses at any TTC collector booth or over 1,200 Authorized TTC Fare Media Sellers in Toronto. Additional pass vending and token machines have been placed in Union Railway station adjacent to the Go Transit sales booths to alleviate potential delays.
Need More Information or Have a Comment About This Project?
Website: www.ttc.ca (click on “About the TTC”, then “Projects and Initiatives”, then “Union Subway Station)
Comment Line: (416) 393-4001
TTY (Hearing (416) 481-2523 - Daily 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (closed holidays)
Fax: (416) 338-0194
Mail: TTC Union Station Second Subway Platform and Concourse Improvements Project. 5160 Yonge Street, 6th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M2N 6L9