Construction on the Union Pearson Express continues as its completion date in the Spring of 2015 approaches. The train, which will connect Union Station in Downtown Toronto with Pearson International Airport, is set to open ahead of the Pan Am Games which take place here in July 2015, to help move people into and out of town more easily and more dependably.
There will be two UPX stops in between Downtown and the Airport at Bloor and at Weston GO Stations. Located just east of the intersection of Bloor and Dundas Street West, and with a planned connection to Dundas West Subway Station, Bloor GO Station is currently being rebuilt to handle the new trains and increased GO Train service.
In the image above, taken from the West Toronto Railpath, a new bridge is available for a future installation of a fifth set of tracks past the station. Behind that, the two glassed-in "lightboxes" you can see cover the new Morrison Hershfield-designed station entry and the stairs up the the platforms. The platforms, which are open-air, stretch out to the north. Below, we can see into one of the two lightboxes.
The lightboxes somewhat overhang the sidewalk below, making them more easily seen from a distance in the crowded landscape between the rail bridges.
Meanwhile, UPX trains are still arriving. The Diesel Multiple Units, or DMUs, are being tested as they are delivered, and have been seen on stretches of the Lakeshore, Kitchener and Barrie GO rail lines. The DMUs below were seen at Mimico GO station this past weekend, being towed behind a GO locomotive.
Additional information and renderings of other Union Pearson Express stations can be found in our UPX dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.
|Related Companies:||AECOM, EllisDon, Metrolinx, MMM Group Limited, Morrison Hershfield, WSP, Zeidler Partnership Architects|