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February 20, 2009
City of Toronto begins reconstruction of Union Station's pedestrian bridge
Today, Mayor David Miller together with Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby, Chair of the Government Management Committee (Ward 4 Etobicoke Centre), and area Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) launched the restoration of Union Station's pedestrian bridge.

“Union Station is the busiest and most important transportation hub in the country,” said Mayor Miller. “The City of Toronto is proud to be leading the revitalization of this essential part of our history and our transportation network while protecting the character and heritage of Union Station.”

The pedestrian bridge is the main entrance area that runs along Front Street, extending from the front of Union Station to the sidewalk and spanning the moat below. The pedestrian bridge is in need of repair due to age. The two-phase demolition of the entire pedestrian bridge begins today on the bridge's west half. Only one half of the bridge will be sectioned off at any given time in order to provide ongoing access to the station for commuters and travellers. Reconstruction of the pedestrian bridge is expected to be completed in approximately 15 months.

Union Station serves more passengers per year than all three terminals at Pearson Airport. During this period of construction, the City is asking for patience and co-operation from everyone who uses the station in their travels.

Since acquiring Union Station in 2000, the City has managed day-to-day repair and maintenance at the station, which has included restoring the west wing window and the skylight. The City of Toronto will continue to develop and revitalize Union Station as a premier transportation and commercial centre. For more information, visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Stuart Green, Deputy Director of Communications, Office of Mayor David Miller, 416-338-7119,
Cindy Bromley, Finance and Administration Communications Manager, 416-392-4993,



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