Upgrades to the tracks improve reliability and efficiency of train
When the track layout around Union Station was designed, the emphasis
was on moving intercity long-distance passenger trains and freight.
Those requirements have largely been replaced by the need to move
commuters in and out of downtown Toronto. While the total number of
station tracks remain the same, tracks were reconfigured to reduce the
amount of switching between tracks to help increase capacity and speed
through the corridor.
As part of the renewal program, track and switches were upgraded to
improve reliability by allowing trains to move from one track to another
at faster speeds, providing a more seamless passage through Canada's
busiest rail corridor.
Over 100 switches were replaced over a six year
period, with 2012 being the final year of the program. The installation
and testing of a single switch is an around-the-clock operation, started
after the Friday night rush and ending just before the Monday morning
operations start up.
New track in the “fly-under” west of Union Station
The main objective of this project was to build a third main track
through the fly-under (tunnel) west of Union Station, providing an
additional route from the Kitchener and Lakeshore West corridors
through to Union Station. This provides additional capacity on the west
approach to Union Station for growth in train service, provide more
routing options, and to help lessen the impact of train delays.
Construction of the new, third track required new retaining walls
leading to the fly-under, along with grading and drainage work.
COMPLETED: May 2013
Union Pearson (UP) Express
Work began during Summer 2013 to add new track and signals from the
"fly-under" (at Bathurst Yard) on the north side of the corridor to the
west side of Union Station. This installation will facilitate the
introduction of Union Pearson Express in 2015.