New underground PATH pedestrian tunnel


Council endorsed the expansion of the existing underground PATH system to include a new underground York St. pedestrian connection between Union Station and Wellington St. W. The $65-million project is based on the need to plan and prepare for the significant increase in pedestrian demands within Union Station over the next 15 to 20 years. The additional pedestrian facilities are required to relieve congestion and support future downtown growth and pedestrian activities generated in part by GO Transit’s ongoing service expansion. Council also directed staff to pursue a tri-partite partnership with the other levels of government and private sector stakeholders to fund the construction and maintenance of the new PATH pedestrian connection. GO Transit has indicated they would support a recommendation to fund one-third of the cost, as a provincial contribution. The new underground pedestrian tunnel promotes public transit and other more sustainable modes of transportation, as well as the revitalization of Union Station.