In 2012, the City completed a study recommending major changes to the road and sidewalk in front of Union Station, in order to better accommodate large volumes of pedestrians. Below is the archived information about this study.
The main road reconstruction was completed in 2015. Visit the City's Union Station web page for the latest updates.
Below is archive content from the 2010 to 2012 study.
Afternoon rush-hour at Front Street and York Street- 2010
Morning rush-hour at Front Street and Bay Street - 2010
The primary focus of the study is the portion of Front Street from Bay Street to York Street. For the purpose of undertaking a traffic analysis a secondary study area has been created, which is bounded by Richmond Street to the north, Lake Shore Boulevard to the south, Spadina Avenue to the west, and Church Street to the east.
Public Information Centre #1
The first Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on July 5, 2010 in Union Station.
Download a copy the information materials that were provided (PDF):
- Notice of Study Commencement & Public Information Centre #1 - published June 17, 2010.
- Newsletter #1:
8 pages of photos, drawings and a brief summary of the study to date, including draft plans for Front Street
- Introduction, study process and framework, pedestrian improvements, design context and framework (Panels 1-10)
- Urban Design Template showing imagery of some key changes for Front Street (Panel 11)
- All 14 alternatives and their preliminary evaluation (Panels 12-17)
- Preliminary Preferred Alternative - Alternative 2B a detailed drawing of the draft plan for Front Street (Panel 18)
- Front Street operations, traffic modeling, conditions, elements of other alternatives to carry forward, and heritage considerations (Panels 19-23, 26)
- Concepts for potential midblock crossings on York St. & Bay St. (Panels 24-25)
- Next steps and topics to be covered during the design phase (Panels 27-28)
- Related Projects: Union Station Revitalization, TTC Subway 2nd Platform, NW PATH, Bike lane on Bay St., York-Bay interchange, and the Entertainment District BIA Master Plan (Panels 29-31)
- Questions & Answers (v1)
The City hosted its second and final public consultation event on November 3, 2011. The Preliminary Preferred Design for Front Street at Union Station was on display and participants were invited to review and discuss with the project team.
Download a copy of the information materials that were provided (PDF):
Q & A Document – February 2012
In response to comments submitted during the final phase of public consultation, the City has published a thorough Updated Questions and Answers document for the Changes to Front Street at Union Station study.
March 5, 2012, City Council authorized staff to issue a Notice of Completion and to file the Environmental Study Report (ESR) for the Front Street West Reconfiguration Class Environmental Assessment Study.
- View the Notice of Completion
Environmental Study Report (ESR)
The Environmental Study Report (ESR) documents the planning and decision making process followed in this study, including consultation practices, which has been followed to arrive at the preferred solution. The ESR also sets out the mitigating measures proposed to avoid or minimize environmental impacts.
Below are PDF copies of the complete ESR. Please note, some files are large in size (e.g. 6 MB) and may take a few minutes to download, depending on your Internet connection.
- Table of Contents & Executive Summary
- Sections 1-3: Introduction; Approach; Need And Justification
- Sections 4: Existing Conditions
- Sections 5: Alternative Planning Solutions
- Sections 6-10: Alternative Designs; Recommended Design; Impacts, Mitigation; Cost Estimate; Revisions
- Appendix A: Public Consultation Report
- Appendix B: Public Open House Displays (see above)
- Appendix C: Cultural Heritage Assessment Report
- Appendix D: Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment
- Appendix E: Natural Heritage Report
- Appendix F: Transportation Assessment
- Appendix G: Noise / Air Quality Assessment
- Appendix H: Drawing Set of the Preferred Design
- Appendix I: Storm Water Management Drawings
- Appendix J: Cost Estimate Details
Copies of display materials and newsletter from the public events are available in the "Public Consultation" section.