Toronto Union Station renovation poses problems for new electric trains

February 1, 2016

TORONTO – Plans involving a new glass ceiling for GO train platforms at Union Station didn’t account for a change from diesel to electric trains.Website Insert Development Finance and Management copy

Metrolinx officials have since discovered that the new trains won’t fit under the arches of the roof.

The $250-million project started in 2006 but the province didn’t approve the electrification of the rail corridors and future trains until 2011.

“It’s a challenge that nobody’s standing around scratching their heads,” spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said. “There are a variety of options and what they’re trying to assess right now is what is the most cost efficient and what’s the least disruptive to our customers.”

The electric wires required to carry power to the trains will be placed overhead would be too low.

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