From the ground up – Caledonia Station will get customers moving quicker

In the fourth part of our continuing Crosstown Progress series, we see how Caledonia, is unique, by being built in a traditional way.

You live in Barrie but work at Yonge and Eglinton.

That commute sounds, well, long.

But we’re working to save you a bit of extra time. Located on Eglinton Avenue West, between Blackthorn Avenue and Croham Road, Caledonia Station will be one of three Crosstown stations to feature connections to adjacent GO stations.

Work crews toil down in a large hole, where you can see the tunnels that the light rail vehicles will use.

The station is starting to take shape as crews work upward from platform level.

The tunnels that connect Caledonia to neighbouring Keelesdale are now complete and excavation finished last year. Concrete pours are taking place and the formwork of the station is starting to creep up to street level.

Construction for Caledonia Station began in 2016 and is expected to be completed next year, in 2020. It’ll see early action as vehicle testing will run through this station once the track work is complete.

The large construction pit is shown. It includes concrete walls that are already lined with insulation.

Room to spare – The station uses a traditional construction method of growing from the bottom up.

While many other Crosstown stations are being mined or built from the top down, Caledonia Station is unique. It’s going old school. The station is being built in a more traditional ‘bottom up’ approach – similar to that of a condo development.

It’s all in the way the road dips south in that area that allows the underground station to be built off of Eglinton. Access to the station, however, will still be located on Eglinton Avenue, off to the north side.

Remember when we mentioned that connection to a GO Station? Metrolinx plans to construct a new GO station on the Barrie corridor as part of a separate project. This includes construction of a new pedestrian bridge over the rail corridor to connect the LRT to the GO station. This project is still in the design phase but is all part of Metrolinx’s GO Expansion plan to quadruple service in the next few years.

In an artist rendering, the white station is shown from high in the air.

An aerial shot of the future Caledonia Station includes a pedestrian bridge over the rail corridor, connecting you to where you need to go.

In an artist rendering, buses arrive outside the new station.

The station will connect commuters to the TTC bus and GO Stations. Did we mention 60 outdoor bike parking spaces and retail space inside the concourse?

 

So while Caledonia is taking a cue from traditional construction methods, it’s future in getting you on the move quicker, is very forward thinking.

To continue the Crosstown Progress series, click here.

Story by Erika D’Urbano, Metrolinx communications specialist.