Kipling GO bus station reaches new heights with canopy work

Kipling GO station, undergoing a major transformation to become a true transit hub, has seen substantial construction recently. We thought you’d like to see how far – and high – the work has come.

Look up – way up.

Recent work on the Kipling Bus Terminal is starting to stand out. Or rather, rise up.

Crews have made substantial progress on the station’s canopy. The overhang – which stretches out about 15 metres over the platform – will shelter customers from the elements.

We thought we’d show you some updated images of the Kipling construction.

Rendering shows what the Kipling station will look like. A large station, with a bus pulling up in front.

An artist’s rendering shows what the Kipling station is expected to look like, once the work is complete – and warm weather returns. (Metrolinx photo)

But first, here’s a bit of background on the terminal. The Kipling GO station will connect customers to the transit agency’s buses and trains, as well as MiWay and the TTC. Once complete, it will feature a reconfigured TTC parking lot northeast of the new bus terminal, and include passenger pick-up and drop-off, as well as taxi areas.

A pedestrian bridge will span over the train tracks – complete with elevators – to connect the new bus terminal to the GO train platform.

There will be a renovated GO station building and new underground tunnels will make it easier to walk between the new GO/MiWay bus terminal and the existing TTC station.

Now for the status and the recent shots.

A workman looks up at work on the bus canopy.

Installation of the canopy on the South side of the Bus Terminal building is ongoing. Why is this type of work required? Well, it creates an overhang to shelter passengers and buses for a more comfortable experience from the range of Toronto elements. The canopy cantilevers extend over the bus platform by 15 metres (49 feet) – offering enough shelter for everyone. (Metrolinx photo)

A man uses a 'cherry-picker' crane to reach work on the bus canopy.

Layers are added by installing the steel deck on top of the trusses at the south side canopy. Piece by piece, the formation of the overhang is taking shape. (Metrolinx photo)

Image shows the new structure, including wrapping to help protect work from the elements.

Here’s an interesting image of work on the concrete wall underneath the stair case to access the rail platform. After pouring concrete for the two walls, the walls are covered. This protection from cold weather until the concrete is cured is extremely important. When the thermometer plunges, concrete must be protected from freezing until it has reached a minimum specified strength. If concrete freezes while it is still fresh or before it has developed sufficient strength to resist the expansive forces of freezing water, watch out for unfavourable results. Early freezing can have a significant impact on the concrete’s strength. (Metrolinx photo)

Image shows a concrete wall, with a large apartment just behind.

Concrete walls for the Bus Terminal soundwall are completed. Soundwalls help reduce the noise traveling from a source by blocking its path to the receiver. In this case, it is placed in between the buses and the neighbouring building. This wall was constructed using the “shotcrete” method. Concrete is placed and compacted at the same time because of the force with which it is ejected from the nozzle. (Metrolinx photo)