City of lights – Toronto’s Union Station tests new atrium illumination (See the night photos)

Just when you thought downtown couldn’t sparkle any more during the holidays, officials are testing banks of new bulbs at Canada’s busiest transit hub.

Toronto is getting a bit brighter at night.

As work continues on Toronto’s Union Station – modernizing the important transit hub – officials are testing newly installed atrium lights.

Union Station is lit up against a dark sky, with nearby office buildings also bright.

The CN Tower has some competition thanks to the new lighting inside Union Station. (Metrolinx photo)

Once testing is complete, the 71,0000-sq.ft. ‘glass jewel box’ atrium will be illuminated at night, visible from the offices and towers in the area. The section replaces the middle third of the train shed, to allow natural light to come it. It also means, at night, the complex pushes back against the darkness.

Image shows Union Station at night, with the CN Tower behind.

A closer look at the lights. (Metrolinx photo)

Here are some images, showing how the testing is going – or rather, glowing.

And if you’d like another angle, here’s an interesting daytime view inside the station, looking down at the platforms.  In October of this year, the last of the platform ‘stage changes’ was completed – which means all platforms are open – allowing an unobstructed view through the train shed.

Image shows platforms inside Union Station.

Below, all platforms are now open inside Union Station. Above, you can see why the renovations are being likened to a jewellery box. (Metrolinx photo)

Things are so bright at Union Station, Paris may soon have to give up their whole ‘city of lights’ bragging rights.