Image shows the view, looking down at cars travelling below.

New Union Station bus terminal edging closer to completion with dismantling of giant crane – see the high anxiety images here

Where once stood the looming winch is now a clear view all the way down, or up, depending on your vantage point – a sign of progress in the construction of a highly anticipated transit project.

Crane your neck and look way up Toronto.

One of the main cranes installed for the construction of the new Union Station bus terminal, on Bay Street, has now been taken down. It was recently quietly dismantled, with just three remaining for the completion of CIBC SQUARE and the future home of the bus hub.

The cabin of the crane was roughly 50 metres above Lakeshore Boulevard. Pointed skywards, the max height of the mast of the crane was roughly 106 metres above street level, in line with the 25th storey of the tower.

Image shows the view, looking down at cars travelling below.
Not for the faint of heart – The view down to the streets of Toronto, from 81 Bay Street, the location of the New Union Station Bus Terminal. Take note of the pedestrian walking at the upper right. (EllisDon Photo)

The construction – which is well underway – is a joint project between Metrolinx and Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines. The project includes two office towers (81 and 141 Bay Street) and an overbuild park spanning the GO rail corridor, which will be the first of its kind for the city.

Image shows crews working on a roof, to dismantle elements of the crane.
A look at the podium crane being dismantled by another crane (EllisDon Photo)
A large yellow crane is dismantled a piece at a time.
The big crane as it’s taken down, a piece at a time. (EllisDon Photo)

Once complete, the new Union Station bus terminal will provide more indoor weather-protected space for GO Bus customers and will be connected to the city’s PATH network, allowing GO and UP Express customers to quickly move between rail and bus, as well as around downtown Toronto.

Image looks up athe building under construction.
A long way up – CIBC SQUARE, as it stands today, less one crane at the top. (Nitish Bissonauth photo)

Once finished, the new terminal will have 14 bus bays – twice as many as the current bus hub.

Opening is scheduled for later this year.

Taking the crane down is an example of an important transit – and city – epicenter quickly going up.

A rendering showing the large glass building, with the GO bus station at the front.
What will be – A newly released rendering of the finished project. (© 2017 DBOX: a branding & creative agency)

Story by Nitish Bissonauth, Metrolinx bilingual spokesperson, media relations and issues specialist.

With files from Stacey Kenny, Metrolinx senior advisor, communications and stakeholder relations.