Transit officials mull Union link



Rick Eglinton / Toronto Star


The longstanding idea of moving Toronto’s intercity coach terminal to Union Station from its existing location at Bay and Dundas streets could finally be realized under Ontario’s new regional transportation planning body.


The existing bus terminal is owned by the TTC and used by private carriers such as Greyhound and Coach Canada. But the space and the location have long been considered inadequate, with insufficient room for buses to park.

The Greater Toronto Transportation Authority board will decide Friday whether to proceed with a six-month study of the implications of moving the terminal to the provincially owned former OPP headquarters at 90 Harbour St.

“I think it’s worth the GTTA looking to see whether there’s a viable proposal that can be made,” chair Rob MacIsaac said yesterday.

Linking the coach station to GO train and bus services and the TTC makes sense for private operators trying to get a share of the commuter business, as well as the public carriers that would be receiving passengers from other cities.

A bus terminal “could further enhance Union Station as a major inter-regional mobility hub,” according to the report.