After several years of proposals, The Government of Ontario is partnering with Etobicoke and Mississauga to finally redevelop the Toronto Transit Commission’s Kipling Station into a major transit hub that integrates subway, regional rail and inter-regional bus services.
Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario issued a Request for Proposals from three consortiums to design, build and finance the project. The teams include Bird/Kiewit JV, EllisDon Infrastructure Transit and Kipling Infrastructure Partnership. The successful bidder will be announced by fall 2017.
The new inter-regional bus terminal station and its surrounding infrastructure will redevelop the area around the Kipling GO Station and the TTC’s Kipling subway station and merge GO, TTC, and MiWay buses into a single complex. Toronto has an ever grander plan to build a new pedestrian-oriented city centre on the nearby site
“The new Kipling Mobility Hub is a project this community has been waiting for,” said Peter Milczyn MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. “A key element of the Etobicoke City Centre redevelopment, this hub will help more people get to and from the area.”
These upgrades will also allow for increased GO rail service on the Milton GO corridor and will support the province’s GO Regional Express Rail project (GO RER), which will provide faster and more frequent service on the GO Transit rail network and is the largest commuter rail project in Canada. Plans call for GO RER to increase the number of weekly trips across the GO train network from 1,500 today to roughly 6,000 by 2025.
For the new Kipling Mobility Hub, work will include an elevated pedestrian bridge a pedestrian underground tunnel, a new entrance, renovations to the existing GO station building and existing TTC pedestrian pick-up and drop off building, parking upgrades and a new extension of Acorn Ave south of Dundas St. West with vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian access, including traffic signals.