By Ryan Hanna, for Skedline.com
Construction on Kipling Station that began in 2018 is progressing well, which will see the integration of the Toronto Transit Commission, MiWay and GO Transit at the station.
MiWay buses currently serve Islington Station, but once the new bus terminal is complete, they will be altered to serve Kipling instead. This will shorten journey times for many riders, requiring buses to journey less into Toronto to let riders board the subway. It will also open up the opportunity for MiWay riders to take the GO Train from Kipling, which does not stop at Islington.
“It is expected that the MiWay routes that service Islington Subway Station will be relocated to service the new Kipling Bus Terminal, once it is operational,” explains Catherine Monast, a media advisor for Mississauga. There are 13 routes that currently serve Islington Station.
The new bus terminal will be located on the southern side of the building and will be connected by an elevated pedestrian bridge and an underground tunnel.
Kipling Station has been under construction for months, with large portions of the station being partitioned off and rider regularly being able to hear the construction as it happens. However, there is no signage to alert customers as to what is happening.
Since MiWay will be the primary user of the new bus terminal, the “City of Mississauga and MiWay staff has [sic] been involved in the design of the Kipling Bus Terminal alongside with Metrolinx, providing comments on design elements and direction on MiWay requirements at the Terminal,” says Alice Ho, supervisor for transit management at MiWay.
In April the TTC blocked off 150 parking spots on a temporary basis and permanently closed the 72 parking spaces in the Subway Crescent lot. But Scott Money, a Metrolinx media relations spokesperson, reassures me that there will be 1465 spaces upon completion — approximately the same amount as before.
Other than the new terminal, the updated station will include new Kiss & Ride and taxi areas, an updated train platform with accessible access an improved access for bikes and pedestrians, according to the GO Transit website.
The project has a fixed-price of $73 million and will be built by EllisDon Infrastructure Transit, a consortium of companies that will design, build and finance the site.