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“very very dirty ”
Review of Toronto Union

Toronto Union
Ranked #57 of 505 things to do in Toronto
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Owner description: One of Toronto's premier architectural landmarks, this 750-foot-long, classically-inspired hall is the main juncture of the city's rail and subway transit systems.
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“very very dirty ”
Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

i have used this station several times and it was never clean . but it is a must used station specialy when you want to see harbour front . donot expect a clean wel maintained area, you would get disappointed.

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Hamilton, Canada
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“Classic North American Rail Station”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Union Station is a classic North American rail station built in the Beaux-Art style to impress people during the 20th century of the power and importance of railways. The similarities between these railway stations and bank buildings of the times is not accidental - both used stone and marble, both had large open interiors, and both used large buildings. The place to see this in Union Station is in the main Via Rail concourse or Great Hall - upstairs from the GO concourse. As you walk up or down the marble steps that lead from the lower concourse you cannot but note how well they have been worn over the last 90 years by millions of travelers. The brass handrails have always been a fixture of the stairs. In the Great Hall look around the walls and see the friezes that line them. The lighting of the Great Hall comes from light coming through the windows at the end of the hall. Unfortunately the station is being renovated. This means that the outside architecture is hidden and the rest of the station, outside the Great Hall is in construction turmoil. The area is virtually inaccessible by car and even the subway may not service Union Station on some weekends due to construction. One of the areas under construction is the magnificent train shed. It is being replaced by a modern glass structure and the original shed may be lost. If you are a railway station fan, hold off your visit until at least 2016 so that the construction will be finished.

Visited July 2014
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London, Ontario
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“Undergoing some construction at the moment”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Lots of construction going on outside of Union station on Front Street. Front street is still the best place to get a taxi though. It can get very very busy near the bus station part of Union Station, as well as entering and exiting the subway.

Visited June 2014
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Oakville, Canada
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“Avoid this area - if you can”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

I’ve had the recent misfortune to use this facility a few times. The Union Station refurb/renovation plus the Front St. construction is a monster. It is very hard to find your way around, even for someone like me who has used GO transit and subways since 1989. It would be much better if there were a few well-placed useful signs – for example, the best way to get to the Air Canada Centre. From the Main Hall for the rails and the Main GO Concourse, there is no obvious signage to guide tourists and others to the Air Canada Centre thru the building. And why are Lakeshore trains on the far (south) platforms? The Lakeshore route this is the main GO line and yet these trains are at the back of the station? The Lakeshore trains should be at the closest, easiest platforms, on the North side. Also, GO should place real human guides at key locations to help people thru this awful mess. And I'm not a newbie - I took the GO for 5 years and have lived here since 89. I pity tourists and business visitors trying to navigate thru Union Station. We all understand that this is a major project and that there will be major disruptions, but the situation could be greatly improved, in my view, with some good signage and guides at strategic locations.

Visited July 2014
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Ontario, Canada
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“Toronto Union Station”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

The station itself is big and clean. The procedures for booking are good. The staff are helpful.
However, the area around the station is horrible. It is not easy to find a parking close to the station if you are not familiar with Toronto downtown. Lots of constructions around the area. They started more than a year ago, and did not finish. If you take a bus and get off to walk to the station, that is really miserable. There should be an easy pavement to allow people with luggage to walk peacefully. I had to drag my suitcases in the street ( with lots of construction) and had to go down the stairs to reach the station.
Taking the train is better than the bus if you get a good price for your ticket. However, the trains are old and relatively slow.

Visited April 2014
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