As the new Union Station GO Bus Terminal opens this week, we look back at the first terminal and how it has shaped the lives of Toronto’s commuters since it opened in 2003.

The first terminal was designed by DTAH as an interim facility for GO Transit, on a site immediately east of Union Station in downtown Toronto.

It replaced an over-capacity area in front of Union Station on Front Street – staff originally had to move taxis and cars to accommodate buses; in addition to managing GO bus customers in line, staff had to ensure they didn’t interrupt regular pedestrian access. The first terminal was a welcome addition to Toronto and the GTA’s transit infrastructure, providing dedicated space for buses and GO users, as well as offering covered and heated waiting areas, and safe boarding areas. Read more here

The site is now part of the larger, interconnected CIBC Square development. DTAH is currently working with WilkinsonEyre and Adamson Associates in the next phase of evolution to realize the public realm vision for the 141 Bay site. Read more about CIBC Square on the project’s official website here