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Union Station renovations behind schedule: audit

The renovations at Union Station are behind schedule, according to a City of Toronto audit, partly due to the “complexity” and high risk of excavating the transit hub. 

The $665-million project was six months behind schedule as of March 31, the city’s auditor general Jeffrey Griffiths wrote in a report. Construction began in June 2010 and was scheduled to be finished by 2016.

Griffiths said city council should keep a closer eye on the project to make sure the work is done on time. The audit committee will discuss the report at a meeting on Thursday.

The project includes bigger transit concourses, which will make it easier for people to move through Union Station, as well as more exits and new connections to the underground PATH system.

It will also restore heritage elements and bring in more stores and restaurants.

The Government of Canada is contributing $164 million to the project and the Government of Ontario is kicking in $197 million. The city is paying the remaining $304 million, according to the auditor-general’s report.

Click here to read the report.