VIA Rail Canada yesterday revealed the completion of Winnipeg's Union Station upgrades.
During an inauguration ceremony for the newly renovated station, VIA Rail celebrated the event alongside members of Manitoba's political community and transportation industry stakeholders. The event provided an opportunity for all to witness the new look and upgrades done in the heritage building, which was awarded BOMA BEST environmental certification in 2011.
This project was made possible due to an investment by the Government of Canada. The over $6 million renovation project to VIA Rail’s Winnipeg Union Station took approximately 14 months and has given the hundred-year-old station a renewed and modern look.
The central rotunda, one of the station's most distinctive features, was cleaned, repaired and repainted. The restoration of the rotunda emphasizes the station's heritage status, as its new look resembles that of the original rotunda. Significant upgrades were made to client facilities including the ticket counter, washrooms and waiting areas.
Station accessibility was improved with the installation of a new elevator between the waiting room and the passenger boarding platform, among other accessible amenities. The funding for this project augments the $3.5 million already invested in many renovation projects carried out since 2007, including a full roof replacement and repairs to heating and cooling systems. The Winnipeg Union Station is the largest station owned by VIA Rail.