VIA Rail Canada has announced the completion of Winnipeg’s Union Station upgrades.
The $6 million project took approximately 14 months and has given the 100-year-old station a renewed and modern feel. 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 also 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 historic train station was constructed between 1908 and 1911 and was designed by Warren and Wetmore, the architects responsible for Grand Central Terminal in New York City.