From time to time in the Georgetown South Corridor debate, the issue of a direct connection between Dundas West subway station and the GO platforms at Bloor station surfaces. Oddly enough, although a connection at this point for the Airport link would be quite useful, the usual “design” mooted is for a walking transfer via Bloor Street. This is bad enough for TTC-to-GO connections, but for Airport passengers with luggage, it’s a joke.
Since the late 1980’s, the TTC and GO have contemplated a direct link at this location, and provision for this was included in the property deal between the City of Toronto, the TTC and what became in time the Crossways Development. Nothing ever came of this in part because service on the Weston corridor was peak-only, and the cost was considered excessive for the potential use it would see. This situation is no longer true because there will be all-day service at least to Georgetown plus the Airport link, however it is implemented.
A preliminary design for the connection was done by TTC in April 1987. This design would require some revision today both to provide full accessibility (elevators) and to fit with the planned new platform arrangements at Bloor station on the rail corridor. In the interests of informed discussion, I have scanned the 1990 report on the history of this connection as well as the 1987 plan.
The report has been reformatted slightly, but the text is unchanged. The drawing has been split apart from four separate images on one large page for ease of viewing online.