Agreed. I never understood the lack of escalators in Union, though I’m sure it’s some accessibility logic that doesn’t hold in practice. Full canopy coverage would be the one thing that they seriously need to reconsider on, no matter how plain.
While the aesthetic downgrade is disappointing, the thing that really gets me is how abysmal the pedestrian experience is here. I've been to many stations that are architecturally bland, but deliver an interesting and enjoyable experience for the traveller.
Thats out of scope for east harbour, though Im not sure if MX killed the pedestrian bridge that would sit beside the new bridge over the don.I am not great at understanding the engineer docs, does it depict new pedestrian/road connections across the Don? At the moment accessing the future station site from Corktown means an uncomfortable walk over the Eastern or Lake Shore bridge. A ped bridge next to the old Eastern Avenue bridge to connect the Don Trail to Sunlight Park road would likely put a lot more people within 10 minute walking distance.
Pretty much every recent station renovation has been designed to be adapted for level boarding. One of the few places where MX has actually been forward-thinking. The issue now is all the bilevel cars need to be refitted to have adjustable steps at the doors before they can convert any of the stations.I really do wish that GO would move toward level boarding.