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The picture above is a 360 degree, tilt, pan and zoom photo of the PATH system. Be sure to see it in full screen and move the image around to get a great impression of this part of the underground complex.
The underground path system in Toronto started in 1917 when five tunnels were dug in the center of the city and then Union Station, the main railway station, was opened in 1927 and connected to the Royal York Hotel. Finally the current complex was started in the 1970s leading to a length of approximately 30 km or 17 miles.
|Toronto PATH system from flickr under licence|
The present system connects Toronto City Hall, grocery stores, three schools, five condos, five subway stations, six hotels, six cultural sites, over fifty office towers as well as 1200 retail stores.
One of the criticisms of the complex is its maze like design due to local commercial additions without an overall definition of expansion and the difficult signage interpretation. Colour codes for directions of the compass are not often useful and visitors often feel as if they‘re trapped in a labyrinth without an exit.
The map below is a representation of the master plan for the expansion of the PATH system from its current 30 km of underground walkways to almost 60 km. in the future making it by far the largest complex of its type in the world.
The future goal is not just to link more buildings and public facilities, but also to connect with nearby public spaces and parks, such as Berczy Park and the Queen's Quay/Waterfront area. Hospitals will also be connected and one will able to live, work and play in downtown Toronto during inclement weather without being exposed to the elements which is great considering the large variation in temperature of Toronto during the year from freezing cold to very hot.
The picture below is a 360 degree, tilt, pan and zoom photo of the PATH system. Be sure to see it in full screen and move the image around to get a great impression of this part of the underground complex.
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