Metrolinx has successfully negotiated the purchases of three CN Rail stations that GO Transit currently shares with VIA in Georgetown, Brampton and Oshawa, Ont. The $2.5 million purchase will make it easier for Metrolinx to modernize and upgrade these popular GO rail stations.
“We’re excited about these purchases because improving GO stations is an important part of The Big Move, Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan to create more modern and customer friendly facilities,” said Greg Percy, president of GO Transit. “This investment will make it easier for Metrolinx to modernize and make improvements to these properties and continue to work on making public transit the more convenient commuting option.”
Currently, Metrolinx is upgrading a number of its 63 GO stations including Bloor, Weston, Burlington, Clarkson, Pickering, Whitby, Guildwood, Long Branch, Eglinton, Mimico, and Kipling. Station improvements include installing or repairing elevators at all stations, providing accessible parking and washrooms, and building suitable areas for customers to wait for trains and purchase tickets/load PRESTO cards.
Renovations to older stations also include: snow-melting systems installed in platforms, heated and covered shelters, improving pedestrian access, exterior electronic schedules and improvements to the passenger drop off and pick up areas. Metrolinx is also adding more parking at a variety of GO stations.