Georgetown GO Station

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Georgetown
Georgetown Ontario Railway Station 2.jpg
Location55 Queen Street
Georgetown, Ontario
Coordinates43°39′19″N 79°55′08″W / 43.65528°N 79.91889°W / 43.65528; -79.91889Coordinates: 43°39′19″N 79°55′08″W / 43.65528°N 79.91889°W / 43.65528; -79.91889
Owned byGTR 1856-1923
CNR 1923-1978
VIA Rail 1978-present
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsGO Transit logo.svg GO Transit
Construction
Structure typeHeritage station building[1]
Parking615 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Other information
Station codeGO Transit: GE
Fare zone35
History
Opened1858
Passengers
2018589 (daily average) Decrease 2.8% (GO Transit[2])
Services
Preceding station VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail Following station
Guelph
toward Sarnia
Sarnia–Toronto Brampton
toward Toronto
Preceding station GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit Following station
Acton
towards Kitchener
Kitchener Mount Pleasant
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Guelph
toward Chicago
International Brampton
toward Toronto
Preceding station Canadian National Railway Following station
Limehouse
toward Sarnia
SarniaToronto
via Lucan Crossing
Norval
toward Toronto
Stewarttown
toward Hamilton
HamiltonAllandale Terra Cotta
toward Allandale
Designated1994
Reference no.4622

Georgetown GO Station is a railway station served by GO Transit's Kitchener line and Via Rail's Toronto-Sarnia train. It is located west of Mountainview Road North at 55 Queen Street in Georgetown, Ontario, Canada.

History[edit]

Georgetown GTR station in 1908

The station was constructed in 1858 by the Grand Trunk Railway,[3] designed by the GTR chief engineer Francis Thompson and built by Casimir Gzowski.[1]

The station was acquired by Canadian National Railway when the GTR assets were transferred in 1923 and later became a VIA Rail station.[1] GO Transit service began in 1978.

The station once had a water tower for steam trains and had platforms on both sides of the station building, with the south side now paved over for a large commuter parking lot.

The station was the terminus of the then-named Georgetown line for most of its GO Transit history, from 1978 to 1990 and 1993 to 2011. Between 1990 and 1993 and since 2011, some GO Trains have served stations further west; as of 2015 the majority of trains on the line continue to originate and terminate here.

The International Limited was operated jointly by Via Rail and Amtrak between Chicago and Toronto. The service, which had started in 1982, was discontinued in 2004.[4]

Station facilities[edit]

The two mainline tracks are used jointly by Canadian National, Via Rail, Goderich-Exeter and GO Transit. On the north side of the station a yard provides four layover tracks and an island platform used for GO Train service. Via trains operate from a side platform on the south side of the station, adjacent to the station building.

The station has two parking lots. The main parking lot and station building are located on the south side of the tracks adjacent to a bus loading/unloading zone.

Ticket sales are available during peak hours with an attendant, as well as during evenings for the last few days of every month.

The station building is open during the posted GO train hours and for a half-hour before each Via train arrival.

Services[edit]

Train[edit]

  • GO Transit Kitchener line - Kitchener - Toronto: 10 trains in each direction between Georgetown and Toronto, of which 8 eastbound and 7 westbound trains operate the full route from Kitchener to Toronto, and the remainder operate only between Toronto and Georgetown or Guelph.[5]
  • Via Rail Corridor Service - Sarnia - London - Kitchener - Toronto: 2 daily trains in each direction, of which one operates the full route between Sarnia and Toronto, and the other operates only between London and Toronto.

Bus[edit]

  • GO Bus Route 31[5] - Guelph - Georgetown - Brampton - Toronto
  • GO Bus Route 33[5] - Guelph - Georgetown - Brampton - Yorkdale - York Mills
  • Halton Hills's Activan - for registered clients with a booking

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "VIA Rail/Canadian National Railways Station, 55 Queen Street, Georgetown, Ontario". Canada's Historic Places. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Detailed ridership map released for GO and UP Express stations". Metrolinx. 30 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Georgetown Via-GO station (former Grand Trunk station)". waymarking.com. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  4. ^ Matt Melzer (23 April 2004). "Final Run of the Amtrak - VIA International". TrainWeb.org. Retrieved August 4, 2015. From 1982, Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada had jointly operated the International train between Chicago and Toronto
  5. ^ a b c "Kitchener Line Schedule" (PDF). gotransit.com. GO Transit. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2020.

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