Allandale Waterfront GO Station

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Allandale Waterfront
GO Station
Allandale Waterfront GO Station 0431.JPG
Station statistics
Address 285 Bradford Street, Barrie
Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 44°22′27″N 79°41′16″W / 44.37417°N 79.68778°W / 44.37417; -79.68778Coordinates: 44°22′27″N 79°41′16″W / 44.37417°N 79.68778°W / 44.37417; -79.68778
Line(s) formerly The Canadian, Northlander
Connections
Platforms 1 side platform
6 bus bays
Tracks 1 + 1 bypass
Parking 150
Other information
Opened June 19, 1905
Closed 1980; rails lifted 1996
Rebuilt 2011
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code GO Transit: ADGO
Owned by Metrolinx/City of Barrie
Fare zone 69
Presto card Yes
Formerly CHUM Limited
Services
Preceding station   GO Transit   Following station
Terminus Barrie

Allandale Waterfront GO Station,[1][2] was built just south of Allandale Station, a historic train station that occupies a large property on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe in the waterfront area of Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

Construction of the new facility began in 2009. GO Transit announced on 15 June 2011 that the station would open in the autumn of 2011,[3][4] but construction delayed its opening until January 2012. Bus service to the station began on the 28 January 2012, with the train service following two days later.[5]

A ceremonial train trip from Allandale Waterfront GO Station to Bradford GO Station officially opened the station on 29 January 2012.[6]

History[edit]

Old Allandale Station undergoing renovations

Early years[edit]

The Ontario, Simcoe and Huron Union Railroad (OS&HURR) first built a station here in 1853. The current structure, the fourth station building on the site, was built in 1904 by Richard Scruton, and opened by then-operator Grand Trunk Railway on June 19, 1905.[7][8] The station provided passenger service for the Grand Trunk and later the Canadian National Railway and Via Rail until closing in 1980.[8] It briefly reopened as a GO passenger facility from 1990 to 1993. In 1996 the CNR lifted rails between Allandale and Longford.

ACDC[edit]

The Allandale Community Development Corporation or 'ACDC' (with City interests) purchased the buildings and adjacent 7 acres (28,000 m2) from CNR after train service discontinued in the 1980s.[9] ACDC then sold the station to CHUM Ltd in 2000.

CHUM ownership[edit]

CHUM Ltd. purchased the 6.9 acres (28,000 m2) of land, including the station buildings for $1,050,000 in 2000. CHUM planned to restore the Allandale Station building as part of their plan to develop of a new broadcast centre on the site, though changed their plan in 2004. In 2007 CHUM agreed to sell the property to the City for the same amount CHUM originally paid. CHUM received a Charitable Donation Tax Receipt reflecting the increased value of the property since 2000 largely due to the restoration and site works completed by CHUM.[10]

Redevelopment[edit]

Construction of the new Allandale Waterfront GO Station (located adjacent to the historic Allandale Station) broke ground in spring 2010 and the station officially opened on 28 January 2012. Redevelopment of the station cost approximately $5 million.[11]

The area of the historic station is currently undergoing two remaining stages of redevelopment: (i) the City of Barrie is undertaking the restoration of the historic Allandale Station, and (ii) the City of Barrie is undertaking the restoration of Gowan Street, which borders the southern edge of the station lands. The area is expected to become a new transportation and cultural hub of the city once all the construction is complete.

Services[edit]

The Barrie line has weekday service consisting of five trains southbound to Union Station in the morning, and five trains northbound from Union Station in the afternoon. During the months of July and August, bidirectional weekend service is also provided. As of June 29, 2013, the service consists of 4 trains in each direction between Allandale Waterfront Station and Union Station. [12]

Connecting buses[edit]

Barrie Transit
  • 1A Bayfield northbound to Georgian Mall
  • 1B Bayview southbound to Park Place
  • 3A Johnson northbound to Georgian College
  • 3B Yonge southbound to Barrie South GO Station
  • 4A East Bayfield northbound to Georgian Mall
  • 4B Yonge southbound to Barrie South GO Station
  • 5A Little terminus from Park Place
  • 5B Mapleview terminus to Park Place
  • 6A Livingstone northbound to Georgian College
  • 6B Ferndale southbound to Park Place
  • 7A Eastview northbound to Georgian College
  • 7B Ardagh southbound to Park Place
  • 8A Essa Park Place clockwise loop
  • 8B Big Bay Park Place counter-clockwise loop
  • 9A Grove terminus to Georgian College
  • 9B Edgehill terminus from Georgian College
  • 90 terminus via Angus to Borden
GO Transit

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ramsay, Janis (3 May 2011). "Station named Allandale Waterfront". Simcoe.com. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Bruton, Bob (June 2011). "Station names a GO". The Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Colebatch, Cathy (2009-10-01). "Go Expands Barrie Line with more service, new station". The Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  4. ^ Kalinowski, Tess (15 June 2011). "GO expands Barrie line with more service, new station". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  5. ^ McInroy, Ian (21 January 2012). "New GO station is ready to go". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  6. ^ McInroy, Ian (27 January 2012). "GO rolls out free train trip". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  7. ^ Boos, Josephine, Allandale Station, Simcoe County Historical Association 
  8. ^ a b Smith, Jeffrey P. (2009-08-28). "CNR Allandale". CNR in Ontario. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  9. ^ Urban Explorer
  10. ^ municipal press release
  11. ^ Bruton, Bob (11 January 2012). "Train station tab picking up steam". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  12. ^ "Barrie Line Seasonal Schedule". GO Transit. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 

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