Danforth GO Station

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Danforth
Danforth GO Station.jpg
Location 213 Main Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°41′12″N 79°17′57″W / 43.68667°N 79.29917°W / 43.68667; -79.29917Coordinates: 43°41′12″N 79°17′57″W / 43.68667°N 79.29917°W / 43.68667; -79.29917
Owned by Metrolinx
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Connections BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Main Street (TTC)
BSicon CLRV.svg ‹See Tfm› 506  BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Construction
Bicycle facilities Racks
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code GO Transit: DAGO
Fare zone 06
History
Opened 1883
Rebuilt 1974
Services
Preceding station   GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit   Following station
Terminus
Lakeshore East
toward Oshawa
Stouffville
toward Lincolnville

Danforth GO Station is a railway station[1] on GO Transit's Lakeshore East line in Toronto, Canada. The station is situated in the east end of the old City of Toronto, at Main Street, south of Danforth Avenue. The TTC's Main Street station on the Bloor–Danforth line of the subway is a short distance to the north, but is not connected to it directly.

Select trains on the GO Transit Stouffville line stop at the station as part of a year-long pilot project that began on February 2, 2015. Other Stouffville trains pass through the station without stopping.[2]

History[edit]

Because of a lack of available land to expand their existing downtown yard, the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) decided to build a new freight yard on farmland south of Danforth Avenue where the line to Montreal crossed Dawes Road, which had to be closed and traffic diverted to a new street called Main. The yard had a capicity of 420 cars and could store 31 locomotives in a roundhouse with adjacent repair shops.

Danforth station in 1953

The York Railway Station was built on the north side of the tracks just east of Main Street around 1883. The GTR became part of Canadian National Railways in 1923 and by the 1940s the yard was no longer used for freight and the roundhouse was demolished.[3] Under Canadian National the station became Danforth Railway Station.[4] The original GTR station building was demolished in 1974 and the current GO Transit facility was built in its place.[3]

Main-Danforth has been identified by Metrolinx as a transportation mobility hub as it is located at the interchange of two or more current or planned regional rapid transit lines. [5]

Connecting transit[edit]

Although the 506 Carlton streetcar, and 64 Main and 135 Gerrard bus routes pass on Main Street there are no stops immediately beside the GO Station. Similarly Main Street subway station on the Bloor–Danforth line is over 300 metres distant, to the north of Danforth Avenue.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Danforth GO Station— TRAIN STATION". GO Transit. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.gotransit.com/public/en/updates/schedulechanges.aspx
  3. ^ a b "Toronto East". All Aboard Toronto – Railways and the Growth of a City. Toronto Public Library. Retrieved May 2013. 
  4. ^ "York Railway Station negative". Toronto Public Library. 1953. Retrieved May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Main-Danforth Mobility Hub Profile" (PDF). Metrolinx. September 19, 2012. Retrieved May 2013. 

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