Georgetown GO Station

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For the disused railway station in Houston, Scotland, see Georgetown railway station.
Georgetown
Via Rail and GO Transit Station
Georgetown Ontario Railway Station 2.jpg
Station statistics
Address 55 Queen Street
Georgetown, Ontario
Coordinates 43°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
Structure type Heritage station building[1]
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking 615 spaces
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened 1858
Station code GO Transit: GEGO
Owned by GTR 1856-1923
CNR 1923-1978
VIA Rail 1978-present
Fare zone 35
Presto card Yes
Services
Preceding station   Via Rail   Following station
toward Sarnia
Sarnia–Toronto
toward Toronto
GO Transit
toward Kitchener
Kitchener
Designated: 1994
Reference No. 4622

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

The two mainline tracks are used jointly by CN, VIA and GO Transit. On the north side of the station a yard provides four layover tracks, used for GO Train service. This GO Train platform can be accessed from the south parking lot by way of a passenger tunnel just east of the main station building or from the north parking lot by a level crossing at the west end. The layover tracks are equipped with power outlets to keep train batteries charged, overnight or during the weekend.

History[edit]

Georgetown GTR station in 1908

Originally a Grand Trunk Railway station, constructed in 1858,[2] designed by the GTR chief cngineer 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]

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 2011 the majority of trains on this line continue to originate and terminate here.

Station facilities[edit]

Two parking lots are available to accommodate a growing demand for public transit. 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. There are Presto card readers near both south and north entrances.

During the summer months, connecting bus service to Guelph and the University of Guelph is modified due to the seasonal reduction in ridership, although weekend service has been expanded.

Via Rail passengers can wait in the station building during the posted GO Train hours and the building also opens for Via passengers a half hour before each train arrival.

Connections[edit]

All GO buses board from a single bus bay just east of the station building.

  • GO Bus Route 31[3] - Guelph - Georgetown - Brampton - Toronto
  • GO Bus Route 33[3] - Guelph - Georgetown - Brampton - Yorkdale - York Mills
  • Halton Hills's Activan - for registered clients with a booking

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