Oakville GO Station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Oakville
GO Station and Via Rail station
OakvilleGOStation.jpg
Station statistics
Address 214 Cross Avenue
Oakville, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°27′18″N 79°40′57″W / 43.45500°N 79.68250°W / 43.45500; -79.68250Coordinates: 43°27′18″N 79°40′57″W / 43.45500°N 79.68250°W / 43.45500; -79.68250
Connections GO Transit logo.svg GO Bus
Oakville Transit Oakville Transit
Platforms 1 side, 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Parking 2,724 spaces + 2 electric vehicle parking/charging stations
Bicycle facilities Rack
Other information
Opened 23 May 1967
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code GO Transit: OKGO
Amtrak code: OKL
Fare zone 13
Presto card Yes
Traffic
Passengers (2010) 13,100 (GO Train)[1]
Ranked 2nd of 62
Services
Preceding station   Via Rail   Following station
toward Windsor
Windsor–Toronto
Terminus
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak
Maple Leaf
Terminus
GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit
toward Hamilton
Lakeshore West
Lakeshore West
Niagara branch

Oakville GO Station is a railway station and bus station in the GO Transit network located at 214 Cross Avenue in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, near the Trafalgar Road exit 118 of the Queen Elizabeth Way. Via Rail's Oakville Station is located at 200 Cross Avenue, and directly accessible from GO's north platform.

It is a stop on GO's Lakeshore West line train service and, until October 2007, served as the western terminus for weekend service. On weekdays, one branch of the Highway 407 GO bus service, that connects with Sheridan College, Square One Bus Terminal, Bramalea GO Station, and York University terminates at this station, as does the Highway 403 peak-hour service, that also serves Square One, then follows Highway 401 to Yorkdale Bus Terminal, and Yonge Street to the Finch Bus Terminal. Apart from Union Station, Oakville is the busiest station in GO Transit's network by passenger volume.[1]

Via trains from Windsor-Quebec corridor routes stop here, as does Amtrak's Maple Leaf service from New York to Toronto.

Between 2009 and 2012, improvements on the Lakesore West line added a third mainline track requiring the demolition of the Via Rail station and the construction a new fully accessible building.[2] Vehicular access was improved and a covered drop off and pick up area was created with more than 1,000 new parking spaces added in a new six-storey parking structure.[3]

New Via Rail station building
Multi-storey parking structure

History[edit]

Oakville station, circa 1920

The Grand Trunk Railway was important to the development of Oakville because it was the major transportation link for goods and people to Toronto or Hamilton, and beyond.[4] The original Great Western Railway station was built here in 1856,[5] on the same site as the current VIA and GO Stations.[4] The Great Western Railway was purchased in 1882 by the Grand Trunk Railway, which was absorbed into the Canadian National Railway in 1920.

Connecting bus routes[edit]

Oakville Transit
  • 1 Trafalgar
  • 4 Speers-Cornwall
  • 10 West Industrial South (peak service only)
  • 11 Linbrook
  • 13 West Oak Trails
  • 14 Lakeshore West
  • 15 Bridge
  • 17 Kerr
  • 18 Glen Abbey South
  • 19 River Oaks
  • 20 Northridge
  • 24 South Common
  • 26 Falgarwood
  • 28 Glen Abbey North
  • 110 West Industrial North (peak service only)
  • 190 River Oaks Express (peak service only)
GO Transit
  • 18 Lakeshore West[6]
  • 19 Oakville/North York[7]
  • 20 Milton/Oakville[8]
  • 46 Hwy 407 West[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tess Kalinowski (October 16, 2011). "Jammed GO train is ‘already full by the time it gets here’". Toronto Star. Retrieved August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Oakville Station: A Collaborative Effort". Via Rail. 20 January 2012. Retrieved May 2013. 
  3. ^ "New parking structure now open at the Oakville GO Station". News release. Transport Canada. 19 October 2012. Retrieved May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Volume 45: Number 2". Newsletter. Oakville Historical Society. June 2011. Retrieved March 2014. 
  5. ^ Oakville's Yachting Heritage. Town of Oakville http://www.oakville.ca/culturerec/harbourheritage-essay6.html |url= missing title (help). Retrieved March 2014. With the opening of the Great Western Railway from Niagara Falls to Hamilton in 1855 and to Toronto through Oakville in 1856, the steamboat interest suffered badly 
  6. ^ Lakeshore West GO Bus Schedule
  7. ^ Oakville/North York GO Bus Schedule
  8. ^ 20 Milton/Oakville GO Bus Schedule
  9. ^ 407 West GO Bus Schedule

External links[edit]