Rouge Hill GO Station

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Rouge Hill
GO Station
Rouge Hill GO Sta 1.JPG
Station statistics
Address 6251 Lawrence Ave. E.
Scarborough, Ontario
Coordinates 43°46′49″N 79°07′50″W / 43.78028°N 79.13056°W / 43.78028; -79.13056Coordinates: 43°46′49″N 79°07′50″W / 43.78028°N 79.13056°W / 43.78028; -79.13056
Connections
Structure type Station building
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking 1,041 spaces
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened 23 May 1967
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code GO Transit: ROGO
Fare zone 09
Services
Preceding station   GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit   Following station
Lakeshore East
toward Oshawa

Rouge Hill is a GO Transit train and bus station on the Lakeshore East line. The station is located on the shore of Lake Ontario in West Rouge in the former municipality of Scarborough, the most easterly neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a major commuter transfer point, with large parking lots and local bus services.

History[edit]

Looking east at Port Union Village and the Grand Trunk Railway station

The earliest Port Union Station was situated at Port Union Road, about half a kilometre west of the current location. The Grand Trunk Railway opened the station in 1856 on its Toronto-Montreal mainline, in what was then the small ship building and fishing village of Port Union.[1]

In the days of the steam locomotive, freight trains needed assistance to climb from lake level over the Scarborough Bluffs. Port Union was the easterly end of this helper service with a siding that ran behind the station for waiting locomotives, and a water tower and fuel tanks to resupply westbound trains. With the advent of diesel-electric power those facilities were no longer required [2]and Canadian National Railway subsequently replaced the station with a utilitarian brick building.

A spur line branched off to service the Johns Manville plant which lay on the west side of Port Union Road on the south side of Lawrence Avenue down to the railway line.

Inspection of the CN station found that insufficient space was available there for parking and vehicle access from Port Union Road was poor. A triangle of land could be obtained 500 metres to the east, on the south side of Lawrence Avenue, that would provide enough space for parking and a bus loop with direct access from the street. When construction of the new GO Train facilities commenced, this was the site chosen for the Premier of Ontario, John Robarts to ceremonially turn the first sod.[3]

Connecting bus routes[edit]

Toronto Transit Commission
54E Express peak-hour limited stop service east to Starspray Blvd. and west to Lawrence East SRT station
Durham Region Transit
  • 109 Rouge Hill Shuttle connecting the Altona Forest Neighbourhood and South Rosebank. Monday to Friday peak hours and Saturday.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Centennial-Port Union". Toronto Neighbourhoods. Retrieved March 2014. "In the 1800's, Port Union was a booming waterfront village with thriving ship building and commercial fishing industries, two hotels, a commercial wharf, and a variety of small businesses. In 1856, the Grand Trunk Railway opened a station in Port Union which added to the importance of this waterfront village." 
  2. ^ Edward Emery and Edward Helmich (August 1972). "CNs "Brutes"". Canadian Rail Vol.No.247. Canadian Railroad Historical Association. Retrieved March 2014. 
  3. ^ Wilfred Sergeant (2004). "Building GO-Transit". 8: Locating the stations. HTA PRESS. Retrieved March 2014. 

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