Weston GO Station

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Weston
GO Station
Weston GO Station steel 14809229014.jpg
Construction on the new station
Station statistics
Address 1865 Weston Road[1]
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°42′02″N 79°30′50″W / 43.70056°N 79.51389°W / 43.70056; -79.51389Coordinates: 43°42′02″N 79°30′50″W / 43.70056°N 79.51389°W / 43.70056; -79.51389
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Platforms 1 side and 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Parking 144 (+110 owned by City of Toronto)
Other information
Opened 1974
Rebuilt July 24, 2013[2]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code GO Transit: WSGO
Fare zone 04
Presto card Yes
Services
Preceding station   GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit   Following station
toward Kitchener
Kitchener
  Planned  
Union Pearson Express
Terminus
Union Pearson Express
(opening 2015)

Weston GO Station is a GO Transit train station[1] on the Kitchener line in Toronto, Canada. It is located on the south side of Lawrence Avenue West, just east of Weston Road,[1] in the community of Weston, Ontario.

The station is fully accessible with pedestrian entrances from both sides of Lawrence Avenue. The parking lot southwest of the station has a capacity of 144 cars and includes a kiss and ride passenger drop off area.[2] There is an additional 110-space parking lot north of John Street, which is owned by the City of Toronto but leased by GO Transit.[1]

History[edit]

The original GO Station stretched north from Lawrence Avenue to John Street with pedestrian entrances to the single platform from both ends. This location became unsuitable when the tracks had to be sunk in a trench in order to tunnel through old Weston and so the station was relocated south of Lawrence Avenue.[2]

That first location had been close to the sites of the Weston Stations of Canadian National Railway(CNR) and Canadian Pacific Railway(CPR). The first station had been built by the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR), which came to Weston in 1856[3] and was absorbed by the CNR in 1923. The Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway (TG&BR) went into service in 1871 on narrow gauge rail, which had been converted to standard gauge track by 1883, and became part of the CPR in 1884.[4]

A Tim Hortons store on the south side of Lawrence Avenue West, east of the tracks, pays homage to the old station with a replica "Weston" station sign on the roof.

Connecting TTC buses[edit]

There are no bus stops beside the station, but connections can be made a short distance west at the intersection of Lawrence Avenue West and Weston Road to the 52 Lawrence West, 79 Scarlett Road, and 89 Weston buses.

Expansion plans[edit]

Weston GO Station will be a stop on the Union Pearson Express running from Union Station to Toronto Pearson International Airport. It is being designed and built by Metrolinx in time for the 2015 Pan American Games. The agency will also own and operate the line.[5]

To support this, a new Weston station is being built on the south side of Lawrence Avenue West. A platform and parking lot will be built for use with parking for over 180 cars. It will be a full service station with access from both sides of Lawrence Avenue.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Weston GO Station". Stations and stops. GO Transit. Retrieved October 2014. "110 parking spaces - leased from the City of Toronto" 
  2. ^ a b c Daniel Garcia and Sean Marshall. "GO Transit's Kitchener Line". Transit Toronto. Retrieved October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Historical Background and Heritage Conservation District Statement". Weston Heritage Conservation District Plan. City of Toronto. Retrieved October 2014. "The coming of the Grand Trunk Railroad (now the CN) in 1856 and the Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway (now the CP) provided a tremendous economic stimulus to the village of Weston" 
  4. ^ "Existing Conditions And Impact Assessment Report". Transit Project Assessment Process: Georgetown South Service Expansion and Union-Pearson Rail Link. GO Transit. July 2009. Retrieved October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Airport link plan tackles fears in Weston area, premier says" By Tess Kalinowski & Rob Benzie, Toronto Star. January 22, 2009
  6. ^ "Georgetown South Project - Weston GO Station"

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