Agincourt GO Station

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GO Transit logo.svg Agincourt
Agincourt GO Station 0120.JPG
First Agincourt GO Station
built 1982, demolished 2021
General information
Location4100 Sheppard Avenue East
Scarborough, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°47′10″N 79°17′04″W / 43.78611°N 79.28444°W / 43.78611; -79.28444Coordinates: 43°47′10″N 79°17′04″W / 43.78611°N 79.28444°W / 43.78611; -79.28444
Owned byMetrolinx
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks1
ConnectionsBSicon BUS1.svg
Construction
Structure typeBrick station building
Parking342 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeGO Transit: AG
Fare zone07
History
OpenedSeptember 7, 1982 (as a GO station)[1]
RebuiltOctober 2021[2]
Passengers
2018134,000[3]Increase 15.2%
Services
Preceding station GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit Following station
Kennedy Stouffville Milliken
towards Old Elm
Former services at CN station
Preceding station Canadian National Railway Following station
Scarboro
toward Toronto
TorontoBelleville via Peterboro Millikens
toward Belleville
Toronto
Port Hope via Peterboro
Millikens
toward Port Hope

Agincourt GO Station[4] is a GO Transit railway station in the Scarborough area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, served by Stouffville line trains.

History[edit]

The station's track was once used by Toronto and Nipissing Railway and later Grand Trunk Railway and finally by Canadian National Railway. TNR opened a simple wooden station at Agincourt in 1871.[5] (There was also a separate CPR Agincourt station located further east, built in 1884 by the Ontario and Quebec Railway which later merged with the Canadian Pacific Railway. This station no longer exists.) The CN station lasted into the 1970's and was demolished to accommodate the first Agincourt GO Station built in 1982.[1]

In 2018, EllisDon Transit Infrastructure was awarded a contract to expand the station for increased Regional Express Rail service. The project will include construction of a second platform, improved pedestrian and vehicle connections, and a new station building.[6] By February 2021, the old station building built in 1982 was demolished.[1] By October 2021, the new station building was completed; however, at that time work still remained for tracks, platforms and the parking area.[2]

Station description[edit]

This description pertains to the second Agincourt GO Station which was under construction as of October 2021. The second station has the following features:[2]

  • Station building featuring waiting area, digital displays, wood paneled ceiling, phone charging stations, accessible washrooms
  • Designed for LEED certification
  • Passenger pick-up and drop-off area (Kiss & Ride)
  • Indoor bike storage room for eight bicycles
  • Two tracks and two platforms
  • Two pedestrian tunnels with elevators
  • Canopies and integrated platform shelters
  • Connection to Sheppard Avenue at the south end of the platforms

Connecting transit[edit]

The Toronto Transit Commission's 85 Sheppard East and 985 Sheppard East Express bus routes links Agincourt Station to Don Mills station in the west, the 85 and 985B continues east into Scarborough while the 985A continues express to Scarborough Centre station.

Underpass construction[edit]

When the Sheppard East LRT (currently a defunct project[7]) was a plan back in 2010, it required a grade separation of Sheppard Avenue East and the GO train tracks.[8] This led contractors from the City of Toronto government and TTC to build a bridge for the GO train tracks, while having Sheppard Avenue move under it, as the light rail vehicles would not have been able to cross the GO tracks at ground level.[9] On July 3, 2012 the underpass was completed and opened to regular traffic, which was five months ahead of schedule.[10] However, in April 2019, Ontario premier Doug Ford announced that the provincial government would extend Line 4 Sheppard to McCowan Road at some unspecified time in the future, replacing the proposed Sheppard East LRT.[7]

The new underpass improves not only the flow of traffic along Sheppard Avenue, as vehicles no longer have to wait at a rail crossing, but also GO train service. The bridge also allows for two-way service on this portion of the line.[10] Building the bridge also meant that the parking capacity of the station could be expanded. Before that project, parking capacity was only 297, but it has now been increased to 342 spaces.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "As the old Agincourt Station comes down: A new chapter about to be written for important Scarborough transit stop". Metrolinx. February 9, 2021. Archived from the original on April 11, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "See video of new Agincourt GO station building". Metrolinx. October 25, 2021. Archived from the original on October 25, 2021.
  3. ^ "Drivers of Ridership and Revenue" (PDF). Metrolinx. February 7, 2019. p. 4. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  4. ^ "Agincourt GO Station Information". GO Transit. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Jeffrey P. Smith. "C.N.Rys. Agincourt". C.N.Rys. Uxbridge Subdivision. Retrieved December 17, 2014. Station: Agincourt, Subdivision: Uxbridge, Mileage: 55.66
  6. ^ Mackenzie, Robert. "Plans for Expanding Agincourt GO Station Submitted to City". urbantoronto.ca. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "How Doug Ford's $28.5-billion transit overhaul compares with Toronto's existing plans". Toronto Star. April 10, 2019. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Sheppard East Light Rail Transit (LRT)" (PDF). Metrolinx. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  9. ^ Mackenzie, Robert. "New Access Routes into and out of Agincourt GO Station, Starting July 3". Transit Toronto. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "New Access Routes into and out of Agincourt Go Station, Starting July 3". Transit Toronto. July 3, 2012.

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