Burlington GO Station

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Burlington
Burlington GO Station 10596167306.jpg
Location 2101 Fairview St.
Burlington, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°20′27″N 79°48′34″W / 43.34083°N 79.80944°W / 43.34083; -79.80944Coordinates: 43°20′27″N 79°48′34″W / 43.34083°N 79.80944°W / 43.34083; -79.80944
Owned by Metrolinx
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 4
Connections Burlington Transit Burlington Transit
Construction
Structure type Station building
Parking 2,273 spaces
Bicycle facilities Rack
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code GO Transit: BUGO
Fare zone 16
History
Opened 1854 (GWR)
Rebuilt 1980 (relocation)
Services
Preceding station   GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit   Following station
toward Aldershot or Hamilton
Lakeshore West
Lakeshore West
Niagara branch

Burlington GO Station is a railway station and bus station in the GO Transit network, located at 2101 Fairview Street in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, just south of Queen Elizabeth Way between Guelph Line and Brant Street.

Overview[edit]

It is a stop on the Lakeshore West line train service, and was, for a time, the western terminus of the rail services. Most peak-hour and off-peak trains now terminate service at Aldershot, and a few trains link Hamilton further to the west. There is a separate connecting GO Bus serving McMaster University.

There are extensive parking facilities on both the north and south of the station. A large multi-level parking structure opened in 2008, significantly expanding the parking capacity of the station. During weekdays, Burlington Transit serves both sides of the station, connected by wheelchair accessible tunnels under the tracks.

History[edit]

The original Great Western Railway station was built in 1855,[1] just west of Brant Street, about half a mile west of the current GO Station. With the building of the Hamilton & Northwestern Railway in 1877, this location became a connection[2] known as Burlington Junction. Coords:43°20′11″N 79°48′59″W / 43.33639°N 79.81639°W / 43.33639; -79.81639

The Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) purchased the Great Western Railway in 1882 and the Hamilton & Northwestern Railway/Northern Railway in 1888, and in turn was absorbed into the Canadian National Railway in 1923

That first station building burnt down in 1904 and was rebuilt in 1906.[3]

GO Transit rush hour service was launched in 1967 and the new station location opened in 1980, with the old station renamed Burlington West.[1] Via Rail service, which followed to the GO Station in 1988,[3] was discontinued in 1990. All day GO Transit service commenced in 1992.

The City of Burlington acquired the 1906 historic station building in 2005. Renamed Freeman Station it had to be moved off site to allow for track improvements and with the purpose of having it restored.[4]

Construction of a new 20,300 square feet (1,890 m2) station building began in September 2012, and is expected to be complete by the summer of 2015.[5]

Connecting transit[edit]

Burlington Transit routes connect on the north side of the tracks.[6]

  • 1 Plains-Fairview
  • 2 Brant
  • 6 Headon Forest
  • 8 Industrial
  • 10 New
  • 12 Upper Middle

GO Transit bus route

  • 12 Niagara Falls

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Analytica Associates. "Via Rail Station, Burlington Ontario" (PDF). Railway Station Report. Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Retrieved August 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Hamilton and Northwestern Railway". The Canada Year Book, 1879. Statistics Canada. Retrieved August 2015. Connections made at Burlington with G't Western R'y (Toronto Branch)  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ a b "History & Architecture". Freeman Station. Friends of Freeman Station. Retrieved August 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Freeman Station Relocation". City of Burlington. Retrieved August 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "Modernizing Stations – Burlington GO Station". GO Transit. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Burlington GO Station" (PDF). GO Location Maps. City of Burlington. Retrieved August 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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