Gormley GO Station

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Gormley
Q5268494 Gormley GO A01.jpg
Location 1650 Stouffville Road,
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Coordinates 43°56′25″N 79°23′54″W / 43.94028°N 79.39833°W / 43.94028; -79.39833Coordinates: 43°56′25″N 79°23′54″W / 43.94028°N 79.39833°W / 43.94028; -79.39833
Owned by Metrolinx
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2 tracks
Construction
Parking 850 spaces
Bicycle facilities yes
Other information
Station code GO Transit: GORL
Fare zone 62
History
Opened December 5, 2016 (2016-12-05)
Services
Preceding station   GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit   Following station
Richmond Hill Terminus

Gormley GO Station is a train and bus station in the GO Transit network located in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, serving Oak Ridges and the Whitchurch–Stouffville community of Gormley. It became the terminus of the Richmond Hill line train service when it opened on 5 December 2016, though the line will eventually extend beyond this station to Bloomington GO Station.[1][2]

The station is located on the north side of Stouffville Road (York Regional Road 14) on the east side of the railway, west of Highway 404.[3] It features a single platform with heated shelters and a snow-melting system, a station building, a bus loop, a kiss and ride and 850 car parking spaces.[4] The station building has a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.[5]

History[edit]

Historic Gormley station viewed from the south in the early twentieth century

Historic Gormley Station[edit]

In 1907 a two storey station was built by the James Bay Railway, south of the original Stouffville Sideroad. The name of the company changed to the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway, and later to the Canadian Northern Railway and was ultimately merged into the Canadian National Railway in 1923.[6]

The Gormley railway station was demolished in the early 1970s.[7] Station Road, which once led to station, is now a narrow dead-end street that gives access to a few homes and businesses from Gormley Road.[8]

Gormley GO Station[edit]

The Gormley GO Station was constructed north of Stouffville Road, approximately 600 metres north of the site of the historic train station. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the station was held on 1 December 2016,[5] and regular service began on Monday 5 December 2016.[9]

Construction of the station and its building cost approximately C$22 million.[2] The station's construction was originally delayed due to environmental concerns,[10] and started in 2014. A nearby layover train storage facility with capacity of six trains was built simultaneously, and cost about C$85 million.[11] The layover facility opened in 2014.[12]

Services[edit]

Gormley Station is served by five southbound train trips to Union Station on weekday mornings, and five northbound trips returning to Gormley on weekday evenings.[5] A handful of additional trips between Gormley and Union Station are operated by GO Transit bus route 61 outside of peak periods.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Expansion Projects". GO Transit. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Ontario Making Daily Commute Easier for York Region Families" (Press release). Ontario Ministry of Transportation. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Metrolinx (GO) rail capacity expansion" (PDF). Greater Toronto Transportation Conference. 24 September 2010. p. 58. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Great news for Richmond Hill GO Train customers" (PDF). GO News. GO Transit. Summer 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Raza, Ali (1 December 2016). "New Gormley GO Station to serve residents in Richmond Hill". Richmond Hill Liberal. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Coming of the Railway" (PDF). Gormley Heritage Conservation District Study. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Robert M. Stamp (July 1991). "Rails through Richmond Hill: The Belated Arrival of the Age of Steam". Early Days in Richmond Hill. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Street Names: When the James Bay train stopped in Richmond Hill". The Toronto Star. Aug 23, 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. Station Road is named for Gormley Station, once a stop on the northbound James Bay and Northern Ontario Railways. 
  9. ^ "GO Transit unveils new station in Richmond Hill". CBC News. 4 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Gormley GO Station". GO Transit. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  11. ^ Kalinowski, Tess (18 May 2011). "Richmond Hill GO line to be extended". Toronto Star. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Ministry of Transportation (December 1, 2014). "New GO Train Station on the Way for York Region". Newsroom. Ontario. Retrieved 15 December 2014. Construction of a new GO Station in Gormley is underway, extending the Richmond Hill line north to Stouffville Road. 

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