Guelph Central Station

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Guelph Central Station
Guelph Railway Station 2015.jpg
The heritage Grand Trunk Railway building
Location 79 Carden St, Guelph, ON
Coordinates 43°32′39″N 80°14′49″W / 43.54417°N 80.24694°W / 43.54417; -80.24694Coordinates: 43°32′39″N 80°14′49″W / 43.54417°N 80.24694°W / 43.54417; -80.24694
Owned by City of Guelph
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Bus stands 22
Bus operators
Parking No
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code
Fare zone 39
Opened 1911 (1911)
Rebuilt May 13, 2012
Preceding station   VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail   Following station
toward Sarnia
toward Toronto
GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit
  Former services  
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak
toward Chicago
International Limited
toward Toronto
Designated 1992
Reference no. 4569

Guelph Central Station (also known as Guelph Central GO Station[1]) is the main inter-modal transportation terminal in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. It is used by VIA Rail and GO Transit trains, as well as Guelph Transit local buses, GO Transit regional buses and Greyhound intercity buses.

It is located at 79 Carden Street and includes the historic Guelph Railway Station, as well as the site of the former Guelph Bus Terminal.

The name "Guelph Central" was chosen with input from the community and the transit service providers using the new station.[2] Still standing, the station was renovated in 2016-2017.[3]


GTR station[edit]

Built in 1911 the Central station (still in use), was constructed by the Grand Trunk Railway which had arrived in Guelph in 1856;[4] years later, it was taken over by the Canadian National Railway. This is a classic example of early 20th Century Canadian railway station design and has been designated as a heritage structure per the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act.[5][6] The Romanesque Revival building, with an Italianate tower, has been listed on the Canadian Register since 2006 and was formally recognized as one of Canada's Historic Places in November 1992.[7] One of the goals of the 2016-2017 renovation project was to maintain and restore the building's heritage aspects.[8]

Between 1982 and 2004, the Central station was served by the International Limited, a train service between Chicago and Toronto that was then operated jointly by Via Rail and Amtrak.[9]

There had also been passenger stations in Guelph that were built by the Canadian Pacific Railway.[10] The first CPR station, from the 1800s, was the Priory House station, converted from the first house in Guelph. It stood opposite the current Priory Square and was eventually dismantled.[11] Its replacement, located between Cardigan Street and the Speed River, was a brick building erected in 1911.[12][13] [14][15] After this brick building was no longer used as a rail station, it was converted for other purposes; eventually it was dismantled and moved to the Galt area of Cambridge, Ontario.[16]

As of October 2012, VIA Rail no longer staffed the station.[17] The facility is wheelchair-accessible.

Intermodal Terminal[edit]

The Intermodal Transit Terminal was first proposed in 2002 to consolidate intercity bus, local bus and railway services into one facility.[18] At the time, the downtown terminal for Guelph Transit was three blocks away at St. George's Square. A feasibility study was initiated in 2004, and Guelph City Council endorsed the Carden Street location and the concept design that same year. The project received federal and provincial infrastructure stimulus funding in 2009, and detailed design and stakeholder consultations were conducted. Construction began in April 2010.[19]

The station opened to the public on May 13, 2012.[20] The project was projected to cost $8 million, of which $5.3 million was from the Provincial and Federal Infrastructure Stimulus Funds.[21]

The opening of the bus portion of the station was delayed from October 2011 to May 2012 to allow time for the renovations of the railway station building to be completed.[21]

Additional renovations, with a $2.1 million budget, were completed in 2016-2017. The work also helped to preserve and restore heritage characteristics.[5][22]

The following is an April 2017 summary of the operations:

"Guelph Central Train Station is a busy transit hub that accommodates Guelph Transit, GO Transit, Via Rail and Greyhound Canada operations. Each weekday, more than 5,000 passengers board Guelph Transit, to travel on one of the 15 different routes that operate out of the bus bays adjacent to the train station.[5]


Guelph Transit[edit]

On January 1, 2012, all the Guelph Transit routes were changed.[23] While it was originally planned to have the new bus routes meeting at the new station on the same date, this change was delayed until May 6, 2012.[24] In September 2016, Guelph Transit began offering early morning shuttle service for those connecting with early GO Trains. The PRESTO co-fare cards can be used through all of the hours of GO service in Guelph.[25]

Via Rail[edit]

Via Rail operates two daily trains in each direction on the Sarnia - London - Toronto line, one of which operates only between London and Toronto.[26]

GO Transit[edit]

The current GO Train service through Guelph Station began on December 19, 2011, when two daily trains in each direction on the then Georgetown line were extended to Kitchener.[31] $18 million was spent to get this first stage operational, with further upgrades planned.[32]

Guelph was also served by GO Transit trains between 1990 and 1993, when it served as the terminus of the then Georgetown line. Provincial cutbacks in 1993 caused GO Transit to cut back service to Georgetown.


Greyhound buses use platform 10 for westbound trips and platform 11 for eastbound trips.

Bus platforms[edit]

Guelph Central Station provides an exchange with both local and regional bus services. Bays 1-20 are located on an island bus platform, while bays 21 and 22 are located on the south side of Macdonell Street, immediately adjacent to the island platform. Bus platform allocation are as follows:[35]

Bay Provider No. Route / Note
1 Guelph Transit 2A West Loop Clockwise
2 16 Southgate
3 10 Imperial
4 5 Gordon
5 3A East Loop Clockwise
6 3B East Loop Counter Clockwise
7 8 Stone Road Mall
8 9 Waterloo
9 CS Community Bus South
10 CN Community Bus North
Greyhound Westbound Cambridge Kitchener London Stratford Waterloo Woodstock
11 Eastbound Aberfoyle Guelph Local Toronto
12 GO Transit[36][37] 29 Guelph - Mississauga
31 Guelph - Georgetown
13 33 Guelph - North York
39 Guelph - Bramalea
14 Guelph Transit 20 Northwest Industrial
15 11 Willow West
18 13 Victoria Road Recreation Centre
19 12 General Hospital
20 2B West Loop Counter Clockwise
21 4 York
22 14 Grange


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  2. ^ Name top pick for new transit terminal - retrieved September 22, 2011
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  6. ^ "Guelph Via-GO". Ontario Heritage Properties Database. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
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  9. ^ Matt Melzer (23 April 2004). "Final Run of the Amtrak / VIA International". Retrieved 1 August 2015. From 1982, Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada had jointly operated the International train between Chicago and Toronto 
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  17. ^ "Guelph Via station ticket sales agents gone in fall". Guelph Tribune. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Guelph-Wellington Transportation Study - 5. Public Transit" (PDF). City of Guelph. 2005. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "Transit Terminal Timeline". City of Guelph. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Guelph Central Station". City of Guelph. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "About the Inter-Modal Transit Terminal". City of Guelph. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
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  23. ^ New Routes - retrieved September 22, 2011
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  26. ^ Via Rail Timetable: Toronto-London-Sarnia
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  29. ^ Kitchener Line GO Bus & Train Schedule
  30. ^ Cooksville to Guelph GO Bus Schedule
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  32. ^ Outhit, Jeff (14 November 2010). "GO trains to run from Kitchener to Toronto in 2011". Waterloo Region Record. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  33. ^ Greyhound Canada Quicklink: Guelph - Toronto
  34. ^ Greyhound Canada, Table 743
  35. ^ Guelph Central Station Platforms
  36. ^ GO Transit route numbers 30-31-33-39
  37. ^ GO Transit route number 29

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