Guelph Central Station
The heritage Grand Trunk Railway building
|Location||79 Carden St, Guelph, ON
|Owned by||City of Guelph|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Rebuilt||May 13, 2012|
Guelph Central Station (also known as Guelph Central GO Station) 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.
Built in 1911 the Central station (still in use), was constructed by the Grand Trunk Railway which had arrived in Guelph in 1856; 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. 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. One of the goals of the 2016-2017 renovation project was to maintain and restore the building's heritage aspects.
There had also been passenger stations in Guelph that were built by the Canadian Pacific Railway. 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. Its replacement, located between Cardigan Street and the Speed River, was a brick building erected in 1911.  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.
The Intermodal Transit Terminal was first proposed in 2002 to consolidate intercity bus, local bus and railway services into one facility. 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.
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.
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.
On January 1, 2012, all the Guelph Transit routes were changed. 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. 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.
- GO Train service on the Kitchener line to Toronto Union Station weekday peak direction only.
- Bus service to York Mills Bus Terminal & Union Station Bus Terminal (GO Bus routes 31 and 33).
- Bus service to Cooksville via Aberfoyle park & ride and Square One (GO Bus route 29) 
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. $18 million was spent to get this first stage operational, with further upgrades planned.
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.
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:
|Bay||Provider||No.||Route / Note|
|1||Guelph Transit||2A||West Loop Clockwise|
|5||3A||East Loop Clockwise|
|6||3B||East Loop Counter Clockwise|
|7||8||Stone Road Mall|
|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||29||Guelph - Mississauga|
|31||Guelph - Georgetown|
|13||33||Guelph - North York|
|39||Guelph - Bramalea|
|14||Guelph Transit||20||Northwest Industrial|
|18||13||Victoria Road Recreation Centre|
|20||2B||West Loop Counter Clockwise|
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From 1982, Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada had jointly operated the International train between Chicago and Toronto
- "Guelph Via station ticket sales agents gone in fall". Guelph Tribune. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
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- "About the Inter-Modal Transit Terminal". City of Guelph. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
- http://guelph.ca/uploads/Transit/2011%20Maps/GuelphTransitRec_Mapside_FINAL.pdf New Routes - retrieved September 22, 2011
- Via Rail Timetable: Toronto-London-Sarnia
- Kitchener Line GO Bus & Train Schedule
- Cooksville to Guelph GO Bus Schedule
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- Greyhound Canada Quicklink: Guelph - Toronto
- Greyhound Canada, Table 743
- Guelph Central Station Platforms
- GO Transit route numbers 30-31-33-39
- GO Transit route number 29