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 Guelph Transit local buses, Greyhound Canada, Aboutown Bus and GO Transit intercity buses, as well as Via Rail and GO Transit intercity trains.
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.
Original Railway Station
Built in 1911, the Guelph railway station 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. As of October 2012, VIA Rail no longer staffs the station. The facility is wheelchair-accessible.
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.
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 has been delayed until May 6, 2012.
- 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 during peak and non-peak periods (GO Bus routes 31A, 31B, 31C, 31R, 33, 33B, 33D, 33F, 39).
- 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 will continue to use the temporary Guelph Bus Terminal until renovations of the VIA Station are completed.
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||Guelph Transit||CS||Community Bus South|
|Greyhound||-||Not yet in service; see Guelph Bus Terminal|
|10||Guelph Transit||CN||Community Bus North|
|Greyhound||-||Not yet in service|
|11||Greyhound||-||Not yet in service|
|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|
- http://www.guelphtribune.ca/news/guelph-central-station-top-pick-for-new-transportation-terminal/ Name top pick for new transit terminal - retrieved September 22, 2011
- "Guelph Via-GO". Ontario Heritage Properties Database. Retrieved 18 March 2008.
- "Guelph Via station ticket sales agents gone in fall". Guelph Tribune. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
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From 1982, Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada had jointly operated the International train between Chicago and Toronto
- "Guelph-Wellington Transportation Study - 5. Public Transit" (PDF). City of Guelph. 2005. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- "Transit Terminal Timeline". City of Guelph. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- "Guelph Central Station". City of Guelph. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- "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 Train Schedule
- Kitchener Line GO Bus & Train Schedule
- Cooksville to Guelph GO Bus Schedule
- Outhit, Jeff (14 November 2010). "GO trains to run from Kitchener to Toronto in 2011". Waterloo Region Record. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
- 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
- Media related to Guelph railway station at Wikimedia Commons
- Guelph Transit
- GO Transit station page for Guelph Central Station
- GO Transit station page for the University of Guelph
- Via Rail station page for Guelph Central Station