Guelph Central Station

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Guelph Central Station
Guelph Railway Station 2015.jpg
The heritage Grand Trunk Railway building
Location79 Carden St, Guelph, Ontario
Coordinates43°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 byCity of Guelph
Platforms1 side platform
Bus stands22
Bus operators
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code
Fare zone39
Opened1911 (1911)
RebuiltMay 13, 2012
Preceding station VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail Following station
toward Sarnia
Sarnia–Toronto Georgetown
toward Toronto
Preceding station GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit Following station
Kitchener Acton
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward Chicago
International Georgetown
toward Toronto
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.


GTR station[edit]

The International at Guelph in 2004

The current station building was built in 1911 by the Grand Trunk Railway, which had been serving Guelph since 1856.[2] 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.[3][4] 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.[5]

In 1923, the Grand Trunk Railway was merged into the Canadian National Railway.

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.[6]

Intermodal Terminal[edit]

The Intermodal Transit Terminal was first proposed in 2002 to consolidate intercity bus, local bus and railway services into one facility.[7] 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.[8]

The name "Guelph Central" was chosen with input from the community and the transit service providers using the new station.[9]

The station opened to the public on May 13, 2012.[10] The project was projected to cost $8 million, of which $5.3 million was from the Provincial and Federal Infrastructure Stimulus Funds.[11]

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.[11]

Additional renovations, with a $2.1 million budget, were completed in 2016-2017. The work also helped to preserve and restore heritage characteristics.[3][12]


Guelph Transit[edit]

On January 1, 2012, all the Guelph Transit routes were changed.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[21] $18 million was spent to get this first stage operational, with further upgrades planned.[22]

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:[25]

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[19][20] 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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  5. ^ " -". Retrieved 29 September 2018.
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  13. ^ "Guelph Transit Routes" (PDF). Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  14. ^ "New timing for transit terminal". City of Guelph. July 13, 2011. Archived from the original on December 27, 2011.
  15. ^ "Guelph Transit offers earlier morning service to connect with GO train as well as Co-Fare Rate - Steven Petric for Ward 3 Guelph City Council". 31 August 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Via Rail Timetable: Toronto-London-Sarnia" (PDF). Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  17. ^ "GO Transit's new fall schedule has more stops in Kitchener, Guelph". CBC News. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Four additional GO trains start running to & from Guelph on September 6th - Steven Petric for Ward 3 Guelph City Council". 23 August 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  19. ^ a b "Kitchener Line GO Bus & Train Schedule" (PDF). Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  20. ^ a b "Table 29 Guelph Mississauga" (PDF). GO Transit. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  21. ^ "Guelph's first GO train late, but still a hit". Metroland Media Group. Archived from the original on January 8, 2012.
  22. ^ Outhit, Jeff (November 14, 2010). "GO trains to run from Kitchener to Toronto in 2011". Waterloo Region Record. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011.
  23. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  24. ^ Greyhound Canada, Table 743
  25. ^ "Guelph Central Station Platforms" (PDF). Retrieved 29 September 2018.

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