King City GO Station
|Location||7 Station Road
King City, Ontario
|Platforms||1 side platform, 250m long|
|Connections||York Region Transit|
|Structure type||Brick station building|
|Station code||GO Transit: KGGO|
|Opened||7 September 1982|
King City GO Station is a train and bus station in the GO Transit network located in King City, Ontario in Canada. It also serves the nearby communities of Nobleton, Oak Ridges, the northern parts of Maple (in Vaughan), and other communities in King Township. It is a stop on the Barrie line train service.
The original King Station was built in 1852 at a location less than a kilometre north of the current station, adjacent to the community's inn. It was moved to the grounds of the King Township Museum in 1989, and was designated a heritage site in 1990.
|“||King Station, circa 1852. The oldest surviving railway station in Canada. Built by Northern Railway on lands donated by Isaac Dennis near his hotel in Springhill (now King City). Designed by F.W. Cumberland, architect, King Station witnessed Ontario's first steam locomotive "Toronto" on its inaugural run from Toronto to Machell's Corners (Aurora), May 16, 1853.||”|
— Heritage plaque text
The GO Station opened on 7 September 1982, with service only as far as Bradford.
In 2002, with infrastructure funding from the provincial government, GO Transit expanded the station's parking lot capacity from 111 spaces to 255.
During 2004, the platform was extended in order to accommodate longer trainsets, thus removing any boarding restrictions that GO Transit had with this station prior to opening the extended rail platform. In addition, the extension also eliminated the problem of GO trains blocking a railroad crossing on Station Road while passengers boarded and disembarked.
Construction of a covered station building was completed in the summer of 2005, and a second parking lot on the west side of the tracks was opened in February 2006.
The Barrie line has weekday service consisting of seven trains southbound from Allandale Waterfront GO Station in Barrie to Union Station in Toronto, and seven trains northbound from Union Station in the afternoon.
Weekend service is provided all day in both directions during summer months. Between June 29, 2013 and September 2, 2013, the service consists of four trains in each direction between Allandale Waterfront Station and Union Station.
Daily train boarding at the station has increased from 199 in 2005 to a peak of 680 in 2008. In 2012, there were 655 daily boardings, or approximately 170,000 riders annually. Bus route 63 operated by GO Transit, which travels between the King City GO Station and Union Station Bus Terminal via the Maple and Rutherford GO Stations, served a daily average of 450 riders at this station in 2012.
- "Barrie GO train and bus schedule" (PDF). GO Transit. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
- "King City station gets more parking". Customer Bulletins. GO Transit. 3 February 2006. Archived from the original on 12 March 2006. Retrieved 14 May 2006.
- "Barrie Seasonal Schedule" (PDF). GO Transit. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- "Slides 15 - 22" (PDF). Transportation Master Plan. Township of King. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "King Railway Station 2920 King Road". The Corporation of the Township of King. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- "GO Electrification Study - Baseline Report" (PDF). Metrolinx. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
- "Province announces major parking expansion at King City GO Station". Government of Ontario Ministry of Transportation. 2002. Retrieved 28 April 2006.
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