Maple GO Station

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Maple
Maple Station building.JPG
Location30 Station Street
Maple, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°51′34″N 79°30′25″W / 43.85944°N 79.50694°W / 43.85944; -79.50694Coordinates: 43°51′34″N 79°30′25″W / 43.85944°N 79.50694°W / 43.85944; -79.50694
Owned byMetrolinx
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks1
ConnectionsBSicon BUS1.svg York Region Transit
Construction
Structure typeHistoric wood frame Grand Trunk Railway station building
Parking1146 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeGO Transit: MP
Fare zone61
History
Opened1853 (OS&H)
Rebuilt1903 (GTR)
1982 (GOT)
Services
Preceding station GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit Following station
King City Barrie Rutherford
Designated1992
Reference no.6765
Official nameMaple Heritage Conservation District
Designated2005

Maple GO Station is a train and bus station on GO Transit's Barrie line, located in Maple, Ontario, Canada. It is Ontario's oldest operating railway station, with passenger service dating back to 1853.

History[edit]

The Maple Grand Trunk station in 1909.

Maple Station opened on May 16, 1853 when the service began on the Ontario, Simcoe, and Huron Railroad between Toronto and Machell's Corners (now Aurora). At the time, the station was named "Richmond Hill", despite being six kilometres west of that community. Train service was extended to Barrie later in 1853, and to Collingwood in 1855.[1]

The current station building was constructed in 1903 by the Grand Trunk Railway to replace the original Ontario, Simcoe and Huron building, which had burned down.[2] The Queen Anne style timber frame structure is clad in wood using stick style patterns, and features large gables in its roofline. It is federally protected by the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act.[2][3] The building is also protected under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act, as part of the Maple Heritage Conservation District.[4]

The building underwent renovations that were completed in January 2014 for C$1.7 million.[5] It included repairs to the facade and interior, replacement of the floor, and an upgrade to the accessibility ramps.[6] An additional 60 parking spaces were added to the station in the spring of 2015.[7]

The station will undergo a redevelopment starting in 2019 including the addition of a second rail track, new rail platforms with a full canopy, a new multi-level parking structure connected to the platforms by a pedestrian plaza, and the bus loop will be upgraded.

Services[edit]

As of January 2018, train service operates approximately every 15–30 minutes in the morning peak period, every 30 minutes in the afternoon peak period and every hour at other times. Outside of peak periods, most trains terminate at Aurora with connecting buses for stations further north.[8]

On weekends and holidays, service operates approximately hourly between Aurora and Toronto. Three daily trains in each direction cover the full route from Barrie to Toronto, while the remainder have bus connections at Aurora station for stations further north.[8]

Connecting transit[edit]

York Region Transit:

  • 22 King City
  • 4 Major Mackenzie

In film[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Early Days in Richmond Hill: A History of the Community to 1930". Richmond HIll Public Library Board. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Former Canadian National Railway Station". Canadian Register of Historic Places. Parks Canada. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  3. ^ "The Directory of Designated Heritage Railway Stations in Ontario". Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Parks Canada. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Village of Maple Heritage Conservation District Plan 2007 Volume 3" (PDF). City of Vaughan. 2007. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "Maple Go Station Building Rehabilitation". Bondfield Construction. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Improvements on the GO" (PDF). GO News. Spring 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Expanding Parking – Maple GO Station". GO Transit. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Barrie Line - table 65" (PDF). GO Transit. January 5, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  9. ^ "Runaway". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 8, 2017. This episode featured the Maple Railway Station, Ontario's oldest with passenger service dating back to 1853. It is designated under Canada's Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act.

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