Milliken GO Station

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Milliken
Milliken GO Station dscn0550.jpg
Location 39 Redlea Avenue
Scarborough, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°49′23.5″N 79°18′06″W / 43.823194°N 79.30167°W / 43.823194; -79.30167Coordinates: 43°49′23.5″N 79°18′06″W / 43.823194°N 79.30167°W / 43.823194; -79.30167
Owned by Metrolinx
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
YRT buses
Construction
Structure type Station building
Parking 665 spaces
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code GO Transit: MIGO
Fare zone 70
History
Opened 7 Sept 1982 (N of Steeles Av)
6 Sept 2005 (S side Steeles Av)
Closed 6 Sept 2005 and relocated
Rebuilt 2004-2005
Services
Preceding station   GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit   Following station
Stouffville
toward Lincolnville

Milliken GO Station is a GO Transit train station[1] located in the Scarborough area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, near the city's northern border. It is located in the neighbourhood of Milliken, Ontario.[2][3] The station originally opened on September 7, 1982[4] on the Stouffville line but was relocated on September 6, 2005 because the curve of the original station made it difficult for the operator to see, and it would allow a parking lot to be built on the other side, along with making the station accessible.[4]

The station was re-located south of Steeles Avenue, adjacent to the Splendid China Tower shopping centre and accessed by a re-aligned Redlea Avenue. This new station has a straight platform long enough to accommodate a full-length train of ten carriages and a locomotive, which allows the conductor to have a good enough view from the 5th carriage to open all the doors safely. It has a 725 car parking lot, a dedicated passenger pick-up and drop-off area, and a station building with ticket sales counters, a waiting area, and public washrooms.

Former location[edit]

The former Milliken station (closed September 2, 2005), was located on the north side of Steeles in Markham, to the east of Market Village Mall. It consisted of a fenced off area with a small ticket booth and 2 large bus shelters. It was one of the most neglected GO railway stations because it was built on a sharp curve, and was much shorter than most GO stations. Because of that, trains could not open all the doors when stopped there. It had no dedicated parking spots and a small kiss-and-ride area. Cars waiting for the trains were parked at Market Village or along Steeles Avenue. There are no traces of the former platform, other than a single sign facing towards Steeles Avenue reading "CN Milliken."

Connecting transit[edit]

The station is not directly served by regular local transit services, but there is a short connecting walkway beside the railway tracks to bus stops on Steeles Avenue East.

Toronto Transit Commission's bus routes 53 Steeles East operates along Steeles Avenue East and 43 Kennedy terminates by looping there, as does the 57 Midland.

York Region Transit route 8 Kennedy stops at the Steeles Avenue and Kennedy Road intersection, while the 203 Milliken GO Shuttle[5] only operates during peak hours, specifically to connect the neighbouring part of Markham to GO Train service.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Milliken GO Station— TRAIN STATION". Go Transit. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Milliken's History". Milliken Public School. Toronto District School Board. Retrieved January 2015. The Milliken area was originally called Milliken’s Corners. It was a hamlet founded in 1807 by Norman Milliken, a United Empire Loyalist from New Brunswick.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ See Isabel Champion, ed., Markham: 1793-1900 (Markham, ON: Markham Historical Society, 1979), pp. 276f; 74f (Milliken family); 339 (post office). See also the detailed 1878 map, "Township of Markham," Illustrated historical atlas of the county of York and the township of West Gwillimbury & town of Bradford in the county of Simcoe, Ont. (Toronto: Miles & Co., 1878).
  4. ^ a b "GO Transit's Stouffville Line". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  5. ^ 203 Milliken GO Shuttle Map

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