Mimico GO Station

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Mimico
Mimico GO Station.jpg
Location 315 Royal York Road
Toronto, Ontario,
Canada
Coordinates 43°36′59″N 79°29′50″W / 43.61639°N 79.49722°W / 43.61639; -79.49722Coordinates: 43°36′59″N 79°29′50″W / 43.61639°N 79.49722°W / 43.61639; -79.49722
Owned by Metrolinx
Platforms 1 island platform
1 side platform
Tracks 3
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Construction
Parking 259 spaces (+ 71 temporary)
Bicycle facilities rack
Other information
Station code GO Transit: MMGO
Fare zone 03
History
Opened 1850
Rebuilt 23 May 1967[1]
Services
Preceding station   GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit   Following station
toward Aldershot or Hamilton
Lakeshore West

Mimico GO Station is a railway station in the GO Transit network located in the Etobicoke area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a stop on the Lakeshore West line train service, serving the Mimico neighbourhood.

The small station building is situated north of the tracks on the east side of Royal York Road. This building is connected by a tunnel under the tracks and stairs to the platforms, which are therefore not wheelchair accessible. There is an additional bypass track which runs through between the platforms and another two tracks on the south side which access Willowbrook Yard.

This station and Long Branch are the only two stations on the Lakeshore West line which are not fully accessible.

An modernization project began in August 2013 and is expected to be complete by 2018. It includes expansion of the platforms to fit 12-car trains, an expanded parking area, a pedestrian tunnel to Manchester Street, and a new station building.[2]

Connecting transit[edit]

The Toronto Transit Commission's 76 Royal York South bus route operates along Royal York Road close to the station, linking it to Royal York subway station in the north and the 501 Queen streetcar route to the south.

Old station[edit]

The CNR station in 1955

It was the building of the first railway in Ontario in the 1850s between Hamilton and Toronto through what would become the Town of Mimico that led to the first plan for a town at this location. A Mimico Station was built on the north side of the tracks just south of Mimico's Christ Church (the first church in Etobicoke) on the east side of Church St (Royal York) at the end of Windsor Street.[3] This development meant the name Mimico became more associated with the area where the railway crossed the Mimico Creek to its station on Church St (Royal York) rather than the former Mimico at the Mimico Creek and the early Highway; Dundas. Nevertheless, the 1856 subdivision plan for Mimico largely failed and is was after the more successful 1890 plan for a Town at Mimico the 'old' Mimico Railway Station building, constructed by the Grand Trunk Railway was built in 1916 as well as the Windsor Hotel (Blue Goose Tavern). With the creation of the Government of Ontario's regional train GO service a new station was constructed on the site of the original 1856 Mimico Station, north of the tracks on the east side of Royal York just south of Christ Church. The 1916 Mimico Station deteriorated and was close to demolition when it was saved by community volunteers and moved to a new permanent location in Coronation Park at the northwest corner of Judson St and Royal York Rd in 2007.[4] The building is now being restored with the intention that it should become a local museum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GO celebrates 40 years of success". News Wire. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mimico GO Station". GO Transit. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Currell, Harvey (1967). "The Mimico Story", Corporation of the Town of Mimico, Mimico, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Pg 42
  4. ^ Mimico Station Community Organization

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