Pickering GO Station

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Pickering
PKGO-West-clip.jpg
Location1322 Bayly Street
Pickering, Ontario
Coordinates43°49′50″N 79°05′06″W / 43.83056°N 79.08500°W / 43.83056; -79.08500Coordinates: 43°49′50″N 79°05′06″W / 43.83056°N 79.08500°W / 43.83056; -79.08500
Owned byMetrolinx
Platforms3 side platforms (train)
loop with bays (bus)
Tracks3
Connections
Construction
Structure typeStation building and tunnels and elevators to platforms
Parking2,508 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeGO Transit: 00147
Fare zone91
History
Opened23 May 1967
Traffic
Passengers (2018)907,000[1]
Services
Preceding station GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit Following station
Rouge Hill Lakeshore East Ajax
towards Oshawa

Pickering GO Station is a train and bus station in the GO Transit network[2] located in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. It is a stop on the Lakeshore East line and was the eastern terminus from 1967 until 1990, when service was extended to Whitby and subsequently to Oshawa.

History[edit]

GTR station Pickering

The previous Pickering station, which had been constructed by Grand Trunk Railway in the early 1900s, had been about 2 kilometres east of the current location at Liverpool Road. Plans for the original GO Transit Lakeshore line called for commuter train service not to go beyond Liverpool Road where the CN York Subdivision tracks joined the CN Kingston Subdivision, because this would interfere with freight trains. No practical site could be found, but there was a large field south of the tracks on the east side of Liverpool Road with more than enough space to accommodate a station building, bus terminal and car parking, with convenient access from Bayly Street. Installation of a new crossover before the overpass at Liverpool Road was required to get to an existing industrial track, so that GO Trains standing at the station platform would be off the main line.[3]

When the station opened in 1967 it was a key transfer point between train and bus services.

In 1990 the single platform was supplement by two more platforms and tracks when GO Transit built a dedicated right-of-way on the north side of the Canadian National tracks. This was part of the project to expand Lakeshore East train service to Ajax and Whitby, and finally to a new terminus at the Oshawa Via Rail station in 1995.

Station layout[edit]

Pickering has three platforms for trains, 1 and 2 which serve trains to Union and trains to Oshawa. Track 3, separated from the other tracks, is closest to the bus bays and station. Track 3 is the original track before the extension to Oshawa, which serves Express and Local trains to and from Union which terminate in Pickering.

A pedestrian walkway (to eliminate need for passengers to cross CN tracks to travel from the station to the bus terminal) was completed in 2012, and a new multi-level parking structure is being built at the station and will be completed by spring/summer 2014 with an expected capacity of 1500 new parking spaces.[4] Exterior cladding of the bridge in a metallic mesh proved to be problematic and, along with severe weather, delayed its completion.[5]

Pedestrian walkway spanning railway tracks, Highway 401, and Pickering Parkway at Pickering GO Station

Connecting bus routes[edit]

A passenger waiting to board a GO Transit bus at the Pickering GO Station

The station is the Pickering hub for Durham Region Transit local bus services, which evolved from the Bay Ridges Dial-a-Bus in 1970.

Durham Region Transit service
[6]
  • 101 / 101A Bay Ridges
  • 103 / 103B Glenanna
  • 107 Rosebank
  • 110 / 110A / 110B Finch West
  • 111 / 111A East Pickering
  • 112 Brock
  • 120 Whites
  • 223 Bayly
GO Transit
  • 51,B - U of T Scarborough/Richmond Hill/York U, Pickering/York U Express
  • 90B/C - Union Station, Ajax GO, Whitby GO, Oshawa GO, Oshawa/Courtice/Bowmanville/Newcastle

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drivers of Ridership and Revenue" (PDF). Metrolinx. 2019-02-07. p. 4. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  2. ^ "Pickering GO Station Information". GO Transit. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. ^ Wilfred Sergeant. "Building GO Transit". 8: Locating the stations. HTA Press. Archived from the original on March 26, 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.680news.com/news/local/article/349523--sections-of-pickering-go-station-closed-for-construction[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Carola Vyhnak (7 February 2014). "Pickering's GO pedestrian bridge inching along". Torstar News Services. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "NEW Route Maps". Durham Region Transit Website. Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.

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