Rouge Hill GO Station
|Location||6251 Lawrence Ave. E.
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Structure type||Station building|
|Station code||GO Transit: ROGO|
|Opened||23 May 1967|
Rouge Hill is a GO Transit train and bus station on the Lakeshore East line. The station is located on the shore of Lake Ontario in West Rouge in the former municipality of Scarborough, the most easterly neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a major commuter transfer point, with large parking lots and local bus services. It is the last station in Toronto before the trains enter Durham Region.
The earliest Port Union Station was situated at Port Union Road, about half a kilometre west of the current location. The Grand Trunk Railway opened the station in 1856 on its Toronto-Montreal mainline, in what was then the small ship building and fishing village of Port Union.
In the days of the steam locomotive, freight trains needed assistance to climb from lake level over the Scarborough Bluffs. Port Union was the easterly end of this helper service with a siding that ran behind the station for waiting locomotives, and a water tower and fuel tanks to resupply westbound trains. With the advent of diesel-electric power those facilities were no longer required and Canadian National Railway subsequently replaced the station with a utilitarian brick building.
A spur line branched off to service the Johns Manville plant which lay on the west side of Port Union Road on the south side of Lawrence Avenue down to the railway line.
Inspection of the CN station found that insufficient space was available there for parking and vehicle access from Port Union Road was poor. A triangle of land could be obtained 500 metres to the east, on the south side of Lawrence Avenue, that would provide enough space for parking and a bus loop with direct access from the street. When construction of the new GO Train facilities commenced, this was the site chosen for the Premier of Ontario, John Robarts to ceremonially turn the first sod.
Connecting bus routes
- Toronto Transit Commission
- 38 Highland Creek - to Scarborough Centre TTC station via University of Toronto Scarborough campus.
- 54A Lawrence East east to Starspray Blvd. and west via Lawrence East SRT station to Eglinton subway station
- 54E Express peak-hour limited stop service east to Starspray Blvd. and west to Lawrence East SRT station
- 85A Sheppard East - to Don Mills and Sheppard-Yonge TTC stations, with some buses stopping at the Toronto Zoo.
- 354 Lawrence East Blue Night
- Durham Region Transit
- 103 Glenanna Strouds connecting the Altona Forest Neighbourhood, Rosebank Rd and Glenanna Rd. Monday to Friday peak hours.
- "History of Centennial-Port Union". Toronto Neighbourhoods. Retrieved March 2014.
In the 1800's, Port Union was a booming waterfront village with thriving ship building and commercial fishing industries, two hotels, a commercial wharf, and a variety of small businesses. In 1856, the Grand Trunk Railway opened a station in Port Union which added to the importance of this waterfront village.
- Edward Emery and Edward Helmich (August 1972). "CNs "Brutes"" (PDF). Canadian Rail Vol.No.247. Canadian Railroad Historical Association. Retrieved March 2014.
- Wilfred Sergeant (2004). "Building GO-Transit". 8: Locating the stations. HTA PRESS. Retrieved March 2014.
- Media related to Rouge Hill GO Station at Wikimedia Commons
- GO Transit station page for Rouge Hill GO Station