In November, GO Transit started an environmental assessment and preliminary design study for its proposal to extend train service into the Niagara Peninsula.
It’s now revising its original plans for the three of the stations along the line. The new plans result from comments it received from members of the public and municipalities during the open houses it held in May.
The changes affect these stations along the current Canadian National Railways’ Grimsby subdivision, which extends just south of, and parallel to, the Queen Elizabeth Way from east-end Hamilton to west-end St. Catharines:
- a new station in east-end Hamilton on the east side of Centennial Parkway North, just south of Confederation Park;
- a new station at Fifty Road, close to the boundary between the City of Hamilton and the Town of Grimsby / Region of Niagara; and
- a new station at Casablanca Boulevard in Grimsby.
You can review and comment on the new station proposals until Friday, January 14, 2011. You can find out more information about the new station sites here. (.pdf) You can see the presentation from the most recent public information meetings here. (.pdf)
Station at Centennial Parkway North, Hamilton
At the first series of public information meetings that GO hosted on its plans to operate trains to Niagara, it proposed a station on this site. However, by the second series of open houses, it had shifted the station site much further east to Fruitland Road, because of a lack of space for station facilities at Centennial Parkway.
However, this site is advantageous to serving a larger, and more populous, area of east-end Hamilton, so GO planners again reviewed the site. The propose using vacant land on the east side of Centennial Parkway North and south of Goderich Road for the station. (The City of Hamilton owns the land.)
At first, GO would build a train platform on the south side of the tracks with two bus bays, a “kiss ‘n’ ride” passenger drop-off and pick-up facility and parking for 240 vehicles on the north side of the tracks. GO buses and commuters would gain access to the station and parking lot from Goderich Road. A pedestrian tunnel and with two staircases and elevators would allow passengers to cross between the north and south sides of the tracks.
Later, it would build five more bus bays and a second “kiss ‘n’ ride” and another 270 parking spaces on the south side of the tracks. Commuters would gain access to this area from Arrowsmith Road.
Since GO intends to proceed with a station at this site, it no longer intends to build a station at Fruitland Road.
GO proposes naming this station “Confederation GO Station”.
You can see plans for this station here. (.pdf)
Station at Fifty Road, Hamilton
GO originally proposed this station of a site on the west side of Fifty Road. However, since the land-owner is already developing that site, GO is now planning a station on the east side of the road.
At first, this station would have a platform on the south side of the tracks with six bus bays, a “kiss ‘n’ ride” passenger drop-off and pick-up facility and parking for 525 vehicles on the north side of the tracks. Buses and commuters would reach the station from South Service Road.
Later, GO would build another platform on the north side of the tracks and another 2,070 parking spaces on the north side further east along South Service Road. Even later GO plans to build another 440 parking spaces south of the station on the east side of Fifty Road.
In the longer term — more than 25 years in the future — the City of Hamilton proposes a terminal for local rapid transit at this site.
You can see plans for this station here. (.pdf)
Station at Casablanca Boulevard, Grimsby
Grimsby residents felt that the site GO originally proposed was too close to residential areas.
GO has revised its original plans to include a buffer area between the station and a nearby church and to move the parking lot to a site further west.
At first, this station would have a platform on the south side of the tracks with three bus ways, a “kiss ‘n’ ride” passenger drop-off and pick-up facility and space to park 470 vehicles on the south side of the tracks. Buses and commuters would gain access to the station from South Service Road. A tunnel with two stairs and elevators would give passengers access across the tracks between the north and south sides.
Later, GO would build another platform on the north side of the tracks a second “kiss ‘n’ ride” and another 970 parking spaces on the south side. Passengers would reach the second parking lot from Casablanca Boulevard.
You can see plans for the station at Casablanca Boulevard here. (.pdf)
You can comment on the proposals in writing — either by e-mail or by letter — before Friday, January 14, 2011.
Send your e-mail or letter to:
Mr. Andreas Grammenz
EA Project Leader
20 Bay Street, Suite 600
Toronto, ON M5J 2W3
Mr. Leonard Rach, P. Eng.
R. J. Burnside & Associates Limited
Orangeville, ON L9W 3R4