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GO trains head to Allandale Waterfront GO Station,
starting January 30

Updated — Friday, *January 27, 4:01 p.m.*: Barrie Transit has announced that it is operating shuttle buses between downtown Barrie and the new station.

Barrie passengers will get more GO Transit service, when GO opens a new station closer to downtown Barrie this weekend.

The new Allandale Waterfront GO Station at Gowan Street and Essa Road, has 12-car rail platforms, heated shelters, a tunnel for pedestrians to gain access to the north- and southbound platforms, a six-bay bus platform, an area where motorists can drop off and pick up passengers, spaces for parking bikes and about 150 spaces for parking vehicles.

Starting Saturday, January 28, all southbound buses operating along the 68 Barrie / Newmarket route continue to leave the Downtown Barrie Terminal at the same time as they do currently. They arrive Allandale Waterfront GO Station five minutes after leaving the downtown terminal. They also serve all other stops along the route and end their trips in the Newmarket GO Bus Terminal at the same time as they do currently. Northbound buses leave Newmarket and serve all stops along the route at the same time as they do currently. They arrive in Allandale ten minutes before ending their trips downtown.

Starting Monday, January 30, all southbound trains operating along the Barrie Line start their trips at Allandale Waterfront GO Station, leaving at 5:22, 5:52, 6:22, 6:52 and 7:22 a.m. Mondays to Fridays. The trains all leave Barrie South GO Station and all stations until Rutherford GO Station at the same time as they do currently. They serve York University GO Station one minute earlier than currently, ending their trips in Union Station two minutes earlier than currently at 7:03, 7:33, 8:03, 8:33 and 9:03 a.m. Northbound trains leave Union at the same time as they do currently, but serve all stations along the line two minutes later than currently. The trains end their trips in Allandale at 5:53, 6:23, 6:48, 7:18 and 7:48 p.m.

Last year, the City of Barrie held a contest to encourage residents to suggest names for the new station.

Barrie City Council approved the name Allandale Waterfront not only to honour its location beside Kempenfeld Bay (Lake Simcoe) but also the former village of Allandale, the area of Barrie in which it stands. (Historically, Allandale was an important railway junction.)

Barrie Transit is operating shuttle buses between downtown Barrie and the new GO station. Also, buses operating along the 30 Yonge, 31 Essa, 34 Ardagh and 41 Allandale routes continue to serve stops near the station.

You can view the new schedule here. (.pdf)