Construction Starts on New Lincolnville GO Station
Improving Passenger Safety and Delivering a Better Transit Experience
December 4, 2020
STOUFFVILLE – Today, MPP Paul Calandra, Markham-Stouffville, announced the next step in making GO transit safer and more convenient for the people of Whitchurch-Stouffville with the start of construction of the new Lincolnville GO Station. This is part of the province’s commitment to enhance safety for transit users and build better transit infrastructure to improve future frequency of GO train service along the Stouffville line.
“Residents consistently tell me that improved transit options are one of their highest priorities,” said Markham-Stouffville MPP Paul Calandra. “By relocating our existing GO station and building a new and improved one at the Tenth Line site, we are ensuring that passengers will no longer have to cross the tracks to access the station and prioritizing the safety and well-being of the people of Whitchurch-Stouffville. This is about removing barriers to transit, and building an enhanced, modern and accessible GO station to serve riders well into the future.”
In addition to improved safety, the new Lincolnville GO Station will also feature better station access, including: a bus loop to connect GO Transit customers with local transit options; a passenger pick-up and drop-off area adjacent to the platform; and enhanced pedestrian and cyclist access. Updated station amenities will also include parking spaces for 673 vehicles, a bike lane and storage and ticket vending machines.
The new station building will replace the temporary platforms within the layover facility, where Metrolinx stores and maintains GO trains – ultimately improving customer safety and experience. In addition, a new platform will be constructed with a snow melting system to make it safer and easier to maintain during the winter months.
“Investments in Ontario’s transit infrastructure, like the new Lincolnville GO Station, are essential in getting people where they want to go,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “We’re reducing congestion while driving economic growth and local job creation.”
Metrolinx has also added three new train layover tracks at Lincolnville, increasing from seven to 10, to accommodate more trains and more GO service on the Stouffville line.
“The new Lincolnville GO Station will deliver a more pleasant and reliable transit experience for riders in the near future,” said MPP Calandra. “The improved design will make it easier for customers to catch their bus or train and help get our local passengers to the places they need to be faster and safer.”
Strong community partnerships helped deliver the relocated Lincolnville GO station and ensure the new bus loop was re-routed around a 200-year-old elm tree.
“This is an exciting next step for the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville as we partner with Metrolinx to bring transit-oriented development to the town. With this vision in mind, I am grateful that our town had the opportunity to collaborate with Metrolinx and MPP Calandra last year to both re-design this new GO station and preserve our historic 100-year-old elm tree,” said Mayor Iain Lovatt.
This milestone on the new Lincolnville GO station is a demonstration of Ontario’s commitment to transform the GO rail network into a comprehensive, all-day rapid transit network, bringing benefits across the region, including to communities along the Stouffville line.