Historic Elm Preserved
Metrolinx and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville To Revise Station Design
WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE – Today, MPP Paul Calandra and Mayor Ian Lovatt visited the future site of the new Lincolnville GO Station to announce that Metrolinx will preserve the 200-year-old American Elm located on the property.
“Metrolinx and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville have worked together to preserve this historic elm tree,” MPP Calandra said. “This tree is of significant historical importance for the people of Whitchurch-Stouffville and I am pleased to see that Metrolinx will redesign the GO station to incorporate the tree.”
The 200-year-old elm tree grows at the future site of the new Lincolnville GO Station. Metrolinx will work with the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville to revise the plans for the new station to avoid risk to the tree. Construction on the new station is scheduled to begin this spring.
“We are thrilled to have collaborated with Metrolinx on this important issue,” said Mayor Iain Lovatt. “By safeguarding this significant natural heritage feature, this landmark American Elm tree can be enjoyed for generations to come.”
“I want to thank Mayor Lovatt for bringing this issue to my attention,” said Calandra. “This tree is important to so many people in our community.”
• Metrolinx is expanding the train layover at Lincolnville from six to nine tracks to accommodate more trains and more service on the Stouffville line, which requires that Metrolinx relocate the existing station.
• The new station will have 750 parking spots, enhanced access to the station for pedestrian and cyclists, a bus loop to connect GO Transit customers with local transit, accessible platforms and barrier-free access to the parking and passenger pick-up and drop-off area.
Rita Smith, Office of Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville
647 242 5505