Metrolinx 'scales back' Confederation GO station

News Aug 15, 2019 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

 

 

 

As Metrolinx adds additional GO train service to the West Harbour station, the provincial agency is “scaling back” the Confederation GO project on Centennial Parkway.

Metrolinx’s President and CEO Phil Verster described the new facility as a “self-serve” station based upon a “market-driven approach for delivering new infrastructure.”

“It is still our plans to provide rail and bus service to Confederation station,” he said. “With the adoption of a market-driven approach for delivering new infrastructure across the GO Transit network, we are adjusting our plans for the development of Confederation station.”

Ward 5 Coun. Chad Collins, who represents the area, confirmed the GO bus service will remain as originally intended, but the province is reducing rail service at the expense of the West Harbour station. Collins, who questioned the decision to adopt a “self-service” station model, had several questions about the change in policy for Confederation.

Verster said the original $150-million station announcement made by former Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne “was made prior to Metrolinx adopting a market-driven approach” that is supposed to “respect” taxpayers and is based on customer demand and ridership growth.

Wynne made the announcement as part of the $1-billion capital funding for the light rail transit project in 2015 at McMaster University.

The Confederation station is estimated to cost about $35 million while $115 million will be used to improve the existing rail service.

In 2016, Metrolinx purchased about 1.5 acres of land at 395 and 397 Centennial Parkway for the station and parking area.

The station will not have ticket booths but will have self-serve PRESTO reload machines and ticket vending machines so customers “are able to pay their fares and load their cards easily and quickly,” said Matt Llewellyn, spokesperson for Metrolinx.

Other GO stations, such as Burlington and Kennedy, already have self-serve operations.

“We are adjusting our plans for the development of Confederation station,” said Llewellyn.

Verster said by the end of 2019, the GO bus Route 12, as well as city buses will begin providing service to the Confederation station. About 60 parking spots will be available on the north side of the site of Goderich Road.

“It is still in our plans to provide rail and bus service to Confederation Station,” said Llewellyn.

He said the station’s revised design, which will be tendered out later this year, will include island platform, with canopies and accessible platform; pedestrian tunnel; direct stair access from the platform to Centennial Parkway; and additional parking spaces.

Llewellyn said the construction timeline will be established once the contract is awarded.

The original timeline for the project was to finish the Confederation station in 2019, with service scheduled to begin in 2021.

Metrolinx is in discussions with CN for railway access to Confederation.

Currently, there are four nonrevenue trains passing through the future Confederation station. Starting Aug. 31 there will be eight nonrevenue trains passing through the station.

Early on Thursday, Metrolinx and provincial government officials announced that the existing Lakeshore West GO train trips will now extend to the James Street North Station. A new 4:45 trip from Union Station to West Harbour will run express to Clarkson before serving all stops to the West Harbour station.

Currently, West Harbour, which opened in 2015 in anticipation of the Pan Am Games, offers weekday rush-hour train service between West Harbour and Union Station.

Metrolinx will offer year-round weekend GO train service between Niagara Falls and Union Station.

 

 

 

Metrolinx stalls Confederation GO station, while enhancing West Harbour

News Aug 15, 2019 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

 

 

 

As Metrolinx adds additional GO train service to the West Harbour station, the provincial agency is “scaling back” the Confederation GO project on Centennial Parkway.

Metrolinx’s President and CEO Phil Verster described the new facility as a “self-serve” station based upon a “market-driven approach for delivering new infrastructure.”

“It is still our plans to provide rail and bus service to Confederation station,” he said. “With the adoption of a market-driven approach for delivering new infrastructure across the GO Transit network, we are adjusting our plans for the development of Confederation station.”

Ward 5 Coun. Chad Collins, who represents the area, confirmed the GO bus service will remain as originally intended, but the province is reducing rail service at the expense of the West Harbour station. Collins, who questioned the decision to adopt a “self-service” station model, had several questions about the change in policy for Confederation.

Verster said the original $150-million station announcement made by former Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne “was made prior to Metrolinx adopting a market-driven approach” that is supposed to “respect” taxpayers and is based on customer demand and ridership growth.

Wynne made the announcement as part of the $1-billion capital funding for the light rail transit project in 2015 at McMaster University.

The Confederation station is estimated to cost about $35 million while $115 million will be used to improve the existing rail service.

In 2016, Metrolinx purchased about 1.5 acres of land at 395 and 397 Centennial Parkway for the station and parking area.

The station will not have ticket booths but will have self-serve PRESTO reload machines and ticket vending machines so customers “are able to pay their fares and load their cards easily and quickly,” said Matt Llewellyn, spokesperson for Metrolinx.

Other GO stations, such as Burlington and Kennedy, already have self-serve operations.

“We are adjusting our plans for the development of Confederation station,” said Llewellyn.

Verster said by the end of 2019, the GO bus Route 12, as well as city buses will begin providing service to the Confederation station. About 60 parking spots will be available on the north side of the site of Goderich Road.

“It is still in our plans to provide rail and bus service to Confederation Station,” said Llewellyn.

He said the station’s revised design, which will be tendered out later this year, will include island platform, with canopies and accessible platform; pedestrian tunnel; direct stair access from the platform to Centennial Parkway; and additional parking spaces.

Llewellyn said the construction timeline will be established once the contract is awarded.

The original timeline for the project was to finish the Confederation station in 2019, with service scheduled to begin in 2021.

Metrolinx is in discussions with CN for railway access to Confederation.

Currently, there are four nonrevenue trains passing through the future Confederation station. Starting Aug. 31 there will be eight nonrevenue trains passing through the station.

Early on Thursday, Metrolinx and provincial government officials announced that the existing Lakeshore West GO train trips will now extend to the James Street North Station. A new 4:45 trip from Union Station to West Harbour will run express to Clarkson before serving all stops to the West Harbour station.

Currently, West Harbour, which opened in 2015 in anticipation of the Pan Am Games, offers weekday rush-hour train service between West Harbour and Union Station.

Metrolinx will offer year-round weekend GO train service between Niagara Falls and Union Station.

 

 

 

Metrolinx stalls Confederation GO station, while enhancing West Harbour

News Aug 15, 2019 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

 

 

 

As Metrolinx adds additional GO train service to the West Harbour station, the provincial agency is “scaling back” the Confederation GO project on Centennial Parkway.

Metrolinx’s President and CEO Phil Verster described the new facility as a “self-serve” station based upon a “market-driven approach for delivering new infrastructure.”

“It is still our plans to provide rail and bus service to Confederation station,” he said. “With the adoption of a market-driven approach for delivering new infrastructure across the GO Transit network, we are adjusting our plans for the development of Confederation station.”

Ward 5 Coun. Chad Collins, who represents the area, confirmed the GO bus service will remain as originally intended, but the province is reducing rail service at the expense of the West Harbour station. Collins, who questioned the decision to adopt a “self-service” station model, had several questions about the change in policy for Confederation.

Verster said the original $150-million station announcement made by former Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne “was made prior to Metrolinx adopting a market-driven approach” that is supposed to “respect” taxpayers and is based on customer demand and ridership growth.

Wynne made the announcement as part of the $1-billion capital funding for the light rail transit project in 2015 at McMaster University.

The Confederation station is estimated to cost about $35 million while $115 million will be used to improve the existing rail service.

In 2016, Metrolinx purchased about 1.5 acres of land at 395 and 397 Centennial Parkway for the station and parking area.

The station will not have ticket booths but will have self-serve PRESTO reload machines and ticket vending machines so customers “are able to pay their fares and load their cards easily and quickly,” said Matt Llewellyn, spokesperson for Metrolinx.

Other GO stations, such as Burlington and Kennedy, already have self-serve operations.

“We are adjusting our plans for the development of Confederation station,” said Llewellyn.

Verster said by the end of 2019, the GO bus Route 12, as well as city buses will begin providing service to the Confederation station. About 60 parking spots will be available on the north side of the site of Goderich Road.

“It is still in our plans to provide rail and bus service to Confederation Station,” said Llewellyn.

He said the station’s revised design, which will be tendered out later this year, will include island platform, with canopies and accessible platform; pedestrian tunnel; direct stair access from the platform to Centennial Parkway; and additional parking spaces.

Llewellyn said the construction timeline will be established once the contract is awarded.

The original timeline for the project was to finish the Confederation station in 2019, with service scheduled to begin in 2021.

Metrolinx is in discussions with CN for railway access to Confederation.

Currently, there are four nonrevenue trains passing through the future Confederation station. Starting Aug. 31 there will be eight nonrevenue trains passing through the station.

Early on Thursday, Metrolinx and provincial government officials announced that the existing Lakeshore West GO train trips will now extend to the James Street North Station. A new 4:45 trip from Union Station to West Harbour will run express to Clarkson before serving all stops to the West Harbour station.

Currently, West Harbour, which opened in 2015 in anticipation of the Pan Am Games, offers weekday rush-hour train service between West Harbour and Union Station.

Metrolinx will offer year-round weekend GO train service between Niagara Falls and Union Station.