Construction has begun on the Confederation GO Station in Hamilton, Ontario, which the province says will help reduce gridlock and connect more people to jobs, housing and transit in one of the fastest growing regions in the province.
The station is part of the GO Expansion program, which aims to deliver more than 10,000 train trips per week across the GO Transit network. Metrolinx says building better connections to and from Hamilton is one of its highest priorities.
“Families, commuters and businesses throughout Hamilton and across the Greater Golden Horseshoe rely on the Lakeshore West line every day,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Building the new Confederation GO station will make it easier for Hamilton commuters to access transit and boost economic growth. Our government is getting it done and delivering the convenient transit options that people deserve.”
Confederation GO station will offer several key amenities, including an accessible island platform with canopies, pedestrian tunnel, 15-vehicle passenger pick-up and drop-off area and direct stair access from Centennial Parkway. Commuters will also have access to approximately 150 additional parking spaces.
“Better connecting regions throughout the province has been a priority for our government and with this expansion of transit services into the city of Hamilton, we are delivering,” said Caroline Mulroney, Ontario Minister of Transportation. “Building Ontario through critical transit infrastructure projects, like Confederation GO station, is part of our plan to fight gridlock and reduce emissions, while connecting more people to jobs and housing.”
The province estimates there will be 122,500 people and 63,900 jobs located within five kilometers (3.1 miles) of the Confederation GO Station by 2041. When the station is complete, it will offer connections to existing local transit and GO bus services, while facilitating future increased GO rail service opportunities to Toronto and Niagara Falls and supporting a more integrated transit network for Hamilton.
"Hamilton has seen significant growth as a destination to live, work, and play in, which requires more transit options to support residents and visitors alike,” said Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “We are extremely pleased to see the Government of Ontario and Metrolinx prioritize the building of the Confederation GO station, which will better link East Hamilton, Stoney Creek and the entire Golden Horseshoe area with more choice and better access to and from our community."