Hamilton GO Centre

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Hamilton GO Centre
HamiltonGoTransitStation.JPG
Location36 Hunter Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°15′11″N 79°52′09″W / 43.25306°N 79.86917°W / 43.25306; -79.86917Coordinates: 43°15′11″N 79°52′09″W / 43.25306°N 79.86917°W / 43.25306; -79.86917
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2 + 1 bypass
Bus stands18
Bus operatorsGO Transit logo.svg GO Transit
Hamilton Street Railway
Greyhound Canada
Coach Canada
Construction
Platform levels2
Parking54 reserved parking spots
Bicycle facilities45 secure indoor spaces (paid)
98 covered outdoor spaces
44 exposed outdoor spaces [1]
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeGO Transit: 00141
Fare zone18
History
Opened1933
Rebuilt1996
Previous namesTH&B Railway Station
Services
Preceding station GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit Following station
Terminus Lakeshore West
Express
Aldershot
Official nameGO Train Station/former Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway Station
Designated1994
Official nameToronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway Station
Designated1991
Reference no.6531

Hamilton GO Centre is a commuter rail station and bus terminal in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. As the terminal stop for evening rush-hour Lakeshore West line trains, it is a major hub for GO Transit bus and train services. The terminal is also served by intercity coach services, including Greyhound Canada and Coach Canada.

History[edit]

Hamilton GO Centre is a Streamline Moderne building designed by New York architects Fellheimer & Wagner.[2][3] It was planned as a large complex, but was reduced in size to that of a 7-storey office block.[3] It opened in 1933 as the head office and the Hamilton station of the Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway (TH&B). Passenger service on the TH&B was discontinued on April 26, 1981, and the TH&B merged into the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1987, leaving the facility disused.

In the early 1990s, GO Transit provided service out of two facilities in Hamilton: trains were routed along the CN Grimsby subdivision to the Hamilton CNR Station 1.6 km to the north, and buses operated from an older bus station on the northern edge of Hamilton's Central Business District (CBD) at John Street North and Rebecca Street. In order to better connect GO Transit service to Hamilton's CBD, improve the interface with the Hamilton Street Railway, and consolidate train and bus services at a single site, renovations were undertaken to convert the TH&B station into the Hamilton GO Centre. The new facility, designed by Garwood-Jones & Hanham Architects,[4] opened on April 30, 1996.

Hamilton Street Railway[edit]

Although many Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) routes stop immediately adjacent to the Hamilton GO Centre, until 2009 only Route 51 - University used the station's bus terminal. On June 28, 2009, downtown bus routes were realigned and new bus platforms inside the GO Centre become the downtown terminus points for three busy lower city routes: Route 1 - King, Route 2 - Barton and Route 3 - Cannon.

GO Transit[edit]

The GO station is served by GO's Lakeshore West line during peak hours; bus service to Aldershot Station in neighbouring Burlington is offered off-peak. It serves as the western terminus of GO bus routes 16, 18, 40, and 47. Via Rail trains do not serve Hamilton, but interchange with the GO line at Aldershot.

Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway Museum[edit]

A railway museum with an interpretation centre is located on the mezzanine level.[3]

Bus platform assignments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parking a bicycle at Hamilton Centre station". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Hamilton GO Centre". Historical Hamilton. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "The Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway Station". Forgotten Buffalo. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Garwood-Jones & Hanham •GO Transit Station Renovation". Archived from the original on 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  5. ^ "Routes 1-18 Lakeshore West GO Bus Schedule" (PDF). GO Transit. January 5, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "Route 16 Hamilton/Toronto Express GO Bus Schedule" (PDF). GO Transit. January 5, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "Route 40 Hamilton/Richmond Hill GO Bus Schedule" (PDF). GO Transit. January 5, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "407 West GO Bus Schedule" (PDF). GO Transit. January 5, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "3 CANNON" (PDF). Bus Schedules. Hamilton Street Railway. September 3, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2019. Bus stop numbers: Hamilton GO Centre Platform 17
  10. ^ "51 UNIVERSITY" (PDF). Bus Schedules. Hamilton Street Railway. September 4, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2019. Bus stop numbers: Hamilton Station Platform 17
  11. ^ "1 KING" (PDF). Bus Schedules. Hamilton Street Railway. January 1, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2019. Bus stop numbers: Go Centre Platform 18
  12. ^ "2 BARTON" (PDF). Bus Schedules. Hamilton Street Railway. September 3, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2019. Bus stop numbers: GO Centre Platform 18

External links[edit]

Media related to Hamilton GO Centre at Wikimedia Commons