York University GO Station

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GO Transit logo.svg York University
F59 departing York U station.JPG
Location595-A Canarctic Drive
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 2P9
Coordinates43°46′43.8″N 79°29′00.4″W / 43.778833°N 79.483444°W / 43.778833; -79.483444Coordinates: 43°46′43.8″N 79°29′00.4″W / 43.778833°N 79.483444°W / 43.778833; -79.483444
Owned byMetrolinx
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks2
Connections
  York University shuttle
Construction
Structure typeShelter on platform
ParkingNone
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeGO Transit: YO
Fare zone19
History
OpenedSeptember 6, 2002 (2002-09-06)
ClosedMarch 17, 2020 (2020-03-17) (last train)
July 19, 2021 (2021-07-19) (announcement)[1]
Services
Preceding station GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit Following station
Rutherford Barrie Downsview Park

York University GO Station was a train station on GO Transit's Barrie line, in North York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The station served York University but was located in an industrial area 1.6 km (1 mi) away from the York campus; it was connected by a shuttle bus service privately operated by the university. The station was only served on weekdays, southbound during the morning peak period and northbound during the afternoon peak period; its replacement, the nearby Downsview Park station, provides a connection from midday, evening, weekend, and holiday GO trains to the university at all times via a two-stop trip on the Toronto Transit Commission's Line 1 subway.[2] The station closed temporarily on March 18, 2020, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto.[1] Metrolinx announced the station's permanent closure on July 19, 2021.[3]

History[edit]

York University GO Station was funded by a provincial investment of $850,000 and completed in 2002.[4] The station officially opened on September 6, 2002, though it had been put into service earlier. The station consisted of a single platform on the west track with passenger shelters and a ticket vending machine.

Downsview Park station was originally planned to entirely replace York University GO station, given that it would be connected to York University by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Line 1 subway extension.[5] However, following objection from York University members and a local councillor,[6] the station was not closed following the opening of Downsview Park GO station on December 30, 2017. As a compromise, service was retained at York University in one direction during the weekday peak periods, but off-peak services would no longer stop at York University GO station.[2]

In 2018, the station was being used by about 105 daily customers, versus 25,700 daily customers accessing York University at the York University and Pioneer Village TTC subway stations.[3]

On March 18, 2020, the station was temporarily closed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto and the resulting closure of York University.[7][8][1] As of October 2020, the station was no longer listed on schedules or on GO Transit's website, though it had not been officially closed. As of February 12, 2021, York University GO Station was no longer shown on GO Transit's system map.[9]

On July 19, 2021, Metrolinx announced that the station had been permanently closed. Metrolinx was in the process of expanding the Barrie Line for all-day, two-way service, and it needed to demolish the station in order to lay extra track.[3]

Services[edit]

From January 2018 to March 2020, weekday service consisted of 8 trains southbound to Union Station in the morning, 7 trains northbound to Barrie Allandale Station in the afternoon, and 1 train northbound to Bradford GO Station in the evening. From the opening of Downsview Park station in late December 2017, the station had not had any service on weekends.[2]

The station had no connecting public transit services. The only bus route that directly served the station was York University's privately operated shuttle bus, which was only available to York University students and employees.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "GO Train Shuttle Service". York University. Archived from the original on July 19, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Barrie Line - table 65" (PDF). GO Transit. January 5, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "York University GO Station closes to make way for Barrie Line expansion". Metrolinx. July 19, 2021. Archived from the original on July 19, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  4. ^ "Eves government opens new GO Transit station at York University". Ontario Ministry of Transportation. 2002. Archived from the original on December 30, 2005. Retrieved June 9, 2006.
  5. ^ "GO Transit Rail Improvements Benefits Case Analysis (BCA)" (PDF). May 19, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  6. ^ Fox, Chris (August 29, 2017). "Councillor asks Metrolinx to revisit planned closure of York U. GO Station". CP24. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  7. ^ GO Transit [@GOtransit] (March 15, 2020). "Hi Brandon, The trains will not be stopping at York University GO. ^BM" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Train Schedule Changes". GO Transit. Archived from the original on March 30, 2020. Retrieved October 13, 2020.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ "GO Transit System Map" (PDF). GO Transit. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  10. ^ "GO Train Shuttle Service". York University. December 17, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.

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