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Clarkson GO Station completely accessible, November 24

Early last year, GO Transit started several projects to improve Clarkson GO Station, two of which were building a centre tunnel and installing more elevators to make Clarkson completely accessible.

A few months later, GO put new elevators into service, providing elevator access from the north parking lot to the platform now serving tracks 1 and 2.

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 24 at 10 a.m., Clarkson will be completely accessible as more new elevators, providing access from the south side of the station facility to all of the station platforms, start operating.

GO has restricted access to platform 3 since July 2010 due to construction. Also starting tomorrow, GO is opening the platform for regular eastbound service and no longer restricts trains arriving and departing from the new platform from opening all coach doors.

The improvements at Clarkson GO Station began in March 2010. They included

  • expanding the pedestrian tunnel to the south parking lot;
  • installing new stairs and elevators to ease crowding and make the station more accessible
  • repairing the south platform;
  • installing platform snowmelt systems; and
  • building a new platform canopy, two new shelters and a covered mini-platform.

The upgrades also provide better access to the new track that GO added in 2009 to accommodate 12-car trains.

The total cost of the project was $14 million. The Government of Canada contributed $7 million or as much as 50 per cent of the costs, through the Building Canada Fund. The Government of Ontario provided the rest of the project funds.

The governments invested in the project through the GO Transit Rail Improvement Program (GO-TRIP), a $500-million fund that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Dalton McGuinty announced in 2009.