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Bloomington GO Station opens June 28



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^ Image, Metrolinx.

Metrolinx and GO Transit are opening the new Bloomington GO Station Monday, June 28. has announced the official opening date of Bloomington Station. The new station extends GO’s Richmond Hill line by one stop — about five kilometres further northward beyond Gormley GO Station.

Metrolinx has built the new transit hub near Highway 404 and Bloomington Road as part of the GO Expansion program. GO trains drop off or pick up passengers at the station Mondays to Fridays during rush hours and by buses along the 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto route during other times Mondays to Fridays.

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^ A look inside the station, with a lot of glass and views to spare. Image, Metrolinx.

The station features:

  • 12-car platform with heated shelters and a snow-melt system;
  • A bus loop with six bus bays for GO Transit and any future local transit connections;
  • Large modern waiting areas with plenty of natural lighting and views;
  • Bike parking with quick access to the platform;
  • Easy access from Highway 404 for dropping off and picking up passengers;
  • 238 surface parking spots;
  • A three-level parking structure with 760 more parking spots. The structure includes a car-counting system to help passengers locate available parking spots faster; and
  • Accessible, well-lit ramps throughout the structure and two elevators to allow passengers access to every level of the station.

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^ The station atrium. Image, Metrolinx.

The entrance waiting area is 62 square metres (668 square feet) and has a large glass roof atrium that allows for plenty of natural lighting. Elevators and accessible ramps throughout the building allow passengers to easily navigate all four levels of the station.

Metrolinx designed the station to achieve LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) Gold certification. LEED is a world-wide green building certification program. The roof has solar panels to help generate electricity and the station uses low-energy LED (light-emitting diode) lights - one of the features that helps reduce the overall carbon footprint. Metrolinx has also incorporated a storm-water management system - the building collects water, which the transit agency then reuses around the site.

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^ The solar system on the station’s roof will provide most of the station’s power during summer and offset some of the power needs during winter. Image, Nitish Bissonauth.

According to Metrolinx, “The station is meant to optimize… space… while minimizing footprint. By incorporating a multi-level parking structure, [we were] able to minimize the disruption to the surrounding ecology, preserving significant wetlands and a pond within the station site.”

Metrolinx says that, since the station is in Ontario’s Greenbelt, it’s surrounded by significant wildlife, which includes frogs. The transit agency has thought about the frogs’ commute by keeping migration paths open and creating a special underground crossing from the pond to nearby wetlands.

Metrolinx procured the Bloomington GO project using a “design, bid, build delivery model. It awarded the $82.4M contract to Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. in December 2016. Construction at the station started in early spring 2017.


Metrolinx and GO plan to accommodate more passengers and increase service along the Richmond Hill line, as part of their GO Expansion Program (formerly “regional express rail”).


Sources:

  • Metrolinx News blog post, “Metrolinx announces official opening date for Bloomington GO Station”, by Nitish Bissonauth, Metrolinx bilingual spokesperson, media relations and issues specialist, here.
  • Government of Ontario news release, “Ontario to Officially Open New Bloomington GO Station”, here.

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^ Train platform at Bloomington GO Station. Image, Metrolinx.

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