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Agincourt GO Station: New station building opens October 25

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^ Front of Agincourt GO Station building. Image, Metrolinx

Metrolinx continues to update amenities, enhance accessibility and make accessing services at Agincourt GO Station easier and more convenient, as part of the GO Expansion Program.

While work continues at the station, starting Monday, October 25, GO Transit is opening the new station building.

The new building offers more seating, five new digital displays, a spacious and well-lit waiting area with phone-charging stations and a wood-panelled ceiling. Window design maximizes incoming daylight, while acid-etching treatment creates a translucent glass and allows glare-free light into the waiting and passenger-service area.

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^ Agincourt GO Station building passenger waiting area. Image, Metrolinx

The station building is fully accessible with ramps, railings, automatic door-openers and accessible washroom facilities. The universal washroom includes an infant and adult changing table. A new water-efficient drinking fountain and hands-free bottle refilling station is also available.

Metrolinx and GO designed the station building to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. LEED is a worldwide green building-certification program and Gold is the second highest of four certification levels.

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^ Passenger-service ticket booth and seating. Image, Metrolinx

Construction and waste-management systems have aimed for at least a 75 per cent overall waste diversion. Due to this target, contractors recovered, reused and recycled all materials, wherever possible, and used environmentally friendly and sustainable products and materials, whenever possible.

Architectural, mechanical and electrical systems and equipment optimize energy efficiency.

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^ Indoor bike storage room complete with eight bike racks. Image, Metrolinx

Although construction of the new station building is complete, work at the station will continue within the rail corridor, on the platforms and in the parking lot.

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A new part of the west platform is open for you to use. GO continues to close the east platform and north walkway for construction. Two entrances safely lead you to the new platform - one near the station building and another farther south — to give you direct access to the platform from the parking lot. By opening the new platform, GO is shortening the walk between the parking lot and where you board your train.

Not all doors on your train open at Agincourt, so you may have to adjust where you normally board your train. Spread out along the platform and keep the accessibility coach available for those who need it most.

To learn which coach you should board to travel to and from Agincourt, review the boarding infographic below or ask a customer service ambassador for help.

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Crews are also removing the temporary ticketing trailer, washrooms and PRESTO fare machines. New PRESTO machines are available in the new station building. After removing the temporary ticketing trailer, they start removing asphalt, grading, installing concrete for curbs and adjusting structures in the middle parking lot. GO is closing the lot “for approximately three months”, meaning as late as until January 31, 2022.

As work progresses, you can expect more changes to the parking-lot layout. However, the number of parking spaces will always remain the same as crews work to improve the station.

“As early as” October 25, crews start working on the east and west staircases on the north side of Sheppard Avenue East. You can only walk on the south side of Sheppard and use the signalized north-south crosswalks at the station entrance or at Lamont Avenue. Crews work Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The work zone blocks the north sidewalk on Sheppard East “for approximately four months”, meaning as late as until February 28, 2022.

When construction ends, you’ll benefit from:

  • a new station building that will be LEED- (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified;
  • a new passenger pick-up and drop-off area (or “Kiss and Ride”);
  • a new second track and platform;
  • a renovated original platform;
  • two new pedestrian tunnels with elevators;
  • canopies and integrated shelters on the platforms to protect you from the elements;
  • a better connection to Sheppard Avenue East at the south end of the platforms; and
  • more landscaping.

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^ Rendering of the future Agincourt GO Station building. Image: Metrolinx

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

Source: Metrolinx News blog post, “See video of new Agincourt GO station building”, by Teresa Ko, Metrolinx communications senior advisor, here