New station building at Meadowvale
The continuing improvements to our GO transit stations in western Mississauga will continue in 2018, as the Meadowvale GO station building is completely replaced. First opened in 1981, the station building is showing its vintage. The rapidly-growing number of commuters using the station mean we need a bigger, more modern station building. Along with the new station building, which includes more accessible facilities, Meadowvale GO commuters will also see:
- Reconfiguring the parking lot layout to make access easier, and the layout more efficient;
- Reworking the passenger pickup and dropoff areas;
- A better bus loop to both protect passengers from the weather, and improve the connection between the train and the bus;
- Repair and replace some damaged and worn out catch basins and storm sewer lines;
- Upgrades to the Meadowvale GO parking lot;
- Better pedestrian connections, and improved bicycle storage.
Other work on the Milton Line corridor includes expansion of the Milton GO station, and a new Station Operations West Facility to accommodate future office, warehouse and parking needs for GO operations. The Station Operations West Facility will also be located in Meadowvale.
In past years, the parking lot had been expanded, and a new parking lot north of the tracks built. All of us who had taken the train from Meadowvale in the 1980s and 1990s knew that the wait on the platform in bad weather mean exposure to the elements. The upgraded shelters installed several years ago improved the wait for the train.
As well, in 2003, commuters on the Milton Line were served by only five trains each morning and afternoon rush hour, each train pulling ten cars. Today, Milton Line commuters are served by ten GO trains each peak commute, with each train now pulling 12 cars behind brand new, quieter, lower emission locomotives.
Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested bidders to design, build and finance the Milton corridor project, which includes the redevelopment of the Meadowvale GO station. The RFQ is the first step in the procurement process. The project is expected to go to tender in 2018.
The Milton Line is owned by CP Rail. To add two-way rail service requires CP Rail to come to an agreement with Metrolinx, the parent of GO Transit. The Province and Metrolinx have not been successful in starting these discussions. Metrolinx has developed feasibility and engineering studies, and done environmental assessments, on the Milton ‘capacity expansion.’ Click or touch here for more information.