Bramalea GO is set to undergo a station overhaul, adding more parking and better transit access, in preparation for more all-day GO Train service starting in 2025.
Last spring, Metrolinx sent out a survey to Bramalea GO commuters, asking for feedback on a new station plan, completely re-orienting the layout of parking, bus bays, intersections, and station structures on the north lot.
Turns out that Metrolinx awarded the contract for the design and building of the station renovation to Kenaidan Contracting last August. The contract, valued at $99,170,000.00, has a project deadline of 2022. Kenaidan was also responsible for building parking garages at Erindale GO and Ajax GO.
The station renovation will include a new multi-storey parking garage with about 1,200 spaces, a renovated station building, enlarged train platforms, enlarged pedestrian tunnels, as well as a direct pedestrian bridge from the garage to the platforms.
Transit access to the site will also be revamped. There will be a new dedicated transit access point just west of the existing main entrance off Steeles Avenue. Most GO Transit and Brampton Transit bus bays will be aligned to a new platform parallel to the tracks, and a new dedicated Zum loop inside the station. Right now, 511 Zum Steeles buses bypass Bramalea GO due to the long distance between Steeles and the current bus loop.
The current work on happening on platform 4 is part of this project. GO Transit is extending the platform to fit 12-car trains, as well as adding a new snow melt system, heated shelters, and a station canopy. That work is expected to be finished in spring 2019.
Construction on the north side of the station is going to be built in phases and should be complete by 2022. Electrification of the Kitchener Line, to at least Bramalea GO, is also expected to be complete by 2025.