PHOTOS: Metrolinx Starts Next Phase Of Construction At Bramalea GO Station
InBrampton reported earlier that there will be changes to busing at the Bramalea GO station. This change will allow the construction team to advance the project.
Metrolinx is looking to add more amenities to customers and expand the station's capacity for both bus and train services. The station is expected to accommodate at least 3,000 additional daily passengers by 2031.
"The improvements to Bramalea GO have been designed to bring more connections to the station and to make those connections easier," said Malcolm Mackay, senior planning officer with Metrolinx's service planning.
According to Metrolinx, they are adding two new bus loops with a dedicated Zum platform. The new bus loops have been designed so that passengers do not need to cross live bus lanes by placing all bays on one side of the loop. Canopies will provide a protected connection to the station building and train platforms.
Metrolinx will also be improving bus bays for increased service and adding new traffic signals on Steeles Avenue and Bramalea Road.
The project will eventually include a new station building linked to a parking garage, kiss-and-ride area, bicycle storage room, retail spaces and a pedestrian tunnel. They will also be making platform improvements with a snow-melting system, canopies and capacity for 12-car trains.
Major construction started at the station in February 2018. After a year and a half, Metrolinx states that the underground utilities are now within the station property and are ready to be connected once the structures are complete. According to Metrolinx, the construction team has poured most of the foundation for the parking garage, excavated the new west tunnel and installed the stairs to the side and island platforms. Metrolinx also states that they have installed the frames for the new canopies, the electrical systems for upgraded safety and security amenities on the east end of the platforms.
"We've phased the project to reduce impacts on our customers while ensuring we can make steady progress on the great customer amenities to come," said Tracy Abell, Metrolinx project coordinator.
Station amenities are expected to be ready in 2021.