Bramalea GO Station
|Address||1713 Steeles Ave. E., Brampton, ON|
|GO Bus||30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 39, 46, 47, 48|
|Local Transit||Brampton 11, 13, 15, 16, 92, 511|
Bramalea GO Station is a GO Transit train station located in Brampton, ON. It is located on the southwest corner of Steeles Ave. and Bramalea Rd., and along CN's busy Halton Subdivision.
One station platform is located on the south side of the tracks, serving the southernmost "pocket track", mainly used for Union-Bramalea trains. The second platform is located between the middle two (#2 and #3) tracks, serving them (the north #1 track is freight only). Both platforms are connected via underground walkways in the middle of the platform to the station building, and towards the east end to the bus loop, both on the north side of the tracks. The Passenger Pick-up & Drop-off is located to the north of the station building, with the parking lot extending north and west from the station building to Steeles and Bramalea. The bus loop is east of the station building, and loops around a small drainage pond. It is serviced by local Brampton Transit bus routes as well as GO Transit's bus services. A ticket agent is available in the station building during weekdays; a Ticket Vending Machine is available for use on weekends and late evenings.
Bramalea station opened with the rest of the Georgetown line in April 1974. The station previously shared the site with a large lumber dealer located on the east side of the grounds, which is now GO parking. Bramalea was originally the terminus for all-day service which operated (in the form of afternoon trains between Bramalea and Union Stations) from 2002 until 2009, when construction for the grade-separation project in Weston required replacing those trains with buses to free up track time. Being the terminus of all-day train service, the south platform was constructed in 2004 and the former south service track converted to a "pocket track" for GO passenger trains to use, to prevent blocking CN freight traffic on the mainlines. Parking (the Bramalea south lot opening in the early-mid 00's) and bus route and terminal expansion has also occurred since then, making Bramalea one of the biggest and busiest stations on the Georgetown line. The previous bus platforms located just off Bramalea were replaced in late 2006 with a new bus loop constructed north of the railway tracks, larger in size and closer to the station, which opened October 26th 2006.
Bramalea was also the location of a satellite bus garage, which began construction in 2004 at the vacant northeastern portion of the property, at the southwest corner of Steeles and Bramalea. The site contained outdoor storage, small service and driver buildings, and fuel pumps. Previously GO buses were based out of Brampton Transit's Clark Blvd Garage. The Bramalea garage was the original storage facility for the double-decker fleet starting in April of 2008. Double deckers left Bramalea garage in 2009 with the opening of Streetsville Garage, but the site continued to see use for a few more years. GO built a dedicated Brampton Garage with indoor storage at 85 Van Kirk Drive (opened circa late 2010/early 2011), and eventually, between mid-late 2011 the Bramalea satellite garage was demolished and site repaved over into more parking for commuters.
- Bay 1: Unloading
- Bay 2: GO 31 westbound
- Bay 3: GO 46, 47 westbound
- Bay 4: GO 46, 47, 48 eastbound
- Bay 5: GO 32 eastbound
- Bay 6: GO 31 eastbound
- Bay 7: Brampton 15 southbound
- Bay 8: Brampton 92
- Bay 9: Brampton 13, 16
- Bay 10: Brampton 15 northbound
- Bay 11: GO 31, 32, 34, 35, 36
- Steeles Ave.: Brampton 11, 511
- Bramalea GO Station — TRAIN & BUS STATION, gotransit.com, retrieved on 2009-04-26