Scarborough GO Station
|Address||3615 St. Clair Ave. E, Toronto, ON|
|Local Transit||TTC 102|
Scarborough GO Station is a GO Transit train station in Toronto, Ontario. It is located on the south side of St. Clair Avenue East, east of Danforth Road in Scarborough Junction—named for the junction of the Kingston Subdivision and Uxbridge Subdivision.
There are two station platforms: one on the north/west side of the main tracks, serving the northernmost track and the track to Stouffville, and one on the south/east side of the tracks. The middle track on the mainline is an express track, with no platforms to serve it. An underground walkway connects the station building on the east side to the north/west platform and the exit to St. Clair Avenue on the north/west side of the tracks. A ticket agent is available in the station building 7 days a week, until 9PM weekdays and 10PM weekends/holidays.
By the time GO Transit commenced operations in 1967, Canadian National had an office at Scarborough Junction as well as served the station,located closer to Midland Avenue, with a train to Uxbridge. The platforms for Scarborough GO Station were built up to St. Clair Avenue, providing walk-in access through a ticket booth on each side. At this time, there were at-grade crossings at St. Clair Avenue and Midland Avenue. Eventually these would be grade-separated when funds were available.
On December 12, 1975 a TTC bus on route 86 became stranded on the tracks at St. Clair Avenue. The rear doors had malfunctioned and opened, automatically stopping the bus on the tracks. At that moment, a westbound GO train was approaching. Despite the efforts of the train crew and the bus driver, the train struck the bus at approximately 80 kilometre per hour. Nine people were killed and multiple injured when they could not clear the bus at the time of impact. The tragic event was the impetus for funding a number of grade separations, including the two by the station. They were completed in 1977. Around this time, a new station building was built south of the tracks by the parking lot.
Until the mid-1990s, Stouffville trains stopped at both Danforth and Scarborough GO Stations, when the passenger loads started to overwhelm the Stouffville trains. Today they pass by express, however as of 2015, a limited number of trains now stop at Danforth and Scarborough again.
By the end of July 2008, renovations of Scarborough GO Station were completed. This included a renovated station building and new fully-accessible tunnel. New waiting areas with overhead canopies were added at the central point of the platforms. The platforms were extended westward to accommodate 12-car trains. The work was part of the GO Transit Rail Improvement Program (GO TRIP), a $1 billion-dollar expansion initiative funded by all three levels of government.
Local transit connections are made on nearby St. Clair Ave.