Kitchener station

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Kitchener station is a railway station located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, slightly to the northeast of downtown Kitchener, at 126 Weber Street West, near the corner of Victoria Street. It is a heritage building[1] containing a waiting room and ticket counter built beside a set of tracks also used as a freight yard. A separate building to the east of the passenger area, originally built in 1925 as a freight building,[3] now serves as the headquarters for the Goderich–Exeter Railway.

Kitchener
Kitchener station wide.jpg
Location126 Weber St. West
Kitchener, Ontario
Coordinates43°27′20″N 80°29′35″W / 43.45556°N 80.49306°W / 43.45556; -80.49306Coordinates: 43°27′20″N 80°29′35″W / 43.45556°N 80.49306°W / 43.45556; -80.49306
Owned byVia Rail
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus interchange GRT buses 204, 4, 8, 20, 34
Construction
Structure typeHeritage station building[1]
ParkingCentral Systems Auto Parks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeGO Transit: 02186
Fare zone27
History
Opened1856[2]
Rebuilt1897[1]
Previous namesBerlin (1856–1916)
Services
Preceding station VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail Following station
Stratford
toward Sarnia
Sarnia–Toronto Guelph
toward Toronto
Preceding station GO Transit logo.svg GO Transit Following station
Terminus Kitchener Guelph
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Stratford
toward Chicago
International Guelph
toward Toronto
Designated2006
Reference no.4571

The station is served by two daily Via Rail trains in each direction running between Sarnia and Toronto via London. On weekdays there are also 8 eastbound and 7 westbound GO Transit train trips between Kitchener and Toronto. In the times or directions that train service is not operating, GO bus route 30 Kitchener provides express service to Bramalea GO Station where passengers can connect to off-peak trains.[4] Grand River Transit routes 4, 6, 20, 34 and 204[5] stop near to the station on either Weber Street or Victoria Street.

HistoryEdit

 
Postcard of Berlin GTR station

Berlin Station opened on 1 July 1856 as part of the Grand Trunk Railway line between Toronto and Berlin (now Kitchener).[2] The railway was extended beyond Berlin to St. Marys Junction in 1858, and to Sarnia in 1859.[6] In 1916, the town of Berlin was renamed Kitchener, and the station was renamed accordingly.

The GTR built the current station building in 1897[1] to replace a smaller building built in 1856. The station building originally included a prominent Gothic clock tower. A second tower was added to the station after a 1908 fire. In 1966, Canadian National Railway (CN), by this point the owner of the station, removed the clock tower and the other roof features. In 1983, CN threatened to demolish the station, but Via Rail, who had assumed responsibility for CN's passenger services in 1978, opted to retain it. Under the provisions of Canada's Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act, it was designated a railway heritage structure as of February 15, 1994.[7]

Between 1982 and 2004, Kitchener was served by the Via Rail and Amtrak International Limited service between Chicago and Toronto.[8]

 
Pair of GO trains parked at the layover facility, located just west of the station

In November 2010, a partial rollout of GO train service was announced to be in place by late 2011. Two Kitchener line trains daily serve Acton, Guelph and Kitchener with layover for those trains at a small facility in Kitchener. $18 million was spent to get this first stage operational, with further upgrades to come.[9] Service began on December 19, serving only Kitchener and Guelph to begin with.[10]

ServicesEdit

Kitchener station is a stop on the Via Rail TorontoLondonSarnia intercity train service, which forms a component of Via Rail's Corridor network. This currently consists of two trains per direction per day, but only one of these trains terminates in Sarnia, with the other terminating early in London.[11]

The station is also served by GO Transit's Kitchener line regional/commuter service connecting it to Toronto via Guelph, Georgetown, and Brampton. Kitchener is the service's western terminus. It currently consists of 8 eastbound and 7 westbound trains per weekday, with no weekend service. Eastbound trains consist of 6 commuter-oriented early morning trains, 1 mid-afternoon train, and 1 evening train. Westbound trains consist of 1 mid-afternoon train, 6 late afternoon trains, and 1 evening train.[12]

FutureEdit

The Region of Waterloo plans to replace Kitchener Station with a new Kitchener Central Station located at King Street where the railway crosses the Ion light rail line. In addition to the Via Rail and GO Transit trains and buses relocated from the current facility, the new facility would also serve the new light rail line, and Greyhound and Coach Canada intercity buses which are currently served from Charles Street Transit Terminal. The Central Station light rail stop opened in 2019 along with the light rail line itself, but as of 2016 the new railway station could only open in 2022 at the earliest.[13]

A larger GO train layover facility is planned west of Kitchener near Baden, in order to allow increased train service to Kitchener.[14] In the meantime, trains are stored in an interim yard in Kitchener off Shirley Avenue east of the station.[15][16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Canadian former National Railways Station at Kitchener". Canada's Historic Places. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "William Armstrong, the Grand Trunk Railway and the Breslau Bridge". Historically Speaking - Kitchener Public Library. 2 April 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. ^ Brown, Ron (2002). The Last Stop: Ontario's heritage railway stations. Toronto: Polar Bear Press. ISBN 978-1-896757-19-3. OCLC 49047616.
  4. ^ "Kitchner Line Schedule" (PDF). GO Transit. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Grand River Transit Route Map" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-03. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  6. ^ Scrimgeour, Pat (July 1990). "Historical Outlines of Railways in Southern Ontario" (PDF). TrainWeb.org. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  7. ^ Savage, Dave (1994). Directory of Railway Stations of Ontario. Cobourg, Ontario: Canadian Station News. ISBN 978-0-9699091-0-1. OCLC 32549067.
  8. ^ Melzer, Matt (23 April 2004). "Final Run of the Amtrak / VIA International". TrainWeb.org. Retrieved 4 August 2015. From 1982, Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada had jointly operated the International train between Chicago and Toronto
  9. ^ Outhit, Jeff (14 November 2010). "GO trains to run from Kitchener to Toronto in 2011". Waterloo Region Record. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  10. ^ Outhit, Jeff (25 November 2011). "GO Train coming Dec. 19". Waterloo Region Record. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Toronto-London-Sarnia" (PDF). Via Rail. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Kitchener GO Train and Bus Schedule" (PDF). GO Transit. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Central Station Open House Panels" (PDF). Region of Waterloo. May 19, 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 23, 2018. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  14. ^ R. J. Burnside and Associates, Ltd. (2009-07-13). "Georgetown to Kitchener Environmental Study Report". Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
  15. ^ "New Train Layover & Bus Facility, Shirley Avenue, Kitchener". Merx. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  16. ^ Coxson, Doug (September 9, 2014). "Baden site still in GO Transit's plans for train layover facility". New Hamburg Independent. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.

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