Metrolinx has sent the City of Hamilton some details and timelines on the planned all-day GO Train station on James North.
By Ryan McGreal
Published October 25, 2012
Metrolinx has sent the City of Hamilton a report on the details of the planned GO station [PDF] that will be built at 353 James Street North to accommodate all-day GO Train service. The station itself will be constructed to the west of James Street where MacNab Street North crosses the train tracks.
According to a letter by project coordinator Matthew Graham, the project is scheduled to start in March 2014. The project will be built in two phases and be completed by March 2017.
Phase one will be complete in June 2015, in time for the Pan American Games, to serve as access to the Pan Am events that will take place in Hamilton at a rebuilt Ivor Wynne Stadium.
In phase one, the station will have a ticket booth, washrooms, waiting areas and sheltered north and south rail platforms that incorporate snow-melt systems.
It will include a Kiss & Ride drop-off and pick-up area and a parking lot with 460 vehicle spots, bicycle parking, carpool parking and the potential for future electric vehicle parking.
The station will also have pedestrian and bicycle access and a bus loop with heated shelters to connect to the HSR network.
Phase two will add pedestrian bridges or tunnels with elevators and/or ramps to provide full accessibility to both the rail platforms. The completed station will be fully accessible and will function as a "mobility hub" within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
According to the planned schedule of work, the construction contract for phase one will be tendered in January 2014 and work will begin in March 2014. The construction should reach "substantial completion" by June 2015 to accommodate traffic to the Pan Am events in Hamilton.
Design for phase two will begin in January 2014 and tendered in April 2015. Work will start in August 2015 with completion scheduled for March 2017.