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Old Elm GO Station upgrades complete

Major infrastructure upgrades to the new Old Elm GO Station are complete and include a new passenger pick-up and drop-off area, designated waiting area and more than 670 parking spaces.

“The unveiling of the brand new station at Old Elm GO is exciting news for the residents of Stouffville,” says Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovett. “The station will significantly contribute to the town’s growth for generations to come.”

The new station also features heated shelters, a new platform with an advanced snow-melting system, improved cycling amenities and a bus loop to better connect GO Transit customers with more transit options. Beginning in November, GO users can take advantage of two additional GO train trips between Old Elm and Union Stations that will serve nearby communities, including Markham, Unionville, Stouffville and Lincolnville.

“These upgrades to the Old Elm GO station demonstrate our government’s commitment to getting Ontarians where they need to be, reliably and effectively,” says Markham-Stouffville MPP Paul Calandra. “Improvements to our transit network like this one will prepare our community as our province grows at an unprecedented speed.”

The project marks the third major GO station improvement project along the Stouffville Line in the last month, the provincial government reports. Upon completion of the GO Expansion work along the Stouffville Line, travel times between Old Elm and Union Station will be reduced by more than 30 minutes.

“As one of the fastest growing communities in Ontario, York Region’s more than 1.2 million residents rely on safe and efficient transportation options to access work, home, school and other destinations,” York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson says. “The timely completion of the Old Elm GO Station in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville unlocks additional travel options for our growing population.”

Located at 12958 Tenth Line in the Town of Stouffville, Old Elm GO Station replaces the previous station on Bethesda Road, which is beside the layover facility where Metrolinx stores and maintains GO Trains. Preliminary plans for the new station called for the removal of a 200-year-old elm tree to clear a path for a new bus loop but following community consultation, the bus loop was rerouted around the tree. In 2021, Lincolnville GO Station was officially renamed Old Elm Go Station in its honour.

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