Major Changes Are Coming to a Go Station in Mississauga
A busy GO station is about to get a massive facelift—and we now know who will be responsible for carrying out the grand-scale project.
With the Hurontario LRT breaking ground some time next year, the renovations to the existing Cooksville GO station were inevitable. Insauga.com reported earlier this year that the Ontario government had already released the Request for Proposals (RFP) from two pre-qualified teams to design, build and finance the new station.
Selection criteria include applicable design, construction experience, and capacity to finance a project of this size and complexity. For Metrolinx, they’re hoping the pre-qualified companies can design something resembling this artistic rendering:
Well, now you don’t have to wait any longer. The Ontario government announced they have found a builder for the revamped Cooksville GO station.
The contract has been awarded to EllisDon Infrastructure CGS RER Inc. by Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx. The contract is valued at $128.4 million, which reflects the substantial completion payment.
Members of the EllisDon team will include:
Lead: EllisDon Infrastructure CGS RER Inc.
Construction: EllisDon Design-Build Inc.
Design: WalterFedy, Brodie & Associates, WSP/MMM
Financial Advisor: EllisDon Capital Inc.
Construction of the new GO station and structure is set to begin immediately, and is expected to be completed by 2020. EllisDon anticipates about 150 workers to be on-site, the majority of which will come from the GTA.
"Cooksville GO Station is another example of the work our government is doing to make people’s commutes faster, more convenient and better integrated with transit systems across the region. Increasing commuter’s transportation choices in Peel, Mississauga and across the GTHA helps us manage congestion and reduce emissions on our roads while we improve our economy by connecting people to jobs and opportunities," said Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca in a statement.
Metrolinx released some additional design concepts and renditions of what the final product will look like:
Here is a rendering of the new entrance area at Cooksville GO:
Here's another view from an above angle:
The new design will also include additional amenities, such as an increase number of GO transit bus pick up and drop off points, as well as pedestrian bridge from the main station building to the train platform.
Such inclusions only point to one goal in mind: at some point Regional Express Rail (RER), also known as all day, two way GO train services, will be coming. They've already announced the funding for RER along the Kitchener line. While that is all well and good, the ridership numbers along Milton provides as strong and credible business case to upgrade the tracks along the Milton Line in order to accommodate trains going in both directions.
Insauga will keep people updated on the construction and other news pertaining to this very important transit infrastructure project.
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