PHOTOS: New platform and pavilion now open at a Mississauga GO Station

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If you regularly use GO Transit to get around Mississauga and the GTA, you might have noticed that the Cooksville GO station just got a little facelift

According to a blog posted by Metrolinx, riders can now enjoy a brand new east pavilion and a completed east platform—two projects that are part of an overall plan to rejuvenate the busy transit hub. 

View of the east pavilion from the south-east side of Cooksville GO Station (Metrolinx photo)

According to the post, written by Teresa Ko, a communications senior advisor with Metrolinx, the east pavilion is located about 200 metres from the GO station building and features a waiting area, a secure indoor bike shelter and an outdoor bike shelter. 

Ko says that once inside, commuters have direct access to the newly opened east tunnel. 

"With work complete on the east platform, customers will now have a fully functional platform from end to end. As GO Transit continues to run shorter trains to make best use of resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, customers are advised to look down the platform when the train approaches as they may need to adjust where they're waiting," Ko writes. 

View of the completed east platform (Metrolinx photo)

Ko writes that platform upgrades include new canopied shelters, safety markers and a snowmelt system. 

Ko also writes that fare vending machines will be installed in the newly opened east pavilion and on the east side of the platform later next month. 

Before: Glass installation and insulation completed on the south elevation of the east pavilion (Metrolinx photo)

Commuters should also note that following a partial opening in Sept. 2019, all six levels of the parking garage—which features over 1,800 new parking spots—are now fully open to commuters. 

The station now boasts over 2,500 parking spots in total. 

The post also mentions that the pedestrian bridge, accessible from the fourth floor of the parking garage, opened to foot traffic earlier this month. Ko says the bridge was assembled on-site and lifted into place by a giant crane in fall 2018 and is made of 56 glass panels, louvres, roofing and soffits.

After: South side of the east pavilion (Metrolinx photo)

According to the post, total completion of the station is expected by the end of 2020. In the future, the Cooksville GO transit hub will also include connections to the Hurontario LRT, with estimated completion in fall 2024.

All photos courtesy of Metrolinx

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