With the announcement of a market-driven approach to delivering new infrastructure across the GO Transit network, Metrolinx has decided to scale back the plans for the development of Confederation GO station. For the time being, they are giving priority to getting more service to West Harbour, which is ready to receive more customers and underutilized.
Starting November 2nd however, the GO bus route 12 stop currently located at Barton Street and Nash Road will move into the bus loop on the north side of the Confederation station site, off Goderich Road. Approximately 60 parking spaces will be available.
This GO bus route connects Confederation station with Burlington GO Station and Dundas Street & Highway 407 Park & Ride lot to the west, and Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls to the east.
Metrolinx’s President and CEO Phil Verster stated that by the end of 2019 local bus service would also serve the new GO station, however it’s not yet known how the HSR will incorporate service into Confederation GO. 44 RYMAL and 56 CENTENNIAL run adjacent to the new station so they would be the most likely candidates to service the station.
Metrolinx will be moving ahead with the design and construction of a self-serve rail station for the Confederation site. This work will be tendered out later on this year.
According to Matt Llewellyn, spokesperson for Metrolinx in a recent interview with Hamilton News, the station will not have ticket booths but will have self-serve PRESTO reload machines and ticket vending machines. These self-serve machines are already available at many full GO stations and at some Park ‘N’ Rides.
Any further expansion of this station will be phased based on demand and ridership growth.