Brantford Railway Station
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Brantford Railway Station
Brantford
Brantford VIA Station 2014 p1.jpg
Location5 Wadsworth St., Brantford, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°08?48?N 80°15?56?W / 43.14667°N 80.26556°W / 43.14667; -80.26556Coordinates: 43°08?48?N 80°15?56?W / 43.14667°N 80.26556°W / 43.14667; -80.26556
Owned byVia Rail
Platforms1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks2
Construction
ParkingYes
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened1905
Rebuilt2002
Services
Preceding station VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail Following station
Woodstock
toward Windsor
Windsor-Toronto Aldershot
toward Toronto

Brantford railway station in Brantford, Ontario, Canada is a railway station serving Via Rail trains running between Toronto and Windsor. The station also serves the nearby towns of Paris and Simcoe.

History

Grand Trunk Railway Station, ca. 1910

The station was built by the Grand Trunk Railway, as designed by architects Spier and Rohns, in 1905.[1]

The station played a key role in Brantford's economic development.[2] It brought markets, materials and labour into the city.[2] Refurbishments for the Brantford railway station came in 2002 when Via Rail spent $350,000 ($466,900 in today's money) to make general improvements to railway service.[3] Ten passenger trains connect Brantford to the major economic hubs of Windsor, Sarnia, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa every day.[4]

Facilities

The station is wheelchair-accessible and is located near the junction of Market, Gray and West Streets. CN Gore Park is the closest park to the railway station, with the Carnegie Library and the Brethour House being other attractions within a reasonable distance of the station.[2] A self-service ticketing kiosk allows people to print out their own tickets.

The station building includes the Brantford Station Gallery, an art gallery & coffee shop featuring live music, which is open to travellers.[5]

Brantford Transit provides transit access to and from the railway station. Short-term and long-term automobile parking are available for a fee as of August 1, 2012; previously the parking had been free to use. Increased use of railway services has been the primary reason for this change in parking policy.

Future

GO Transit indicated in the "GO 2020" plan that peak hour train or bus service may be expanded to Brantford by the year 2020.[6]

References

  1. ^ Brown, Ron (2008-04-21). The Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore: An Illustrated History of Railway Stations in Canada. Dundurn. ISBN 9781770703193.
  2. ^ a b c Historicplaces.ca. "Brantford Railway Station's Colorful Past". Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Michael Swanson Art. "2002 Refurbishments to Brantford Railway Station". Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ Brantford Brant. "Daily railroad service to/from Brantford". Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ Brantford Station Gallery. "All about the Brantford Station Gallery". Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ GO Transit. "GO 2020" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2011.

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