Guelph Central Station (also known as Guelph Central GO Station) is the main inter-modal transportation terminal in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. It is used by VIA Rail and GO Transit trains, as well as Guelph Transit local buses, GO Transit regional buses and Greyhound intercity buses.
It is located at 79 Carden Street and includes the historic Guelph Railway Station, as well as the site of the former Guelph Bus Terminal.
The name "Guelph Central" was chosen with input from the community and the transit service providers using the new station.
Built in 1911, the Guelph railway station is a classic example of early 20th Century Canadian railway station design and has been designated as a heritage structure per the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act. As of October 2012, VIA Rail no longer staffs the station. The facility is wheelchair-accessible.
The station was formerly served by the International Limited, a train service between Chicago and Toronto operated jointly by Via Rail and Amtrak. The service operated from 1982 to 2004.
The Intermodal Transit Terminal was first proposed in 2002 to consolidate intercity bus, local bus and railway services into one facility. At the time, the downtown terminal for Guelph Transit was three blocks away at St. George's Square. A feasibility study was initiated in 2004, and Guelph City Council endorsed the Carden Street location and the concept design that same year. The project received federal and provincial infrastructure stimulus funding in 2009, and detailed design and stakeholder consultations were conducted. Construction began in April 2010.
The station opened to the public on May 13, 2012. The project was projected to cost $8 million, of which $5.3 million was from the Provincial and Federal Infrastructure Stimulus Funds.
The opening of the bus portion of the station was delayed from October 2011 to May 2012 to allow time for the renovations of the railway station building to be completed.
On January 1, 2012, all the Guelph Transit routes were changed. While it was originally planned to have the new bus routes meeting at the new station on the same date, this change was delayed until May 6, 2012.
Via Rail operates two daily trains in each direction on the Sarnia - London - Toronto line, one of which operates only between London and Toronto.GO Train service on the Kitchener line to Toronto Union Station weekday peak direction only.
Bus service to York Mills Bus Terminal & Union Station Bus Terminal (GO Bus routes 31 and 33).
Bus service to Cooksville via Aberfoyle park & ride and Square One (GO Bus route 29)
The current GO Train service through Guelph Station began on December 19, 2011, when two daily trains in each direction on the then Georgetown line were extended to Kitchener. $18 million was spent to get this first stage operational, with further upgrades planned.
Guelph was also served by GO Transit trains between 1990 and 1993, when it served as the terminus of the then Georgetown line. Provincial cutbacks in 1993 caused GO Transit to cut back service to Georgetown.
Greyhound buses use platform 10 for westbound trips and platform 11 for eastbound trips.Toronto Quicklink
Kitchener / London (local service)
Guelph Central Station provides an exchange with both local and regional bus services. Bays 1-20 are located on an island bus platform, while bays 21 and 22 are located on the south side of Macdonell Street, immediately adjacent to the island platform. Bus platform allocation are as follows: