Guelph Central Train Station renovation

About the project

The City is renovating the Guelph Central Train Station throughout 2016 and 2017.

The renovations will replace well-aged and worn out materials in the building while preserving its unique cultural heritage features, improve accessibility and energy efficiency, and accommodate the presence of all Guelph Central Station’s transit partners.

The renovation work will include:

  • improvements to the main entrance, including new steps and concrete wheelchair ramp
  • upgrades to the two public washrooms and an new accessible washroom
  • new ticket booths for Greyhound Canada and GO Transit
  • the addition of a small management office and lunchroom for Guelph Transit drivers
  • new access to the basement
  • upgrades to windows, south entrance doors and public seating area

The heritage features of the train station will be protected as directed by the City’s senior heritage planner.

For more information

Mario Petricevic, General Manager
Facilities Management
519-822-1260 extension 2668
mario.petricevic@guelph.ca

Timeline and cost

The estimated timeline for the Guelph Central Train Station renovation:

  • March 2016: a tender for the renovation will go out
  • April 2016: the contract for renovation will be awarded
  • May 2016: construction to begin
  • March 2017: construction complete

It is estimated the renovation work will happen in three phases and take 12 to 14 months to complete.

Phase one of our Guelph Central Transit Station renovation was completed in September 2016 and included:

  • New barrier free ramp located on the exterior of the building
  • Painting
  • Installation of LED (light emitting diode) light fixtures
  • New soffits
  • New counters, floor and wall tiles and wall panels for the waiting area
  • Wood panels and millwork (e.g. kitchen cabinets, doors, window casings, and baseboards) in the drivers lounge and supervisor area
  • Floor and wall tiles in the drivers washroom

Phase two of the renovation was completed at the end of January 2017. This phase included:

  • Completion of the waiting area
  • Construction of the new public washrooms
  • Construction of a new ticketing area for Greyhound Canada

Phase three was completed at the end of February 2017. This phase included a new concrete stair and porch under the covered area on the north side of the building.

Budget

The Council approved capital budget for the train station renovation project is $2.1 million.

Prior to 2016

The Guelph Central Train Station renovation work originally went to tender in October 2013. Seven bids were received, all of which were over the Council approved $925,000 budget for the project. Additional funding was approved by Council in December 2015 as part of the 2016 capital budget process, allowing the tender to be reissued in 2016.

Service impacts

Guelph Central Train Station will remain open to the public during construction. The construction work will be completed in phases to allow GO Transit, VIA Rail and Greyhound Canada to continue to operate out of the building during the renovations.

The Kiss and Ride drop-off area, south of the train tracks, will remain open during renovations.

Impact to Greyhound

Greyhound Canada has been operating out of Guelph Central Train Station since February 1, 2016. Greyhound will continue to operate out of the train station during renovations. Greyhound buses use Guelph Central Station bus platforms 10 and 11. Riders can purchase tickets at the Greyhound ticket booth and online at greyhound.ca.

Impact to GO Transit

GO Transit will continue to operate buses and trains out of Guelph Central Train Station during renovations. Riders will be able to purchase tickets at the GO Transit ticket booth at the train station and online at gotransit.com.

Impact to VIA Rail

VIA Rail will continue to operate trains out of Guelph Central Train Station during renovations. Riders will be able to purchase tickets at the VIA Rail ticket machine at the train station and online at viarail.ca.

Construction photos

View construction photos on flickr