Steady summer construction marks a growing list of milestones reached for Cooksville GO this month. Customers can now enjoy the comfort and convenience of a new east pavilion and a completed east platform – perfect timing as cool fall weather approaches.
It’s big news for south Mississauga transit riders.
The major facelift on Cooksville GO Station, one of Mississauga’s busiest transit hubs, is nearly finished.
Starting this week, the station – now substantially complete – offers customers a new east pavilion and east platform.
In case you aren’t a construction expert, substantial completion is the stage when a construction project is deemed sufficiently completed to the point where all the major infrastructure can be opened for customer use. However, construction crews will remain on site to wrap up final touches.
The east pavilion, located a couple hundred metres from the GO station building, provides more amenities for customers – a waiting area, indoor secure bike shelter, and outdoor bike shelter. The large glass windowpanes provide natural interior light and a convenient view of the passenger pick-up and drop-off (PPUDO) at the station.
Inside, customers will have direct access to the newly opened east tunnel. East tunnel access is also available from the GO station building which opened last fall.
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.
GO Transit officials say customer should try to use all available doors to board and listen for station announcements. For the latest updates on construction at Cooksville GO, head to the GO Transit project page.
Platform upgrades include new canopied shelters, safety markers and a snowmelt system, all with the intent to increase rider comfort and accessibility.
Customers looking to use a fare vending machine will need to go into the main station building, west tunnel, pedestrian bridge, or the bus loop. Fare vending machines will be installed in the newly opened east pavilion and on the east side of the platform later next month.
Following a partial opening in September 2019, all six levels of the parking garage are now fully open to customers, providing more than 1,800 new spots. This brings the total number of parking spots at the station to more than 2,500. Click here for more info on the station amenities.
The pedestrian bridge, accessible from the fourth floor of the parking garage and central to the new station design, welcomed foot traffic earlier this month. 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.
Cooksville GO Station improvements have been underway since 2017.
Total completion is expected by the end of 2020, making it easier and more convenient for customers to access the station and GO services at Cooksville. In the future, this transit hub will also include connections to the Hurontario LRT, with an estimated completion in fall 2024.
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Story by Teresa Ko, Metrolinx communications senior advisor
*Editor’s note: the story was changed on Sept 23rd to reflect an update on the way customers can board trains on the new east platform and the location of fare vending machines*