Ontario Begins Construction on Confederation GO Station
HAMILTON – The Ontario government is marking the start of construction on the Confederation GO station in Hamilton. The new station will help reduce gridlock and connect more people to jobs, housing and transit in one of the fastest growing regions in the province.
“Families, commuters and businesses throughout Hamilton and across the Greater Golden Horseshoe rely on the Lakeshore West line every day,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Building the new Confederation GO station will make it easier for Hamilton commuters to access transit and boost economic growth. Our government is getting it done and delivering the convenient transit options that people deserve.”
Confederation GO station will offer several key amenities, including an accessible island platform with canopies, pedestrian tunnel, 15-vehicle passenger pick-up and drop-off area and direct stair access from Centennial Parkway. Commuters will also have access to approximately 150 additional parking spaces.
“Better connecting regions throughout the province has been a priority for our government and with this expansion of transit services into the City of Hamilton, we are delivering,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Building Ontario through critical transit infrastructure projects, like Confederation GO station, is part of our plan to fight gridlock and reduce emissions, while connecting more people to jobs and housing.”
The new station will support a more integrated transit network for Hamilton, providing better connections to existing local transit and GO bus services, while facilitating future increased GO rail service opportunities to Toronto and Niagara Falls.
"Hamilton has seen significant growth as a destination to live, work, and play in, which requires more transit options to support residents and visitors alike,” said Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of Hamilton. “We are extremely pleased to see the Government of Ontario and Metrolinx prioritize the building of the Confederation GO station, which will better link East Hamilton, Stoney Creek and the entire Golden Horseshoe area with more choice and better access to and from our community."
GO rail will become one of the busiest railways in North America with over 200 million annual riders by 2055 – allowing seamless access to new subways, LRTs and municipal transit systems.
An estimated 122,500 people and 63,900 jobs will be located within 5 km of Confederation GO Station by 2041.
GO Bus route 12 connects Confederation with Burlington GO Station and Dundas Street & Highway 407 park and ride lot to the west, and Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls to the east.
The province continues to work alongside Canadian National Railway (CN) for access to the corridor west of Burlington GO station needed for further service expansion into Hamilton.
In July 2021, the Ontario government announced the introduction of hourly GO train service between West Harbour GO station in Hamilton and Union Station each day of the week.
The province also continues to work closely with the City of Hamilton and federal government to advance the Hamilton LRT – Ontario’s fifth priority transit project. The 14-kilometre LRT line will offer service from McMaster University to Eastgate Square and support economic and population growth across the region.
GO Transit offers weekend passes to riders looking to explore the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Riders can purchase a $10 weekend pass for unlimited travel on a Saturday, Sunday and holidays, or a $15 weekend pass for unlimited travel the full weekend including holidays.
"As more people continue to call Hamilton home, our government is taking action to ensure residents and commuters have access to fast and convenient GO rail services. A new GO station in Hamilton will make travel easier, create local jobs and give the economy the boost that it needs."
- Neil Lumsden MPP for Hamilton East–Stoney Creek
"Families and commuters throughout Hamilton rely on West Harbour GO station and the Lakeshore West line to get around every day. With the new Confederation GO Station now under construction, we are offering people even more choices to get to work, home and all the places that matter most, faster and more conveniently."
- Donna Skelly MPP for Flamborough–Glanbrook
"The new Confederation GO Station is part of Metrolinx’s GO Expansion program, which will bring us even closer to a more connected Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region. Building better connections to and from Hamilton is a top priority for Metrolinx – we’ve already increased GO train and bus services to this area, we’re building the Hamilton LRT, and we look forward to continuing to offer Hamilton new ways to move."
- Phil Verster President and CEO of Metrolinx