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Has GO construction and parking affected VIA commuter trains?

By shost at 10:12 pm on Thursday, June 2, 2011

Observation: Since the Guelph VIA station is under construction for GO trains and the Carden St. Transit Terminal, and there is likely some construction in Kitchener, has this affected Trains 86/87 the current commuter option to Toronto? June 1 2011′s #87 only had four cars, where usually it’s five or six.. it would appear based on visual observations the number of riders could be down approx 20%!

Any commuters on VIA 86/87 care to elaborate or provide your own observations?

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Cambridge deserves GO Trains, says mayor & Waterloo LRT updates

By shost at 12:41 am on Friday, December 10, 2010

http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/826365

What do you think? I can’t see any stations between Milton and Cambridge for the start of future Cambridge service — at best Aberfoyle (South Guelph) park and ride in between.

Seems opposition to Light Rail in waterloo is building:

http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/827592

http://www.cambridgetimes.ca/news/local/article/914154–mayors-call-for-transit-changes

And some news on the ‘rally for rails’

http://swo.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20101205/lrt-rally-support-101205/20101205/?hub=SWOHome

Waterloo region would be smart to pursue the money Toronto is going to be leaving behind on the “war on transit”, 100% funding for the LRT in Waterloo would probbaly change a few Councillors minds..

- Steve

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VIA/GEXR Dispute: “Friends of the North Main Rail line” start petition to be sent to John Baird, minister of Transport.

By shost at 10:37 pm on Monday, May 3, 2010

This from Paul Langan:

“VIA Rail and Goderich Exeter Railway is currently having a dispute that is preventing the introduction of a total of 20 VIA Rail and GO Rail trains on the North Main Rail Line that runs from London through Stratford, Kitchener, Guelph, Georgetown, Brampton into Toronto.
The Friends of the North Main Rail Line, which I am a member of are asking Minister John Baird to intervene to resolve this issue. The petition is located at http://www.petitiononline.com/via2010/petition.html
please sign it, we do appreciate it.”
Spread the word, this may force VIA or GEXR to the table to resolve the dispute.. and improve commuter transit possibilities in our cities and regions.

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Is the GO expansion to Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo in progress? GO calls for tender for Kitchener layover facilities.

By shost at 9:50 pm on Wednesday, January 6, 2010

While residents of Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo and Acton await the decision (yes or no) regarding the westward GO Train expansion from Georgetown, GO is already calling for tenders regarding a temporary layover facility. The following was found on the GO Tender call section of their website.

http://steve.hostovsky.com/go_kitchener_quote.pdf

…. meanwhile the politicians have yet to make an official announcement. Thoughts? Thanks to Tom A/David G for the buzz.

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Full report on Cambridge to GTA rail passenger feasibility study

By shost at 8:52 pm on Wednesday, October 28, 2009

For those that don’t mind digging deeper, please find a link below to the following document:

“Cambridge to GTA Rail Passenger Feasibility Study”

Comment below as you see fit! The report link was sent to me by Vincent Greham of the Region of Waterloo. Thanks!

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GO bus service to Waterloo region starting October 31

By shost at 9:38 am on Friday, October 9, 2009

From the Government of Ontario, and with thanks to longtime reader and contributor Nick Alexandrou for the news link

“Starting on October 31, residents and commuters will be able to catch the GO Bus between Kitchener-Waterloo and Mississauga with stops in Cambridge, Milton and Aberfoyle.

Buses will run on weekdays to and from Mississauga’s Square One Mall with 11 eastbound trips and 12 westbound trips. Stops in Southwestern Ontario will include Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo and downtown Kitchener.

In addition, two trips in each direction will stop at the Milton GO Station to connect with peak-period GO Train service to and from Union Station. There will also be limited weekend service.”

More from news outlets:

http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/610603

http://www.570news.com/news/local/more.jsp?content=20091008_155559_7088

http://southwesternontario.ctv.ca/news.php?id=5940

Great news, GO is finally coming to Waterloo region 6 years after it was first announced. Kudos to Waterloo Region council for turning around and allowing more choice to the traveller.

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New airport rail link approved for the Georgetown Line

By shost at 9:20 am on Tuesday, October 6, 2009

In another win for the North Mainline, the Union Station to Pearson rail link has been approved for construction and will begin operation in 2015.

Link to globe article here

It is very possible that GO Train service from Kitchener and Guelph could connect to the Pearson rail link at a future Woodbine station, which gives the North Mainline an advantage for those travelling to the airport. For more information, see the Globe article above which contains an excellent illustration of  the proposed rail link. For convenience, the Globe and Mail image has been linked below (direct from the Globe site) but if it does not appear, you may need to visit the article directly.

Pearson Rail Link overview from the Globe and Mail website

Pearson Rail Link overview from the Globe and Mail website

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KW Record: New GO Service is on the right route

By shost at 10:46 am on Wednesday, August 5, 2009

With thanks to longtime reader/contributor Nick Alexandrou — who notified us of an editorial by the KW Record staff, an exerpt which summarizes the article:

“One point may be stated with certainty. The Toronto-Waterloo Region connection is only going to increase in the years ahead. There is a lot of work still to do on this proposal, but for any driver stuck in traffic on Highway 401, GO trains — even at the estimated costs — can’t come fast enough.”

And here is the link to the full article: http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/Editorials/article/580072

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VIA Rail plans to add 6 afternoon trains on the North Mainline by 2011

By shost at 10:07 pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

GO published their final Environmental Assessment documents this week and within was some interesting information about VIA Rail’s planned improvements. After some heavy reading, the following was published in Appendix B:

VIA Rail plans to add six new trains to the North Mainline, London to Toronto via Kitchener and Guelph. Trains departing from London at 1155, 1505, 1755, and departing from Toronto at 1300, 1630, 1830. This plan would provide off-peak service during the afternoons, and seems to avoid GO “Rush Hour”.

Very interesting news, as if this comes to pass we stand to have 12 VIA Rail and 8 GO Transit departures and arrivals per day by 2011, more than double today’s passenger rail service.

- Steve

(Update: The link to the raw documents can be found here)

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The case for westbound GO service to Waterloo region

By shost at 1:22 am on Friday, February 13, 2009

GO Transit has been built on the philosophy that people in and around the GTA Commute to downtown Toronto. This philosophy has hardly changed over the last 30 years, owing to the fact the majority of users are in fact commuting in this direction. However, times are changing. The notion that GO is considering westward trains seem to indicate a change. But we must see this through.

Waterloo region (and Guelph) are growing rapidly and independently of the GTA. Consider the Waterloo technology industry — employing tens of thousands of people, companies such as Research in Motion, OpenText, Descartes, ComDev, Intelligent Mechatronic Systems, Sandvine, amongst many others. As an employee of this industry, I must stress that the growth that is occuring in Waterloo as a result of this sectors success can only continue if we find the right talent to fill the thousands of available open positions. This often means we are forced to recruit talent from the Toronto area, where the capture rate of this talent is lowered due to commute distance and/or moving costs.

If Waterloo region and Guelph are to become a successful, independent growth engine of the Ontario economy,  we need to look outward to attract talent using transit. Let’s GO WEST and help our employers attract the talent they require.

- Steve Host

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