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Considering using GO Trains? detailed pricing, multiple trip discounts, parking, and comparison to VIA

By shost at 5:22 pm on Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Some pricing of single, multiple ride, and monthly passes on both GO and VIA (in case you were considering the more comfortable, and faster ride on VIA 86/87 instead). Also recall some of the options below have tax benefits/deductions:

                            Single   10-pack       Mnthly Pass      VIA supersaver        VIA 20 pak

Kitchener        $14.60      $135            $482                   $25.99                       $328.83

Guelph            $11.70      $108.25       $386                   $22.60                       $299.45

Parking: Guelph parking can be had at various parking lots, the least expensive lots are $35/month for a pass and most expensive $80/month.

Guelph parking details can be found here: http://guelph.ca/uploads/PDF/Parking/Bylaw036363.pdf

Transit: Guelph has yet to announce any integration measures (reduced transit fares, or parking) but this is in the works. Kitchener just announced theirs (see post below for details)

Clearly there are options to reduce your cost and time, which each person will analyze and choose based on their situation. Choose wisely :)

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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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Kitchener/Waterloo to build a transit hub like Guelphs

By shost at 8:01 pm on Thursday, November 25, 2010

This just in: Waterloo region has purchased land at Victoria and King St. for a new Transit hub, taking a page from Guelph to integrate GO Transit, VIA Rail, City Transit, and possibly Intercity Bus (Greyhound/GO/Coach Canada/etc).

http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/819869

The new transit hub is  also expected to service Rapid Transit (Light Rail) when it opens in future years.

I’m happy to see that Ken has got the message and transit integration with outside  Regions is finally deemed essential, Considering that the current Bus station is 3 KM away from the Railway line, bus customers who wish to take Trains are breathing a sigh of relief. =)

- Steve

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Dispute between VIA and GEXR stalls improvements

By shost at 11:08 am on Thursday, August 12, 2010

Quoted from the article:

“An ongoing dispute between VIA Rail Canada and Goderich-Exeter Railway (GEXR) over track usage fees has stalled long-sought infrastructure improvements that could see increased passenger service through St. Marys and Stratford”

..Currently, the number of trains passing through Stratford-St. Marys is not enough to meet demand during peak times, he adds.

“It’s frustrating,” says the mayor. “We’ve advocated for this, VIA agrees with us and they’re at the implementation stage, and we’re stalled.”

Full article here:

http://www.stratfordgazette.com/news/article/91340

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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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Guelph & GO parking debated — City adamant GO parking demand will be met, but exploring other options

By shost at 10:16 am on Friday, October 23, 2009

From the Guelph Mercury comes this City of Guelph debate on GO Parking (http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/article/551217)

What strikes me as odd about this debate is the lack of vision as to who’s responsibility parking actually is. If the City of Guelph foots the bill for parking, will GO users pay for parking? Would the City share revenue with GO ticket sales to pay for parking in City parking spaces? If GO transit was to build their own lot downtown, would they allow anyone to use their lot or only GO patrons?

These are some of the sticking points that may be debated by GO and the City (or a private parking operator). Despite Vanessa Thomas’s precedent on stations w/o parking (Union Station, Hamilton)  Guelph is very much a car oriented city and there will likely be ‘GrOwing pains’. One thing is for certain, if GO commuters are left paying for City parking downtown and demand for GO service increases rapidly, there will be a lot of unhappy GO commuters looking for a solution.

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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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Guelph Tribune discusses GO Parking issues

By shost at 12:03 pm on Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Guelph Tribune has dug into the parking issues facing the City of Guelph with regards to the proposed GO expansion. First, they discussed the ridership forecast and other details:

http://www.guelphtribune.ca/news/article/184674

Next they discuss the Parking issues:

http://www.guelphtribune.ca/news/article/184682

Of interest, they are noting that Guelph will have a direct bus connection from all points in the city, whereas in Kitchener, the distance from the bus terminal and the GO Station is considerable (2-4 KM).

Weigh your opinion by commenting on this post below..!

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Guelph Mercury Editorial: GO Transit expansion plans to Guelph are good news all around

By shost at 11:08 am on Tuesday, August 11, 2009

From contributor David Graham comes this piece he wrote in the Guelph Mercury for their Editorial board:

http://news.guelphmercury.com/Opinions/EditorialOpinion/article/519472

Where he summarizes the good things proposed for the North Mainline. However, he clearly states the next problem will be Parking in Guelph. In my words, GO Transit is effectively downloading the issue of parking to the City of Guelph until a second station is built with enough parking spaces to meet commuter demand.  I also question how GO ticketholders will acquire parking in downtown Guelph, will it be for payment, or will there be an integrated ticketing/parking solution? (This issue will likely not be decided unless the GO service is approved).

One can look at Union Station as an example where no free parking is provided.. but how many others exist? Reader comments highly encouraged..

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