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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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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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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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GO Transit supportive of Region of Waterloo study — more news links

By shost at 11:17 am on Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It would appear this study, undertaken by the Region of Waterloo to  lobby for improved commuter service to the southern portions of Waterloo region has been undertaken with the support of GO transit.  More information can be found at the KW Record: http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/609039

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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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GO Train to Cambridge studied by the Region of Waterloo, $110 million estimated

By shost at 11:45 pm on Sunday, October 4, 2009

From the KW Record:

http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/607811

Looks like the Region of Waterloo is getting serious to lobby for improved transit connections. This is great news.

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Greyhound users: Kitchener ticket sales moving to Sportsworld..

By shost at 11:05 am on Tuesday, June 17, 2008

To all users of Greyhound commuter service — a  notice from Greyhound stating

NEW KITCHENER LOCATION: The new Kitchener ticket sales location will be at SportsWorld, with service beginning June 15, ticket sales start July 21st.

Downtown pick up and drop-off will continue at Charles St. Terminal

Effective July 21, tickets can no longer be purchased at Charles St. Terminal only at the new SportsWorld location.

You may board the bus downtown Kitchener and purchase your ticket at SportsWorld

[editors note -- what is the impact of this for Guelph highway 7 commuters who don't want to go to Sportsworld to get tickets?]

Thanks to Aidan Kelley for supplying the information for this post..

- Steve

 

 

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