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Improvements to Guelph commuter transit coming

By shost at 9:02 pm on Wednesday, April 25, 2007

As part of the reccomendations to improve the GO bus network (phase 1 of 2 of proposed improvement studies) additional service from the Univeristy of Guelph, to the Cooksville GO Station (Milton Line) will be added. This new service will run hourly via the new Park and Ride stations (adding to the use of the Cambridge improvements) via Square One. It is yet unknown if this will connect to Commuter train services on the Milton line, to allow alternate service to Toronto for Guelph residents. Guelph Transit is also provisioning new or additional service to U of G to connect to the new GO buses, which are expected to start by the fall of 2007.

Exact details and schedules of the above improvements are not yet known, and will probably be worked out by Summer.

As mentioned earlier, Phase 2 of the study is to reccomend rail improvements to the Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo region. The Guelph Tribune reports this study is not yet complete.

The Guelph newspapers also discussed provinces plan for transit needs over the next 25 years. While a new highway is mentioned (east to the 400), the article also states ”"A lot of people think we are a ministry of building highways,” he added. “Not necessarily. Times are changing and all kinds of options have to be considered.” ” (Guelph Mercury 4/24/2007)

(Sources: Guelph Mercury, Guelph Tribune, etc)


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Press Release: “Campaign for Increased Passenger Service on the North Main Line to Begin”

By shost at 10:57 pm on Sunday, April 15, 2007

Campaign for Increased Passenger Service on the North Main Line to Begin

For immediate release…April 16th, 2007

Transport 2000 Canada, is a national citizens’ advocacy group promoting the use of
public transit in Canada.

T2000 Canada is beginning its public campaign for increased passenger rail frequency
along the North Main Rail Line.(NML) This rail line runs from London through St.
Mary’s, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Georgetown, Brampton into Toronto.

The advocacy campaign will consist of 3 public meetings, a public email campaign and
meetings with selected politicians along the NML. The public meetings will be:

April 24, Stratford – 7pm – Kiwanis Community Centre;
April 25, Kitchener – 7pm – Transylvania Club;
April 26, 7:30pm – Guelph – Norfolk United Church.

“Climate change is the most significant issue facing us today. The studies have been
completed to show the opportunities for additional passenger rail service on the North
Main Line. It is time the government and VIA Rail to act to increase passenger service on
the line,” states Paul Langan, Transport 2000 Canada North Main Rail Line

For more information contact – Paul Langan, 519-654-0089, www.transport2000.ca

[Note: GOKW.org is not affiliated with Transport 2000, but this is exactly what we are lobbying for. Please attend if you have time, especially if you are a commuter looking for this kind of service. Your feedback would help them immensely. Also write your members of parliment, mayors, or councillors on the issue.]

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