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GO: First GO Train to Barrie in 14 years on Sunday: What’s next?

By shost at 11:23 pm on Saturday, December 15, 2007

GO Transit is celebrating the first GO Train to Barrie in 14 years on Sunday. Free rides are available with refreshments to those who are in attendence. However, the Managing Director of GO has discussed what is next for GO train service.

It comes as no suprise that it was 14 years ago Barrie and Guelph lost their GO Service, but with Barrie’s returning, Guelph may not be that far behind:

The Toronto Star had this to say:

Transportation reporter

For the first time since 1993, Barrie commuters will be able to take the GO train to work Monday morning.

“It’s taken us 15 years to get back, but we’re coming back,” said GO managing director Gary McNeil yesterday. “It’s a logical extension that needs to happen.”"

Later in the article

When the NDP government cut GO’s operating budget in the early 1990s, Barrie service, along with that to Bolton and Guelph, was discontinued. Restoring the Barrie link is costing about $25 million, including upgrades to the track, a train layover and the new station facilities. GO expects to recover about 80 per cent of its operating costs on the line in two years.”

“The next logical extensions for GO train service would be to Lincolnville (near Uxbridge), Guelph, the Niagara Region and from Oshawa into Bowmanville, said McNeil.”

- Steve

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Hamilton to get All day GO Service?

By shost at 1:19 am on Thursday, December 13, 2007

Exclusive to GOKW.ORG: 

Even more news, buried in a November 23 2007 GTTA news release titled “GTTA Board announces $791.3 million in transit projects, including capacity for Yonge subway”

“Recommendations by the GTTA Board in this round of proposals include:
..    -   Investments in Hamilton’s James and King-Main transit corridors, and
        a new platform to accommodate future GO and VIA rail service to James
        Street North station.”
GOKW.ORG reporters spoke with GTTA representatives who happily added the following:

  • The project is the James Street North Station project (total estimated cost: $3.0 million)
  • In February 2007, Hamilton City Council endorsed this location, at the intersection of James Street and the CN track corridor, as preferred site for a new passenger train station.

  • It will Accommodate the future introduction of all-day GO Transit rail service between Hamilton and Toronto;

  • It will Create a northern inter-modal hub for the James/Upper James “A-Line” corridor, part of Hamilton’s proposed rapid transit system; and

  • It will Provide for the possibility of an integrated GO Transit-VIA Rail-Amtrak station and gateway to Niagara Region.

The project will consist of:

  • A new Station Platform, Parking, new track, and associated signalling improvements

GOKW.ORG editors note this is the area of the old CN Hamilton Station, now Liuna Station (Banquet Hall). The old Station is in excellent condition and it is unknown if any of this beautiful station is available for railway use. This station was last used by GO Transit in 1996, when the TH&B Station on Hunter St re-opened for downtown GO Service. It is expected the Hunter St Station will continue to be used, but is yet to be conclusively decided.



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More GO expansion news: Ontario Gov’t announces new funding for Toronto GO Service

By shost at 1:09 am on Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ont. to provide $100M for GO Transit improvements


The Ontario government will announce $100 million in immediate improvements to GO Transit in its fall financial update on Thursday, CTV News has learned.

Sources say the funding plan includes:

  • $60 million for 20 new bi-level passenger coaches to increase capacity on the busy Lakeshore line;
  • $9 million for 10 double-decker buses to improve service on the Highway 407-403 corridor and to York University; and
  • $20 million for new passing-track sections for GO’s Bradford and Stouffville corridors.

The cash injunction will also be used to provide all-day, two-way service between Toronto and Markham, and Toronto and Newmarket, CTV’s Paul Bliss reported.

News of the transit improvements came just a day after the province’s auditor general said delays and cancellations at GO are getting worse.

Auditor General Jim McCarter said in his annual report that the transit system has failed to plan for an increase in ridership, which is the result of population growth.

McCarter said he took the GO Train on Monday and suffered the problems firsthand.

“Myself and several hundred people stood on the platform for 40 minutes waiting for the GO Train,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “It is an issue. They’ve got some serious challenges that really need to be addressed.”

McCarter said trains are late an average of 13 minutes and are most commonly delayed by equipment failure.

The auditor general said some rail corridors are growing at 20 per cent.

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