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VIA Rail: Details of VIA’s capital budget released

By shost at 1:32 pm on Thursday, July 31, 2008

According to the August 2008 edition of Branchline Magazine (published by the Bytown Railway Society) who has revealed details of the proposed VIA Rail capital expenditures, where most of the money appears to be earmarked for the Guelph subdivision. Some highlights:

  • Georgetown-Guelph-Kitchener-London (Guelph sub) will recieve centralized traffic control (CTC) doubling VIA’s capacity on the line. As well, money will be used to refurbish stations along the route. VIA expects to save 20 minutes of time off journeys on this route when completed.
  • Windsor-London (Chatham sub) — CTC in the VIA owned portion, which is currently dark (no signalling) and new welded rail on about 10 miles of track
  • Ottawa (Brockville and Smiths Falls subs) will go from dark territory to CTC, and will add more passing sidings.

The above improvements are designed to improve capacity, increase operational safety, improve on-time performance, reduce travel time, and improve the ride quality (with new rails).

More information to come..

- Steve Host, Guelph

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To the GO Transit board: The “Old hide house” in Acton is for sale

By shost at 1:23 pm on Thursday, July 31, 2008

According to the KW Record, the Old Hide House is for sale in Acton. The Company wishes to sell the property if they are able to stay as a tenant.

Why would GO be interested in this? — this was the approximate location of the Acton GO Transit stop from 1990-1993 and has a relatively large parking area available for a station.

http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/391409

To the GO Transit board: Consider acquiring this property as part of your long term planning strategy for the Georgetown/Guelph/Kitchener corridor.

- Steve Host
Guelph, Ontario

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Waterloo region Rapid Transit funding announced | Guelph studying rapid transit (LRT/BRT)

By shost at 2:48 pm on Thursday, July 24, 2008

First, Waterloo region has announced they will recieve federal funding for their LRT project under a 6.2 billion dollar Canada-Ontario Building Infrastructure agreement. No specific amounts of ‘how much’ were noted.

http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/region.nsf/$All/F0BE686662A64F8285257490005723BE?OpenDocument

Secondly, Guelph council is studying LRT/BRT options for Guelph’s transit future:

http://www.guelphtribune.ca/news/article/136925

The Guelph Tribune article cites sources that GO trains could be running to Waterloo region by 2011/2012 and is a reason to re-evaluate the master transit plan.

- Steve

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March 31 2009: Expected release of EA for Guelph/KW Go Train service expansion

By shost at 1:14 pm on Monday, July 7, 2008

March 31 2009 — if the deadline holds true — we will have a better understanding of the requirements and feasibility of the expansion of service on the Georgetown line to Kitchener/Waterloo and Guelph.

GO Transit responded to my question regarding their expected completion date and this is what they have told me.

Back in in June, GO Transit and the Province announced a new streamlined EA Process to help fast track certain GO projects. The GO KW-Guelph train expansion EA is not under the fast tracked process yet — even if it was applied under the new process GO has gone ahead to say it would not push the date any earlier. March 31 2009 is already quite agressive as it is.

- Steve Host
Guelph

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