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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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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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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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