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Commuter and travel alert: G20 to impact VIA/GO in Toronto June 24-27, 2010, plan ahead!

By shost at 10:32 pm on Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wow: So the G20 is effectively going to cancel ALL VIA train service and frustrate passengers looking for connections in Toronto Why? Because we only have one hub for rail travel, and it’s Toronto.

Is there a better illustration of why we need multiple hubs (like we had in the 1950′s) than this? VIA Rail has this to say:

All VIA trains between Toronto and Sarnia via Kitchener and  London (“north main line”) and points enroute will originate/terminate  in Brampton. The VIA/GO Transit station is located at 31 Church St.  West, Brampton.

All VIA trains between Toronto and Niagara Falls, Windsor,  London and points enroute will originate/terminate in Oakville. The  VIA/GO Transit station is located at 200 Cross Ave., Oakville.

All VIA trains between Toronto and Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal,  Halifax, Gaspé and points enroute will originate/terminate in Oshawa.  The VIA/GO Transit station is located at 915 Bloor St. West, Oshawa.

I can translate this: Toronto is closed for business between June 24-27, and good luck if you plan to travel by train.

However, GO Transit will operate into Union, and VIA ticketholders will be allowed to transfer for free, to GO services. As well, VIA will provide shuttle services to those making connections. For example, someone travelling from Guelph to Montreal will be taxi’ed from Brampton to Oshawa (at VIA’s discretion of course)

VIA Rail also plans to operate weekend schedules for these dates.

.. Amazing!

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