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Holiday news roundup: Guelph to integrate Transit fare / Kitchener / Barrie / Hamilton news bits

By shost at 5:06 pm on Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It would seem GO Transit is working with the City of Guelph to discount bus fares for its ticket holders — details of which are not yet known, but this is a welcome step towards fare integration with Guelph Transit and GO.

http://www.guelphtribune.ca/news/article/226584

Layover facility concerns in Kitchener were heard, and if you could not attend you can still send in your comments:

http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/302512–concerns-heard-at-go-transit-open-house

Some news/progress in Barrie — something we might look forward to in our Region if GO service is popular:

New Station construction:

http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2908832

Barrie as a GO train tourism destination:

http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2902213

And musings from Stoney Creek/Hamilton:

http://www.stoneycreeknews.com/news/article/226680

I am troubled by the choice of station in Stoney Creek/Hamilton — Centennial is not the easiest street to traverse during rush hour, and Fifty Road/Fruitland would be an easier alternative for many. Why not have both? Surely James Street North is also still on the table..?

- Steve

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Cambridge deserves GO Trains, says mayor & Waterloo LRT updates

By shost at 12:41 am on Friday, December 10, 2010

http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/826365

What do you think? I can’t see any stations between Milton and Cambridge for the start of future Cambridge service — at best Aberfoyle (South Guelph) park and ride in between.

Seems opposition to Light Rail in waterloo is building:

http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/827592

http://www.cambridgetimes.ca/news/local/article/914154–mayors-call-for-transit-changes

And some news on the ‘rally for rails’

http://swo.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20101205/lrt-rally-support-101205/20101205/?hub=SWOHome

Waterloo region would be smart to pursue the money Toronto is going to be leaving behind on the “war on transit”, 100% funding for the LRT in Waterloo would probbaly change a few Councillors minds..

- Steve

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Toronto declares the “War on the car” over?

By shost at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hey, Rob Ford, you are declaring the “war on the car” over in Toronto.

Are you going to extend highway 400 to the Gardiner? Build additional highways and add lanes? Where will everyone park?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/rob-ford-vows-to-freeze-toronto-property-taxes-next-year/article1820783/

More importantly and as an example – to add HOV lanes to the QEW in Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga, the project cost something like $250 million. I guarantee the cost of adding ‘car capacity’ to additional highways in the GTA will be an order of magnitude greater than the proposed Transit projects.

Where will this money come from? And Mr. Ford plans to cut taxes… .. which is the money needed to build more Subways, and Highway capacity. I’m all for Subways, but they cost more than highways to construct..

Data here: http://lrt.daxack.ca/LRTvsHRT/CostCompare.html

- Steve

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