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Wellington County calls for better GO service

By shost at 10:23 am on Friday, January 28, 2011

From 570 news, this article stating that Wellington County is not happy with two trains per day and would prefer to see four

$18 million for two trains, yet Peterborough will get $300m for the same service.. hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

- Steve

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City of Guelph purchases VIA Station grounds / Transit terminal constructon to commence

By shost at 10:18 am on Friday, January 28, 2011

It would appear that the City of Guelph has finalized purchase of the Parking lot surrounding the VIA Station from CN for $1.5 Million, in order to proceed with the Transit Terminal construction.

Further, this article confirms that the City of Guelph purchased the VIA Station itself for $2 and plans to renovate it in 2011. This reader is wondering what steps may be taken to observe and/or preserve any historically significant architectural details that may exist seeing that the station was constructed in 1911 by the Grand Trunk railway.

The article is found here

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$300M spent on commuter transit to Peterborough? What about Orangeville, and Guelph Junction Railway?

By shost at 1:00 pm on Sunday, January 23, 2011

Conservative MP Del Maestro has apparently secured $300 million ($150M Federal, $150M Provincial) to upgrade the Peterborough rail line (currently NO passenger service of any kind) for commuter services, independent of GO:

(Note: these documents are intended for transit advocates, policy gurus, and councillor/administration type people and are very detailed, you have been warned!)

Progress report #1 (PDF)

Commuter rail report (PDF)

Ridership update (MS Powerpoint)

The fact Peterborough is going forward with Commuter trains is humbling — may show a shift to inagurate services to smaller communities that GO passes over due to lower ridership. This fact is not lost on the Town of Orangeville according to this editorial

Our Public Transit policy: it’s clearly off the rails

I would suggest the Credit Valley Explorer train be used for commuters to Brampton GO and Streetsville GO.

While GO Transit is coming to Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo — A couple details stick its thorny head out:

Peterborough is getting 20 TIMES (that’s a multiple of 20) more money than the KW/Guelph line is in 2011 to start services

Peterborough would be almost equivelent to inagurating GO train service on the Guelph Junction Railway to Toronto. This may not be a bad idea if policy shifts continue to adding more Train services - Guelph commuters would use the choice to get off on the Milton line such as in Milton, Mississauga, as the current GO Bus service provides.

Having said all of this — I’ll believe the Peterborough services when they happen. A sudden change in Government could kill these plans before they get off the ground..

Last update for the week is the news of a study for GO electrification on the Georgetown and Lakeshore lines. Technically, Guelph will be on the Georgetowne line and technical limitations may force electrification through our Territory, or not. This is many years down the road…

- Steve

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[Wellington] County wants GO and Via Rail to form ridership agreement

By shost at 9:06 pm on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/article/744730

Members of the county’s roads committee voted Tuesday to have Warden Chris White send a letter to transport minister Kathleen Wynne. A draft letter attached to the agenda expresses concern with GO’s plan to launch service through Guelph later this year with just two trains during morning peak times.

Such service “may be insufficient to fully develop the market potential for commuter transit,” the letter reads.

The county proposes GO could enter an agreement with Via Rail which would allow GO customers access to Via’s trains “to ensure the successful launch of GO Rail services in 2011.””

For more , hit the link at the top of this post.

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Toronto’s War on Transit: Which plan has the most winners?

By shost at 4:37 pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Of interest to our readers, click to see this interesting illustration of Rob Ford’s transit plans:

http://www.torontoenvironment.org/sites/tea/files/Transit%20Comparison%20Poster-1-.jpg

Here’s a Globe article that discusses this:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/inside-city-hall/the-tea-and-pembina-transit-reports-debunked/article1858803/

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