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KW: GO Transit learning to communicate / Waterloo Region transit options multiply

By shost at 11:42 pm on Monday, February 14, 2011

An Article by Jeff Outhit on GO’s growing up pains


Did GO have enough time to react to do this properly, though? Seriously, how quickly was the decision made to bring service by end of 2011? GO probably didn’t make that decision.. regardless the need to communicate with Stakeholders is paramount…

And more from Waterloo region: the new options for Transit almost all include Rapid Rail transit.


This is priceless for Light Rail backers:

“Planners have included a roads-only option for comparison. It suggests taxpayers would have to spend an extra $500 million to expand roads if no rapid transit system is built. Taxes would rise by $150 over six years.”

Hello…. Waterloo Region: If you do not build a rail transit option, you will run out of roads and be forced to demolish/expropriate more land to build highways. If you want to be a world class city, you need rapid transit, and rapid transit (even Subways) run on Rails. It’s funny how complacent we have become since our Rail Transit systems dissapeared in the 1950′s..

If you want to learn firsthand about these transit systems (Kitchener/Waterloo/Bridgeport had streetcars,  Waterloo to Galt and beyond had rail transit) read the book by John Mills, “Ontario’s Grand River Valley Electric Railways” — every Rapid Transit follower in Waterloo region should read this book.


- Steve

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Sir Adam Beck, the Radial Railways of the past, and GO Transit: by Steve Thorning/Wellington Advertiser

By shost at 12:59 pm on Monday, February 7, 2011

This article by historian and writer Steve Thorning, of the Wellington Advertiser compares Sir Adam Beck’s ambitious Radial Railway scheme to today’s GO Transit.

“Ever since the last car on the Guelph Suburban line ran in 1931, there have been occasional voices raised in favour of frequent electric rail service among the larger towns and cities of southern Ontario.

The recent announcements by GO Transit are the first solid steps made in that direction. Initially at least, the service will be geared for rush hour service.

Advocates of transit hope for a switch to electric power at an early date, and the setting up of feeder routes by bus from outlying areas.

Adam Beck, in the end, may prove not to have been wrong, but merely a century too early with his plans”

Well done, Steve, and I personally agree. But it may be a bit more than a century later unfortunately, the primary reason Electric railways did not succeed was the availability of cheap oil to power motor cars, which has been cheap until only recently, of course, this is just my opinion..

Thoughts?  Comment away below.

- Steve

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Guelph VIA Station and Neeve St Tunnel/Pedestrian Access to close in 1-2 months

By shost at 9:58 pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Some welcome (for some) and not so welcome ( for current commuters) changes to the lay of the land downtown in Guelph:

a) CN and the City have agreed to fence the area surrounding the tracks around Neeve St, which is a popular, but technically illegal crossing of the Railway corridor.

b) But there is the pedestrian underpass at Neeve St.. right? Not for much longer — this will also be closed, and filled in, forcing pedestrians to walk the long way around at Woolwich or Wyndham St. It also appears all of this will be completed within a month or tw.

While I welcome this news from safety perspective (this reduces risk of injury or fatalities that have so often occured in Guelph due to illegal tresspassing on live railway tracks) commuters and pesdestrians have to wait a few months or years until GO completes their proposed tunnel from the Kiss ‘n Ride to the new GO Station. Note that GO will pay for 100% of the new tunnel once constructed.

The real question for those affected by this is — when will GO build the Kiss ‘n ride, and the new tunnel? Is any of this part of the $18m Guelph/Kitchener GO expansion for later this year?

For more from the Guelph Tribune, visit this link

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