increased safety, capacity for reverse commuting, and more VIA trains coming by 2013 with Federal support for CTC track signalling and improvements
It would appear, according to this slide from the VIA Board of Directors, dated June 14 2011 a major investment in track capacity and track improvements is coming. The major investment will be CTC signalling, plus high speed, automated switches, improved sidings, and road crossing protection (such as bells, gates, and warning devices)
This would , in the least provide
- Safer tracks (Avoid near miss accidents such as this which occured in 2006 in New Hamburg west of Kitchener)
- Increased capacity for bi-directional train movements (including reverse commuting)
- And VIA will add two or three trains per direction per day to the line once this is completed (Schedule TBD)
And all of this was planned in the EA for GO Transit expansion, but the news is it appears to be funded. Announcements or confirmation of this is forthcoming, stay tuned.