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GO reaffirms Kitchener line to get a new station at Acton in Halton Hills

By shost at 1:10 pm on Thursday, July 26, 2012

Metrolinx fulfills its commitment to bring GO Trains to Acton

TORONTO, July 26, 2012 /CNW/ – Metrolinx is moving forward on its plans for a new Acton GO Station.

With a land lease agreement with the Town of Halton Hills, Metrolinx is beginning construction of a new GO station in Acton this month, with construction to continue into 2013.

“We are pleased to bring GO rail service to Acton and provide additional options for travellers in this very busy corridor,” said Gary McNeil, GO Transit President. “With the addition of this new station, we are making it easier for residents to choose to leave their cars at home and use GO Transit.”

The additional stop along the Kitchener line (formerly GO’s Georgetown line) also helps to meet the demand for expanded and more frequent service in the region. This new stop provides a connection between Acton and downtownToronto, but also supports commuters travelling between Acton and the Georgetown and Brampton areas.

“Investing in a new GO station for Acton will mean better access to public transit and increased services for commuters,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The McGuinty government has continually supported public transit to help take cars off the road, keep our air clean and contribute to a better quality of life for Ontario families.”

Acton GO Station will be served by two morning and two evening trips on GO’s Kitchener line. Schedules will be available at gotransit.com later this year. Fifty parking spaces will be provided with the opening of the station, with an additional 60 spaces to be added after service begins. In total, GO expects to be able to provide approximately 110 parking spaces for GO customers.

“This is great news for Acton and area residents,” said Town of Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette. “The addition of this service in our area gives commuters and students in our area a public transit choice for traveling to work or school. We are very excited for the restoration of train service to Acton after an absence of nearly 20 years.”

The new station will provide an enjoyable and comfortable travel experience through its design, which will include platform lighting, CCTV and public announcement system, an accessible mini platform, designated waiting areas and two heated platform shelters.

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National passenger rail under attack: It’s not over yet, folks

By shost at 3:48 pm on Monday, July 23, 2012

By now many have read and heard of VIA Rail cuts, to  Southwestern Ontario, Niagara, and Halifax/Vancouver services. Nothing has been spared and nothing is really safe, except VIA’s precious core services, the Montreal to Windsor corridor.

What’s behind the cuts? Harper Government cuts to VIA operational funding. This pays for employees (at head office and at stations, and train staff)  and the costs for running trains. This does NOT affect capital spending, such as new stations, track improvements, new or refurbished equipment, etc.

The cuts you have seen are just the beginning, $6.5 million in savings were ordered to be saved for 2012, $15 million next year, and a further $19 million in 2014. (Source: http://www.nupge.ca/content/5134/rail-service-across-country-axed ) You also won’t see cuts, in the short term, to what VIA runs as essential services – these are remote services trains, such as the Sudbury-White River train, which are often run in conjunction with local first nations. The political firestorm over cancelling these services would be devastating to the current Government. 

As a result, don’t be suprised if more cuts occur and if they are devastating to local passenger rail. Southwestern Ontario has the most to lose, and some communities, notably Sarnia, Wyoming and Strathroy are in danger of losing all passenger rail service despite the fact hundreds of people a day use their current trains. It won’t matter when VIA doesn’t have the money to run trains.

Don’t like what you are seeing/hearing? The time to take action is now: Write your MP/MPP, join local coaliations (Sarnia’s Mike Bradley is organizing one in conjunction with other concerned Mayors) and remember this come the next election. This is a political game and only politics will change the fate of passenger rail in this country.

While other countries are taking steps forward, our Country, and even our Province (Ontario Northland as an example) are taking steps backward. Hold on to your seats, this ride has plenty of bumps left.

- Steve

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