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And more service for Sarnia..

By shost at 9:08 pm on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Re-instating (basically) the two trains each way per day – Believe this when it happens, but this time, going back to early 2000′s when one train ran the North mainline and one the South:

http://blackburnnews.com/sarnia/sarnia-news/2015/06/17/via-rail-expanding-service-for-sarnia/

No suprise, the GEXR’s 30 MPH slow orders from London to Stratford and Stratford to Kitchener do nothing to help on-time performance, or competitiveness with the southern route, which will be one full hour shorter.

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VIA proposes new train – Stratford to Toronto and return

By shost at 4:20 pm on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

From the Stratford Beacon Herald:

http://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/2015/06/16/via-rail-president-announces-plans-for-early-morning-train-between-stratford-and-toronto

Based on the information given here, this would depart 2 hours before 84, at 6:30 AM, 7;15 AM Kitchener, 7:50 AM Guelph.. running 30 minutes after the last GO Train

And on the return – running one hour ahead of VIA 87 and 30 minutes ahead of GO 209 (first westbound GO train).

Essentially gives Stratford residents an extra train and runs after the current Morning rush, and ┬áleads the evening rush back. It will be a popular train and VIA knows it. It’s just too bad it won’t run to London to connect to multimodal services at Windsor.

All of this is subject to negotiation with Metrolinx and GEXR/CN. Certainly when the CTC is put into service, VIA will want something to show for their efforts, so this should come to pass easily.

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