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City of Guelph to recommend Downtown Go Train station

By shost at 3:49 pm on Friday, November 28, 2008

The City of Guelph is apparently recommending the choice of  a GO station to be downtown, of the three alternatives presented. According to the 59 Carden St Blog (Guelph Mercury) the City is also acknowledging the lack of parking downtown as a possible problem, to be alleviated by the new Wilson St. Parking Garage.

May I remind the City of Guelph staff, and Councilors that the City of Barrie filled a new 400 parking space GO Parking lot within TWO WEEKS of inaguration of their GO train service. Within the year, GO added a further 228 parking spaces to the lot and has a capacity for 628 cars in total. This, within a year of inaguration.

The Wilson Street parking garage is expected to have 395 parking spaces.. and if it fills up, how many years will it take to resolve the problem? Does downtown Guelph have capacity for 400-600 free parking spaces for GO commuters over the next 5  years – located downtown if that is the only station location?

Do not forget that a second station plan MUST be in the 3-5 year time frame if you want GO to remain a success. This station MUST have adequate park and ride capabilities. 600 spaces within 5 years, 1500 spaces within 10 years, and 2500-3000 parking spaces (a parking garage, similar to what you find at the Burlington GO Station) within a 15-20 year timeframe. Can downtown handle this, or will this plan be moved to the east or west ends of the City, or both?


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Comment by Fin

November 28, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

OR they could improve transit in Guelph, so that people don’t have to drive at all.

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Comment by jamesmallon

January 24, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

Quite right, but people outside of the 416 love their cars more than their children (many inside the 416, too).

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