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VIA Rail plans to add 6 afternoon trains on the North Mainline by 2011

By shost at 10:07 pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

GO published their final Environmental Assessment documents this week and within was some interesting information about VIA Rail’s planned improvements. After some heavy reading, the following was published in Appendix B:

VIA Rail plans to add six new trains to the North Mainline, London to Toronto via Kitchener and Guelph. Trains departing from London at 1155, 1505, 1755, and departing from Toronto at 1300, 1630, 1830. This plan would provide off-peak service during the afternoons, and seems to avoid GO “Rush Hour”.

Very interesting news, as if this comes to pass we stand to have 12 VIA Rail and 8 GO Transit departures and arrivals per day by 2011, more than double today’s passenger rail service.

- Steve

(Update: The link to the raw documents can be found here)

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Comment by Michael

July 23, 2009 @ 12:30 am

Ten trains a day in each direction is really good news — there will actually be a decent chance that taking the train will be feasible for a one-off trip. I think that come 2011, the demand will quickly precipitate more service, hopefully including late evening.

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Comment by David Graham

July 23, 2009 @ 8:26 am

Indeed, it more than triples existing service. This is excellent news. I’ll have to read the rest of the EA report when I get a few minutes.

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Comment by Tom West

July 23, 2009 @ 9:09 am

What chnace of integrated ticketing? On the one hand, GO has a good history of making suitable deals with municipal transit systems. On the other hand, I don’t think VIA have ever done so, or shown any interest in doing so.
Also, what about the price differential? I just checked VIA’s prices, and Kitchener-Toronto is $42 return. A similar distance trip (Oshawa-Burlington) is $28.50 return. That said, when I tried to find out VIA’s prices, a lot of trains were sold out, so there is obviously demand.
Finally, it syas VIA “plan” to introduce the extra trains… but how definate are those plans? Are they definate, dependent on GO’s servcies, a vague hope or merely an aspiration?

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Comment by Paul Langan

July 23, 2009 @ 12:55 pm

Now if I could only afford on a ticket………….

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Comment by Mary Pappert

July 23, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

The North Mainline has proved ridership, population, and public support for over 18 years – since the drastic cuts to our service. Why do we have to wait until some indefinite time in 2011 for increased service? In addition we need one very late train departing Toronto to connect with trains arriving from other east & west locations and to bring home residents enjoying dinner and entertainment in Toronto.

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Comment by Steven

July 23, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

The new VIA departures will likely use refurbished Budd RDCs.

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Comment by Tom West

August 5, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

Re: Steven
I hope not! Budd RDCs aren’t as safe as modern rolling stock.

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