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Guelph Mercury Editorial: GO Transit expansion plans to Guelph are good news all around

By shost at 11:08 am on Tuesday, August 11, 2009

From contributor David Graham comes this piece he wrote in the Guelph Mercury for their Editorial board:

http://news.guelphmercury.com/Opinions/EditorialOpinion/article/519472

Where he summarizes the good things proposed for the North Mainline. However, he clearly states the next problem will be Parking in Guelph. In my words, GO Transit is effectively downloading the issue of parking to the City of Guelph until a second station is built with enough parking spaces to meet commuter demand.  I also question how GO ticketholders will acquire parking in downtown Guelph, will it be for payment, or will there be an integrated ticketing/parking solution? (This issue will likely not be decided unless the GO service is approved).

One can look at Union Station as an example where no free parking is provided.. but how many others exist? Reader comments highly encouraged..

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Comment by David H

August 11, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

I can only think of Bloor, Danforth, Kennedy (TTC only), Exhibition, and Hamilton GO Centre. They aren’t really ‘suburban’ in that they don’t rely on cars. There are other options that work just as well. On the other hand, if the current Guelph Transit and GRT services carried all the anticipated GO passengers to the station, they’d be overwhelmed. Until Waterloo-Wellington transit services are altered so that they’re an option for any trip you might make within Guelph or Waterloo Region, parking lots are a necessary evil.

Union Station doesn’t really need parking; it’s the destination rather than the point of departure. If you’re going to Union Station, odds are you’re going to a destination that is accessible by foot or TTC. Not always applicable in the opposite direction.

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Comment by Tom West

August 12, 2009 @ 9:21 am

Here’s a radical idea: make sure local transit in Geulph enables people to easily get to the station! Then they don’t have to drive and park…

GO has co-fare agreements with many local transit operators, whereby those travelling to/from their local GO station pay a much cheaper price (70c is typical), with GO paying the difference to the operator. Hopefully the same will apply in Geulph.

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