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Guelph transit hub reaction and GO train impact discussed at City Hall Transit meeting

By shost at 11:19 am on Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The following Guelph Mercury article touches on the potential impact and changes that could be seen if and when Guelph moves it’s transit (bus) hub to the VIA Rail (Future GO) Station on Carden St.¬† There is a hotel located at this juncture and the owner has been the most vocal against plans for moving the transit hub

http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/Local/article/569233

In the article, the last interesting point is City of Guelph project manager Conrad Coutts mentioning that people will use Transit to get downtown to use GO Trains. How many readers of GOKW would use transit, or would drive requiring parking? Add a comment below to have your say.

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Comment by shost

December 2, 2009 @ 11:23 am

Regarding parking or transit, I am not sure what I would use, the choice would depend on if the Guelph transit ride is integrated into my GO fare or not. I also live close enough to the Station to walk (20 minutes) and a bus ride would only be a few minutes. Those on the outskirts of the City would certainly have a differing opinion.. thoughts?

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Comment by K

December 2, 2009 @ 12:48 pm

This is by far the most logical location for a hub. In the linked article, the arguments against placing the central station there simply boggle the mind! You WANT lots of buses there because lots of buses mean lots of PEOPLE, purchases, and vibrant interactions. And that’s what an attractive city is all about!

This will be good news for local business owners and for Guelph.

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Comment by Tom West

December 3, 2009 @ 11:25 am

re: Shost… GO has co-fare agreements with almost all the municipal agencies it links up with (TTC being the onyl exception I can think of), whereby you pay around 50-65c for rides connecting with GO Transit services.

K is right – I’ve never known a buisness say that want all those buses with potential customers to go away. (Now I think about it – the places where I spend money are precisely those I can walk to or have seen on the bus…)

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Comment by Trev

December 20, 2009 @ 3:13 pm

I would use transit as I am a university student equipped with a bus pass. This will definitely stay true for the thousands of other students that will use the GO service.

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Comment by Jane F

January 1, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

I’m in the South end, and would definitely consider taking GO transit to work in Waterloo when it finally is started. Steve and Tom noted the co-fare – this would definitely need to be in place for me, as it’s too far from where I am to walk, but the bus service is great to downtown from here.

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