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Photo of first GO Test train November 26 2011, other articles and reaction to the news

By shost at 4:34 pm on Saturday, November 26, 2011

So, the first qualification/test run for the GO service to Kitchener began the day after the announcement. I managed to get a photo of the train as it headed back to Toronto from a test run to Kitchener in the early afternoon:

http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=1879

http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=1880

UPDATE: and Gord Spence sends these photos from Kitchener: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rev_aviator/6407407879/in/set-72157626669958078/

Some interesting reactions from GOKW readersĀ as well as editorials in other publications. Some people are frustrated by the schedule and lack of parking options, saying they will continue to drive to Milton for train or even sticking to the bus at Aberfoyle. As well, there is demand for reverse commuting from Toronto as this Globe and Mail editorial discusses:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/globe-to/torontonians-commuting-to-waterloo-frustrated-by-go-transits-new-rail-link/article2250390/

What’s your reaction? Do you plan to take the GO train?

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Comment by Gord

November 26, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

I’m going to be in Toronto from Kitchener 1-2 days per week starting in January, so this is working out pretty much perfectly. Unfortunately the GO schedule is a little less than ideal for my particular situation as I don’t really need to be there an hour in advance of my class at 9 AM. Hopefully GO will do what they’ve done in the past allowing GO tickets on VIA so that I won’t need to pay the exorbitant rates that VIA charges for the ride to Toronto…

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Comment by James

November 27, 2011 @ 9:25 am

Some interesting information from Guelph: http://www.guelphtribune.ca/news/go-trains-arrive-in-guelph-dec-19/

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Comment by James

November 30, 2011 @ 12:14 am

The Mercury has an article pretty much making the case against the GO. http://www.guelphmercury.com/news/local/article/632248–commuter-train-not-as-cheap-as-you-think

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