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Guelph: Tunnel is coming soon, Parking parking and more parking, plus more articles and reaction

By shost at 10:30 am on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sorry to our Kitchener-Waterloo friends, please send us your news, but Guelph is going to dominate due to the sheer volume of projects on the GO downtown (ha ha ha, what a bad pun!)

Guelph residents recall the Pedestrian Tunnel that was recently closed, only months before the start of GO Service, as well as the very imposing fence that has gone up on both sides of the tracks. This has forced people to stop taking the unsafe shortcut over the tracks but to walk all the way around to get to the VIA Station. But the kiss and ride is currently under construction, and how will people get to the platform from the kiss ‘n ride? The good news is it appears GO is planning to build the new Tunnel sooner rather than Later — which Guelph commuters and VIA riders will be elated to hear. An exerpt from a recent (2010) plan is below:

And this article in the Mercury (written by a staffer, not an editorial) making the case to drive to Georgetown instead of getting a City Parking Pass (which ignores the fact you can get parking at lots further away from the Station for $35/month and the time it takes to drive to/from Georgetown)

http://www.guelphmercury.com/news/local/article/632248–commuter-train-not-as-cheap-as-you-think

And the Guelph Tribune gets in on the action:

http://www.guelphtribune.ca/news/go-trains-arrive-in-guelph-dec-19/

I’m glad to see the very issues we saw many years ago are being brought to the forefront by GO customers.

Stratford viewpoint (Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph (not mentioned) become more competitive due to GO Transit)

http://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3384665

London: Are we next? http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2011/11/25/19020256.html

Breslau ripe for Growth (You bet — all that farmland will soon be homes thanks to skyrocketing property prices in KW and the future Brealau station)

http://www.therecord.com/opinion/editorial/article/630253–breslau-is-ripe-for-growth

Note that there is also plans for a wal-mart and major shopping centre in Breslau which will also affect Guelph’s west shopping centre goals.

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Comment by Mark Dowling

December 1, 2011 @ 11:33 am

Has it become clear whether the two GO consists will be stored in Kitchener between arrival on Friday and departure on Monday? If they are being sent back to Willowbrook Yard on Friday and up from there on Sunday, it seems to me that there is a significant revenue generation opportunity there from people who spend the week in Waterloo (students) or who wish to spend the weekend in Toronto, *assuming GEXR allows these movements to occur at reasonable times*.

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Comment by shost

December 3, 2011 @ 11:21 am

It seems obvious to me they will stay for the weekend. Why go to all that expense to build a layover yard and not use it on weekends?

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Comment by Sean

December 6, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

Is it me or are they making a parking lot on the land beside the Armory?

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Comment by Mark Dowling

December 11, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

One thought that occurs is that 2 GO consists is probably about $50m+ of capital equipment. Parking it in an urban area for 48+hrs will probably cost a bit in security patrols? If they had gone ahead with the Baden yard they would be a less visible target of taggers, arsonists etc.

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