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Who rode the GO train this morning and afternoon?

By shost at 2:58 pm on Monday, December 19, 2011

So, did any readers ride the train this morning or afternoon? How was the ride? Was it on time? How many passengers?

UPDATE: video from the first passenger carrying train: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD5a9duHcjo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVD_iLjm7Ko

And some writing from The Record: http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/641461–riding-the-rails-on-board-the-first-go-train

And the same from the Guelph Mercury: http://www.guelphmercury.com/news/local/article/641732–guelph-s-first-go-train-late-but-still-a-hit

Notice how the Guelph early train does not have a bus connection, and one rider took a taxi! Hola.. I hope these bugs get ironed out soon enough!

Add your comments below to discuss, thanks.

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Comment by yunella

December 19, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

Am on the train back to Kitchener now. It just departed which is about five mins late. The train is pretty full with many people standing.

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Comment by shost

December 19, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

I observed both GO and VIA trains this evening, and from my visual observations

a) The first GO train had about 50-60 people get off at Guelph Central station and had about an equal number of people stay on for Kitchener

b) the VIA train was busy as usual ex Guelph, don’t know how many got off though

c) The second GO train had about 20-30 people get off at Guelph and a similar amount left in the train for Kitchener.

Clearly the line is off to a decent start (100 people seem to be riding it each way per day). I had heard in the early 90′s it was as low as 20 people for the ride.

- Steve

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Comment by Steven Petric

December 19, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

My 6:14am train was only a few minutes late arriving into Guelph and departing, and arrived 5 minutes late into Toronto. The only bump was the waiting for signal into and out of Georgetown Station. The 5:45pm train was a smooth ride until Georgetown where we experienced a 10 minute delay waiting for a signal to go into Acton/Guelph and arrived 10 minutes late into Guelph. Train was pretty empty when we exited Guelph at 7:30pm with only about 15 people getting off. I suspect many took the 4:45pm train.

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Comment by John

December 19, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

It should be noted that some people are already off for Christmas vacation and that ridership my increase when the holiday period is over.

They also need get the Presto machines installed in Kitchener ASAP. They were not there on Saturday when I walked around the station.

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Comment by John

December 20, 2011 @ 12:18 am

Just etched the YouTube video and if you listen closely the CSA tells passengers that if they don’t have a ticket to buy one when they disembark. Can you not buy tickets in KW yet?

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Comment by John

December 20, 2011 @ 11:20 am

Found out from GO Transit Customer Service this morning that we won’t likely have Presto machines in Kitchener until the spring. I am starting to wonder whether GO is truly committed to this service. The schedule is poor, the platform infrastructure in Kitchener is poor, no free parking at the Kitchener GO station (we should not have to walk from King and Victoria), no Presto service when that is the stated direction for payment in the future. Come on GO, if you want people to use this service you need to make it easy for us. Other than when there is bad weather I am still not seeing a good reason to use this poor implemented service.

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Comment by Sean Sheppard

December 21, 2011 @ 8:52 am

I rode on the second train to Toronto and the first train back to Kitchener on Dec. 20. Heading to T.O, there were a couple of minor delays and the train arrived in T.O about 15 minutes late. On the way back, the 4:45 train arrived in Kitchener on time at about quarter to 7.

Over all, I agree with the folks who say we should have more service to and from Toronto on weekdays as well as on weekends. I would love to use it more often and may still occasionally do so when the mood strikes.
Still, the Milton routing (bus to Square One and switch bus to Union or bus to Milton and train to Union) is still a good option too.

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Comment by shost

December 21, 2011 @ 10:48 am

John, my understanding is they wanted the train to depart on-time and people were still lined up to buy a ticket, so they told them to just get in and buy the ticket at the terminating station.

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