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Metrolinx is now in the Bike Trail business.. in Kitchener

By shost at 7:51 pm on Friday, September 5, 2014

Shhhhhhh – don’t tell the folks in the North Bay/Cochrane parts of Ontario – while there isn’t enough money to fund train service to Cochrane – Metrolinx is investing $1.2 million on a bike trail to connect Uptown Waterloo with the Kitchener GO station, via  a bike path. That’s right, Metrolinx is investing in non rail, non bus transit.

Link to council documents – see page 26

$1.2 million approx 1/3rd the cost – rest shared with municipal and regional Government. Multi modal transport is great – but really? Metrolinx involvement in this? Personally I think this is reaching too far..  and should be a purely a municipal matter.

Surely Ontario Northland train service is more expensive than a bike trail – but if you want to make some people bitter at politicians – cancel a train (the Northlander – “we don’t have the money” – Ontario Government) and pay for a bike path in the big city? You’ve succeeded.

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Comment by Scott Ramsay

September 13, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

I guess one to think about this project is in comparison with the money that has been spent on massive parking structures at stations throughout the system. If this project gets more people on the train, and Metrolinx doesn’t have to build parking to accommodate them on prime downtown real estate, then it makes economic sense. This trail isn’t going to be subject to huge wear ad tear, so amortizing their investment out over 30 years, means they’re spending only $40k per year.

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Comment by shost

October 28, 2014 @ 9:53 am

How does it make economic sense Scott? If 10 people per day buy a GO train ticket after biking to the station (presumably down this pathway) – the cost per bike-passenger is $10 per passenger assuming year round GO service.

Does this avoid the need for parking? Doubtful – I think parking structures or lots are going to happen regardless.

It’s purely a political, environmental play – small change in the grand scheme of Metrolinx projects, but comparisons don’t justify expenditures, only hard numbers do.

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