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GO Announces EA for Georgetown-Kitchener rail service expansion

By shost at 9:21 pm on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

An Environmental Assessment for GO Train expansion has been announced in the local newspapers, in the least, the Guelph Mercury, May 28 edition.

“The study will review potential sites for construction of new rail stations and layover facilities, and will also identify possible improvements to the existing rail line between Georgetown and Kitchener”

The announcement also invites public participation into the Environmental Assessment Process. Now, I don’t have the timing of the expansion of service in front of me, but I have a funny feeling the timing of this may have something to do with the Region of Waterloo’s accelerated approval of the Rapid Transit plans.

I also note that the Study Region is ONLY Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph. Breslau is not included. Earlier indications pointed to a layover facility in Breslau…

What happened? Did Waterloo region wake up, or did the province give them a nudge?

Either way, in my opinion, the fact they  are studying GO expansion to Waterloo Region, and furthermore, the coincidence the Rapid Transit system and GO Trains may arrive at the same time are very welcome news. It would be very hard to imagine a Rapid Transit system without some form of reliable inter-city rail service to Toronto…

- Steve Host

 

 

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Comment by cms

May 30, 2008 @ 7:53 am

Finally!

Perhaps the dreaded Kitchener Milton trip will finally be bearable after all! *Watches Milton whizz by on the 401 as he heads to Toronto first*

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Comment by Craig Bailey

June 3, 2008 @ 1:00 pm

Is Cambridge being “left out in the cold” again? An Environmental Assessment for GO Transit service to Cambridge should be undertaken at the same time as Kitchener’s study. There shouldn’t be any difficulty in providing this service to Cambridge from Milton, as CP rail already has a well maintained, and continually utilized track, in place.
This could be Waterloo Region’s first connection with GO Transit’s services, as the Kitchener-Guelph-Georgetown line would take much more time to create and also affect a greater area of environmentally protected land. The iExpress route connecting Waterloo with Cambridge created by Grand River Transit – which has become an extremely popular service – would provide the connection for all residents within the Region.
And this Cambridge-Milton line would provide a connection with different GO Stations than the Georgetown route does, and therefore create alternatives and better service. Hwy 401 would become less congested as the number of commuters to the Mississauga/GTA businesses would be reduced.
A “greener environment” is created with this expansion.
Our continually expanding Region needs this rail service as soon as possible. The quicker the better. Start with Cambridge – please!

Craig Bailey

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Comment by cms

August 5, 2008 @ 6:36 pm

I’d be fine with Cambridge :)

Any GO is better than no GO.

Confound the 8 hour trip to Milton.

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