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TomW

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  1. TomW

    GO Transit

    Does anyone have any numbers on what the increase in off-peak ridership was when the Lakeshore lines went from 60-minute to 30-minute service?
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    GO Transit

    GO Transit's service area is regulated by the Metrolinx Act - or to be precise, by Regulations created by the Minister under poewrs granted by that act. The servcie area is currently defined at https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/090189. So, from a legal standpoint, the Minsiter would have to amend the Regulation (or create a new one)... but there's nothing stopping them from doing that. GO is also exempt from the permits required to operate transit service across municipal borders. (As is Ontario Northland, but not municipal transit agencies.) So, if GO wanted to operate buses down to Windsor, they'd need the minister to change the formal service area, and that's all. Proposals to extend GO's service area come up all the time, and sometimes they even happen! The last one (I think) was extending bus service to Peterborough (and Peterborough County). Service to Brantford (and Brant County) was announced recently, but hasn't yet started. (And the Regulation will need updating first...) Operationally, the main issue is distance from the garages - which results in lots of deadheading (potenitally) and slow responses to breakdowns.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    I was wondering why bi-levels weren't allowed on that track, until I saw the 'hood' above the platform... anyone know when/why that was installed/removed?
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    GO Transit

    They mention the stop ennuciators like they are a nice-to-have, rather than a legal requiement!
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    GO Transit

    I have to ask... why are there handles beside the upper front window?
  6. TomW

    GO Transit

    Yup, you can be pretty certain it will Concord has always been something Vaughan and York have wanted, but Metrolinx has yet to do an EA...
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    GO Transit

    A bunch of new stations got announced - see http://www.metrolinx.com/en/docs/pdf/board_agenda/20160628/20160628_BoardMtg_Appendix_2_Stations_EN.pdf for details (and they got announced in three seperate batches on Ontario's news service...) Unilver/Donlands area (LSE and Stouffville lines) Gerrard (LSE and Stouffville lines) at Carlaw St, which would connect to a downtown relief line. Lawrence East (Stouffville line) , mid-way between Kennedy and Agincourt, which replaces the SRT station lost because of the Scarborough subway extension Finch East (Stouffville line), mid-way between Agincourt and Milliken Bloor & Lansdowne (Barrie line), which provides connections to the B-D subway, and provides a sort-of connection to the existing Bloor GO station on the Kitchener line Spadina & Front (potentially LSW, Milton, Kitchener and Barrie lines and UP Express) – aka “Union station west relief” Liberty Village (potentially Milton, Kitchener and Barrie lines and UP Express), about 500m north of Exhibition station on LSW line. St. Clair West & Keele (Kitchener line / UP Express), which provides connections to St Clair streetcar, and fills a large between Bloor and Weston GO stations. Kirby (Barrie line) at Keele St north of Teston (I think) in Vaughan, which seems an odd choice to me Mulock (Barrie line) on Mulock Dr in Newmarket Innisil (Barrie line) - exact location TBC Breslau (Kitchener line), location presumbly as per EA at Greenhouse Rd south of Hwy 7. The LSE extension (confirmed to open 2020) brings four more: Thonton's Corners, at Thorton & (extended) Consumers, Oshawa Oshawa central, between Simcoe and Ritson and south of Olive, Oshawa Courtice, at Courtice & Baseline, Clarington Bowmanville, at King & Martin, Clarington The Richmond Hill line has one under construction and one more planned: Gormley (under construction, opening 2016) at Stoufville & Leslie, Richmond hill Blommington, at Bloomington & Leslie, Richmond Hill Announced before: Caledonia (Barrie line), at Eglinton Ave, with connection to the Crosstown LRT Confederation (LSW), at Confderation Pkwy near the QEW, in Hamilton (construction 2017, opening 2019) Downsview Park (Barrie line), with connections to the subway, and replacing York University station whenever the subway extension opens. ... which by my count makes TWENTY-ONE new stations, taking GO from 63 to 83 (because York University will close)
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    GO Transit

    Schedule changes.... looks like the peak Lakeshore schedules have been completely re-worked, with things much more regularly spaced (particularly express trains). Weirdly, the inbound route 90 in the AM now connects with all-stops trains rather than express (!).
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    GO Transit

    GO Bus service coming to Brantford: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2016/04/ontario-expanding-go-bus-service-to-brantford.html Route map: Given its location, it will presumably be route 17 (unless it's considered an extenstion of route 15 to McMaster).
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    GO Transit

    What headways does that allow for? I know the section north of Newmarket is planned for 30-minute peak service. 10 mile sections should (easily) allow that, but I'm wondering what the limit is here.
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    Durham Region Transit

    Oshawa isn't getting simple direct routes :-( Most of that stems from a refusal to extend Pulse further east, which would allow a grid of complementary north-south routes, instead of having to gerrymander everything to serve downtown and/or the Oshawa Centre directly.
  12. TomW

    GO Transit

    I'm trying to get historic ridership by line for GO Train service... can anyone suggest a source?
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    Durham Region Transit

    It's not DRT thjat's the limiting factor - it's funding from Council. Most of the off-peak service improvements could happen in the next 1-2 years - the timeline is dictated by the need to train more drivers. Any of the peak service improvements could within 3 years, providing garage space is available for the extra vehicles. So: email your Regional Councillor(s) asking for more funding! (Don't think your email will be unnoticed - they get fewer emails from the public than you might think)
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    GO Transit

    Barrie line is being electrified all the way to Allandale Waterfront; the electrification EA includes the Stouffville line all the way to Lincolnville. The Kitchener line is only to Bramalea, despite all-day servvice being to Mt Pleasent. --------- Headline: "Letting Via riders transfer to UPX trains at Weston 'not feasible'" - www.thestar.com/news/gta/transportation/2016/02/04/letting-via-riders-transfer-to-upx-trains-at-weston-not-feasible.html Leaving aside the issues raised in the article, it implies VIA has to ask permission to stop at GO stations...
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    Union Pearson Express

    Headline: "Letting Via riders transfer to UPX trains at Weston 'not feasible'" - www.thestar.com/news/gta/transportation/2016/02/04/letting-via-riders-transfer-to-upx-trains-at-weston-not-feasible.html The issue seems to be fitting in GO, UPEx, and Via onto three tracks, and current timetables would result in (sometimes) four trains wanting to stop simultaneously. Given that it all works now, the fourth train must be a VIA one... so why not tweak VIA's schedule by a minute or two to remove the problem?
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