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Since the GO Train "rail expansion" has been underway for awhile now at King & Victoria, I thought this might be some interesting reading. There are some good links in it to showing further detail. (The "links" follow, right at the bottom.) (This may be "old news" to some on here)

Train Storage Tracks, City of Kitchener

On November 12, 2010, Minister of Transportation, Kathleen Wynne announced inaugural GO Train service for Guelph and the Kitchener-Waterloo Region for the end of 2011.

The Province of Ontario is investing $18 million dollars in this project, which will include a train storage facility in Kitchener and three new GO Train stations.

Improvements:

Extended service for the Georgetown corridor from Georgetown to Kitchener-Waterloo

A train storage facility in Kitchener will get service to the community sooner and help build ridership

Inaugural service will have new stations in Acton, Guelph, and Kitchener

Project description: To provide inaugural GO Train service to Guelph and the Kitchener-Waterloo areas by the end of 2011, we need to store two trains in Kitchener. Without suitable train storage tracks, GO Train service would not be available by the end of next year, and could take many years to implement due to its operating and construction costs.

Location: City of Kitchener, north of Victoria Street South, between Park Street and King Street West

Current Status:

On December 16, 2010, we held an Informational Open House in the City of Kitchener about the train storage tracks.

The session was well attended and the community’s interest documented. As a result, we have put together a report following the open house titled, “Kitchener Train Storage Tracks: Environmental Status Statement.” This report talks about the completed Georgetown to Kitchener Environmental Assessment, the inaugural service scenario, the train storage tracks, and GO Train storage facility operations. It goes into further detail about the environmental background of the project and explains the noise and air quality studies that were completed as part of the environmental impact evaluation. The appendix includes the comment sheets received from the open house and GO Transit’s responses.

Although the addition of the train storage tracks falls under a category within the GO Transit Class EA document which does not require a formal Environmental Assessment document, we have prepared the Environmental Status Statement to provide more information to our stakeholders about this project.

Past Public Notices:

Informational Open House

Noise Study:

Noise Study – October 21, 2010

Information Boards:

Train Storage Tracks, City of Kitchener (December 16, 2010)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Train Storage Tracks, City of Kitchener

For more information:

Environmental Study Report (August 2009)

Public contact information:

Greg Ashbee

Manager, Infrastructure Environmental Assessment

GO Transit

416-869-3600 ext. 5211

greg.ashbee@gotransit.com

Kitchener Train Storage Tracks Environmental Status Statement

90 pages. (Huge File!)

http://www.gotransit.com/public/en/docs/ea...tement_2011.pdf

Noise Impact Study for the Proposed GO Transit Temporary Layover Facility, KItchener, Ontario

http://www.gotransit.com/public/en/docs/ea...tement_2011.pdf

Interesting Reading Here ..................

http://www.gotransit.com/public/en/improve...-kitchener.aspx

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http://www.therecord.com/news/local/articl...or-one-way-trip

GO train ticket to Toronto: $15 for one-way trip

KITCHENER — Commuter trains to Toronto are on track to launch by early December. A one-way trip from Kitchener to Union Station will take two hours and cost about $15, cheaper if a monthly pass is purchased.

Go Transit released details of its planned rail service Tuesday at a media event attended by politicians and dignitaries.

The provincial transit service plans two trains departing each morning, Monday to Friday. Two trains will return in the afternoon and evening. There’s no weekend service.

A schedule may be released within two months, said Greg Percy, vice-president of operations for GO Transit. Passengers will use the Via Rail station on Victoria Street North. Some parking will be made available nearby at King and Victoria streets, on vacant public land targeted to become a transit hub for trains and intercity buses.

Construction is underway on a $5-million layover facility where trains will park overnight in central Kitchener, between King and Park streets. The site was chosen as a cheaper, scaled-down alternative to spending $20 million to park trains west of Kitchener at Baden.

Percy does not expect residents to be bothered by noise from diesel trains that must idle to warm up in the mornings. “It will be a non-issue,” he said.

He could not say when Go Transit might add outbound trains or bring Toronto commuters into Kitchener in the mornings. “We’re going to have to see how the ridership goes,” he said.

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First scheduled GO Train to depart Kitchener Monday December 19th AT 5:52am & again at 7:10

FROM THE "GO TRANSIT" SITE:

Starting December 19...

GO Train service is coming to Guelph and Kitchener!

Starting December 19, we’re running weekday train service to our new GO stations in Guelph and Kitchener.

During morning rush hour…

•The existing weekday eastbound 6:47 a.m. train from Georgetown GO Station will now start at the Kitchener GO Station at 5:52, serve the Guelph Central GO Station at 6:14, then stop at Georgetown and all other stations along the route. Times between Georgetown and Union Station remain the same with arrival at Union at 7:53.

•A new weekday eastbound train trip for the entire line will depart Kitchener GO Station at 7:10 a.m., serve Guelph Central GO Station at 7:32, Georgetown at 8:05, Mount Pleasant at 8:14, Brampton at 8:21, Bramalea at 8:29, Malton at 8:35, Etobicoke North at 8:41, Weston at 8:46, Bloor at 8:53 and arrive at Union Station at 9:08.

During afternoon rush hour…

•The existing weekday westbound 4:45 p.m. train from Union will now serve Georgetown at 5:46 p.m., Guelph Central at 6:18 p.m. and Kitchener at 6:42

•The existing weekday westbound 5:45 p.m. train from Union will now serve Georgetown at 6:46, Guelph Central at 7:18 and Kitchener at 7:42.

Check the complete Kitchener schedule.

http://www.gotransit.com/public/en/updates...hener_Dec19.pdf

The new Guelph Central GO Station is located at Wyndham & Carden, and one-way adult GO Train fare to Union Station will be $11.70. The new Kitchener GO Station is located at Weber & Victoria, and one-way adult fare to Union is $14.60. Use our Fare Calculator to find the fare for a different destination.

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A "Valid" GO Pass??? I see abuse coming on this one, big time! No explanation needed.

You know what I see? People taking transit to get to the GO station.

By the way, GO Transit will compensate GRT $1.45 for every $0.50 ride, so GRT will be way ahead of its average per-passenger revenue for GO-subsidized trips.

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Does anyone know if there will be Prestocard balance checkers at the Kitchener VIA station in time for the Dec 19 launch? I have a card but I need to activate it by tapping it to a device, but I don't intend to make a trip (and really, where can I go with the initial $10 balance without putting it into negative which locks the card?). I can't add more to it until it's activated.

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Does anyone know if there will be Prestocard balance checkers at the Kitchener VIA station in time for the Dec 19 launch? I have a card but I need to activate it by tapping it to a device, but I don't intend to make a trip (and really, where can I go with the initial $10 balance without putting it into negative which locks the card?). I can't add more to it until it's activated.

There should be balance checkers at the Kitchener VIA Station in time for the launch...it definitely will be Presto equipped though.

If there isn't, what you can do is tap onto the regular Presto ones, then press reverse fare and tap again, which will eliminate your fare.

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Does anyone know if there will be Prestocard balance checkers at the Kitchener VIA station in time for the Dec 19 launch?

I just happen to have asked Presto this last night on Twitter, they response was that they will definitely be active by December 19. You can see the tweet at http://twitter.com/#!/PRESTOcard/statu...172237861924865 . Given every GO train station has a balance checker I don't see why it wouldn't be active too, it'd be more work to get Presto staff out twice.

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GRT should really have been on the ball and had presto ready to go on their buses. It would be so much more efficient on both their operations and for the convenience of their riders to be able to use Presto.

I hope instead of a period pass they use the declining fair model like GO uses of the course of a month. There are often months when a monthly pass isn't worth it but I sometimes just buy one for the convenience of not having to mess around with transfers.

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GRT should really have been on the ball and had presto ready to go on their buses. It would be so much more efficient on both their operations and for the convenience of their riders to be able to use Presto.

At this point it's not up to GRT. Presto was a GTHA + Ottawa project and they're still not done rolling out to those areas. Only once Ottawa is complete can other systems like GRT/Guelph/etc join in, and they're already working with Presto so that happens as quickly as possible after Ottawa.

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Does anyone know if there will be Prestocard balance checkers at the Kitchener VIA station in time for the Dec 19 launch? I have a card but I need to activate it by tapping it to a device, but I don't intend to make a trip (and really, where can I go with the initial $10 balance without putting it into negative which locks the card?). I can't add more to it until it's activated.

Very interesting. I've seen internal company e-mails that state the opposite.

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Took the GO Train on its free trial run and when you have a freight train break down and the 12:37 VIA Rail stuck behind it and being super late making the GO an hour and 10 minutes late

Heres the super late VIA

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Heres 651 on one end

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And 558 on the other with cab 218 behind 558

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