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2 hours ago, MCIBUS said:

So Sat Dec 5 the new GO Terminal opens. I wish I could be there, but can't be there have other things that need to be done and besides I'm about a 5 hour drive away.

 

I wonder what they'll have out for customers to pick up?

 

Pamphlets?

Souvenirs?

Other GO trinkets?

DAM I love to get anything from there opening?

 

Anyone Going?

 

I was planning on going, however since Toronto is in a Lockdown. I decided to postpone the trip.

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For the sake of convenience, I’ll leave this here: Total of 5 ex go 8000s being loaded in Agincourt yard this morning, destined for their second lives in parts unknown. Numbers still on, th

Original GO Cab Car 104 is at the Toronto Railway Museum

omg I think its time for some social distancing for you two

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Well it's official the new GO Transit Terminal is now open.

I'm not sure how well it went as I wasn't there.

I'm not sure what the future holds for the new terminal and how it wil function in the coming days/months/years, but I'm guess it be operating for a long time.

 

Now there are rumors that other inter-city operators might possibly move from the Toronto Coach Terminal to the new GO Terminal whether that's true or not or might happen remains to be seen.

 

BUT!!

 

Assuming it's true & does happen, Toronto city council need not worry the property the Toronto Coach Terminal sits on is worth ten's of million of dollars, and could easily be sold to a developer who would most like either build condo's or office tower. Same thing with the old Elizabeth GO Terminal, worth $$$$$ and could easily be sold to a developer.

 

Whichever the case  may be, at least GO Transit customers have a new Terminal which was better then the former one right across from it.

 

CONGRATS TORONTO on your new bus terminal.

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15 hours ago, MCIBUS said:

Now there are rumors that other inter-city operators might possibly move from the Toronto Coach Terminal to the new GO Terminal whether that's true or not or might happen remains to be seen.

 

The only one that is operating is Can-ar Coach with their 2 runs.

Last I heard, Greyhound wanted to use Pearson Airport, Coach Canada and Northland have been silent.

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Like I said it's still remains to be seen what happens, but if Coach Canada and Ontario Northland do move there, and Greyhound goes to Pearson the Toronto Terminal is basically dead. The point I was trying to make Toronto city council  could easily sell the property to a developer for ten's of million dollars. The land is worth more then the building.

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1 hour ago, MCIBUS said:

Like I said it's still remains to be seen what happens, but if Coach Canada and Ontario Northland do move there, and Greyhound goes to Pearson the Toronto Terminal is basically dead. The point I was trying to make Toronto city council  could easily sell the property to a developer for ten's of million dollars. The land is worth more then the building.

Yes, everyone from Toronto is well aware that a sale of the TCT lands would net considerable money; the media here bombards us everyday with how expensive it is to buy housing in this city. The current Coach Terminal will be demolished and sold off, once its tenants have decided to relocate elsewhere. Consider why not a single person has mentioned rebuilding that aging terminal, and is instead focusing on alternative locations...

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11 hours ago, Articulated said:

Yes, everyone from Toronto is well aware that a sale of the TCT lands would net considerable money; the media here bombards us everyday with how expensive it is to buy housing in this city. The current Coach Terminal will be demolished and sold off, once its tenants have decided to relocate elsewhere. Consider why not a single person has mentioned rebuilding that aging terminal, and is instead focusing on alternative locations...

I'm sure that there are lots of hotels that would allow bus companies to use their facility as a bus depot. 

Or malls, which are strapped for cash.

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Greyhound will not be relocating their Toronto operations to Pearson Airport (that's if they survive this pandemic as they havent even restarted any operations). I dont know where people are coming up with this, but it's outright false.

On another note, demolition of the old Union Bus Terminal is imminent and may begin as early as late Dec, or early January 2021. Depends on how quick GO can decommission the old site, and how quick Hines' construction teams can mobilize.

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5 hours ago, lip said:

Greyhound will not be relocating their Toronto operations to Pearson Airport (that's if they survive this pandemic as they havent even restarted any operations). I dont know where people are coming up with this, but it's outright false.

This member has a friend who works for Greyhound Canada, I would take their post as gospel:

 

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7 hours ago, Megabus Rider said:

This member has a friend who works for Greyhound Canada, I would take their post as gospel:

Yikes ... I'd hope they'd let passengers from the east out at Pickering GO, or Scarborough Centre, or somewhere.

Though at the rate the private intercity bus business is vanishing, the whole discussion may be moot.

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Yeah i'll believe it when I see it, i'm not quite buying this gospel.

Only way I see it happening is if Greyhound comes out of this pandemic with significantly reduced operations (possible, but no one knows if they'll survive for sure).

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GO Transit has killed off bus routes 90, 90c, and 91. This means less transit service to Newcastle. Bowmanville will continue to have service through a new DRT route and GO Bus 88. 

It's sad how much GO wishes to cut bus service but it seems that 90 and 91 were duplicated by the new DRT route which offers more frequent service. It also means less use of the various park and ride stations used by the 90/91 but I think those will be used for expanded train service. Route 88 which serves Newcastle remains. 

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2 hours ago, jacnel said:

GO Transit has killed off bus routes 90, 90c, and 91. This means less transit service to Newcastle. Bowmanville will continue to have service through a new DRT route and GO Bus 88. 

It's sad how much GO wishes to cut bus service but it seems that 90 and 91 were duplicated by the new DRT route which offers more frequent service. It also means less use of the various park and ride stations used by the 90/91 but I think those will be used for expanded train service. Route 88 which serves Newcastle remains. 

GO Transit hasn’t entirely killed the service to Newcastle yet, I live in Newcastle, and OnDemand is way better anyway than the two hour frequency on the 90.

Nevertheless, GO Still services Newcastle (in town) on route 88A with three trips in the peak directions.

88 still services both the Bowmanville and Newcastle Park and Rides

88A serves the Courtice Road and Oshawa park and rides as well.

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7 hours ago, lip said:

And so it begins, Hines isnt playing around with the second phase of CIBC Square. Demolition crews are on site at the old USBT.

I'm not surprised. They didn't seem to be playing around with Phase 1!

Hmm ... with that new public walkway over the tracks between Phase 1 and Phase 2 - will there be stairs from there down to the platforms? That could be useful in helping congestion - and relatively cheap.

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3 hours ago, nfitz said:

I'm not surprised. They didn't seem to be playing around with Phase 1!

Hmm ... with that new public walkway over the tracks between Phase 1 and Phase 2 - will there be stairs from there down to the platforms? That could be useful in helping congestion - and relatively cheap.

Nope, no plans for that.

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Trains on weekday evenings and weekends along Barrie, Kitchener and Stouffville will be replaced by buses starting January 23rd. Stouffville line a bit different with the first weekday morning train trip to better accommodate work going on the line. 

https://blog.metrolinx.com/2021/01/14/metrolinx-announces-temporary-go-transit-and-up-express-service-adjustments-while-ridership-levels-remain-low/

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2 hours ago, ORION said:

It appears that refurbishment has commenced on the Super Lo Enviros. This one was spotted at MTB today.

I thought it was 6 years into the service life? Isn't this a year/year.5 early?

Edit- I looked at the other series, and it seems like 5ish years...although I thought I would've heard about the MCIs up to 2616 being refurb'd first. 

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I got curious about the fate of the GO Transit buses in Miami. I found a vehicle list online about Miami-Dade Transit contractor America's Transportation a few days ago, and gathered info from online photos on its website. This is what I gathered; old GO numbers on left, new numbers on right (first two digits are supposed to be number of seats):

 

2135 - 5772

2136 - 5773

2137 - 5771

2152 - 5779

2163 - 5777

2169 - 5778

2191 - 5774

2211 - 5775

2212 - 5776

2268 - 5783

2276 - 5782

2322 - 5597

2329 - 55100

2334 - ?

2340 - 5793

2341 - 55102

2353 - 55124

2354 - ?

2356 - 5794

2365 - ?

2367 - 5599

2369 - 55110

2370 - ?

2390 - 5796

2399 - 55104

2402 - 55116

2414 - 55105

There are at least, at minimum, 10 more buses. 5771-5779 were put on sale recently.

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5 hours ago, Downsview34. said:

2 new GO bus routes coming next month. 

One route is the 56. Merging the 46 & 52 together. Same routing but it will be from Oakville GO to Oshawa GO.

The other is 41. Merging 47 & 51 from Hamilton GO to pickering GO.

Interesting they are merging four 407 routes into two crosstown routes avoiding the need to change buses at 407 bus terminal which is beneficial. Having a 3 hour transfer window to complete a trip on the Go Transit network.

Go Transit has definitely been creating more direct routes without the need for transfers to certain destinations while managing the limited resources they have. 

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