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Go Transit is offering a weekend pass for one day, two day and the long weekends and holiday (one day). Link here: https://blog.metrolinx.com/2021/07/06/metrolinx-announces-weekend-pass-to-get-riders-moving-and-exploring-again-as-ontario-begins-to-leave-pandemic-behind/

 

A way to help regain ridership especially with a reduction of around 90 percent during the peak of COVID-19 along with stay at home orders. Especially how expensive Go Transit can be getting around. $7.50/day for the weekend pass covering two days. Only available by e-ticket right now.

I remember when I used to take Go Transit on the Sunday Funday pass first introduced being only $10, it was pretty handy not having to calculate the fare between two different destinations. Just have to show to the transit operator on the bus or show on the phone if asked for proof of payment. 

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A few times every the last couple weeks, through the GO E News alerts, there'd been unplanned track inspections at the same time, on both the Barrie and Stouffville lines at around the midday.

When it happened the first time, I thought it was weird. Twice more and I'm thinking that it was a ln error in the system. Thoughts?

 

 

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13 hours ago, newflyerinvero said:

A few times every the last couple weeks, through the GO E News alerts, there'd been unplanned track inspections at the same time, on both the Barrie and Stouffville lines at around the midday.

When it happened the first time, I thought it was weird. Twice more and I'm thinking that it was a ln error in the system. Thoughts?

Frequently, it's due to bridge strikes.

 

For instance, there was another one early yesterday afternoon at Ray Ave.

 

Dan

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13 hours ago, John Oke said:

What strikes it? Trains, vehicles or something else? 

If a train struck it, that would indicate that a train had derailed, and considering the locations of most of the bridges on the network, those derailments would thus be happening with a reasonable amount of speed - and so don't you think that we'd hear about that?

 

15 hours ago, nfitz said:

Interesting - I'd have guessed heat.

Heat inspections are necessary when the temperature reaches 29C or so, and happen network-wide. The more specifically localized ones are for things like bridge strikes or broken rails.

 

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On 7/8/2021 at 9:41 AM, smallspy said:

Frequently, it's due to bridge strikes.

 

For instance, there was another one early yesterday afternoon at Ray Ave.

 

Dan

Just to reiterate this....

 

There was another bridge strike at Bloor this morning.

 

Dan

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It amuses me how many idiots there are who dont know the height of the vehicles that they operate, along with the potential clearance issues of their loads.

I think it's time the city looks into this issue more seriously, to avoid a Burlington Skyway type incident. It's clear those cute height caution signs dont do much, and it's only a matter of time before we have an incident where service is severely crippled for days by this kind of event.

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On 3/15/2021 at 10:38 PM, Gil said:

Is Metrolinx redundantly trying to recreate the wheel with this pilot project at Mimico and Danforth stations?

https://blog.metrolinx.com/2021/03/04/getting-on-board-metrolinx-launches-new-signage-pilot-program-to-make-catching-your-train-even-easier/

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Instead of duplicating the existing (blue) signage with a different colour for each possible train length couldn't they just explain what the signs mean or even make them more prominent since they're now intended for more broader use?  The other half that isn't mentioned in the article is whether or not the departure screens will indicate the length of the train so that passengers know where to wait using the signage.  Are there any Danforth or Mimico users who can confirm whether the departure screens actually display this vital information?

I finally managed to check out Mimico station, the departure screens don't display how long the train is, which resulted in people running to get onto a 6-car train (the entrance is at the west end of the platform, while the train takes up the east half of the platform).

During the weekend Gardiner closure with the Milton and Kitchener buses rerouted to Port Credit there were repeated announcements that the trains would be short (6-cars) and that eastbound passengers should move east of the elevators.  As I've mentioned there's already existing signage indicating the position of each car at most if not all stations.  Why not just point them out and indicate on the departure board the length of the train?  Especially at Union with the new screens instead of having someone directing people down the platform toward the shortened train.  There's enough room on the departure board to add a column indicating the train length.

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York University Go Station to close permanently to make room for adding additional tracks. 

The writing was on the wall for many years noting that service to York University Go Station was reduced once Downsview Go Station opened providing a connection to the subway (Line 1 Yonge-University). Walk to York University from the Go Train station being around 20 minutes or taking the shuttle bus.

https://blog.metrolinx.com/2021/07/19/york-university-go-station-closes-to-make-way-for-barrie-line-expansion/?fbclid=IwAR20xx_LR4nEA3q506apD9OLyhWVBDlOelS-9gdAU1s03vyTYou5DmlAHEA

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5 hours ago, GTAmissions1 said:

York University Go Station to close permanently to make room for adding additional tracks. 

The writing was on the wall for many years noting that service to York University Go Station was reduced once Downsview Go Station opened providing a connection to the subway (Line 1 Yonge-University). Walk to York University from the Go Train station being around 20 minutes or taking the shuttle bus.

https://blog.metrolinx.com/2021/07/19/york-university-go-station-closes-to-make-way-for-barrie-line-expansion/?fbclid=IwAR20xx_LR4nEA3q506apD9OLyhWVBDlOelS-9gdAU1s03vyTYou5DmlAHEA

Those who complain and are against closing are the ones that can't afford another $100+ a month to ride on the TTC for 10 minutes everyday onto of the GO fare. TYSSE was suppose to make transit easier but instead forced YRT and GO users to make an extra transfer AND pay an additional fare. Walking is not even an option for people from Downsview Park to Your U. TTC was suppose to waive this fare for York U students but they decided to screw them over.

A lot of UT or Ryerson students walk to Union to avoid paying TTC cause they can't afford it. However for York U students, the walk from GO buses at Highway 407 Station or GO trains at Downsview Park isn't exactly pleasing, especially during winters or at night.

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16 hours ago, GTAmissions1 said:

York University Go Station to close permanently to make room for adding additional tracks. 

The writing was on the wall for many years noting that service to York University Go Station was reduced once Downsview Go Station opened providing a connection to the subway (Line 1 Yonge-University). Walk to York University from the Go Train station being around 20 minutes or taking the shuttle bus.

https://blog.metrolinx.com/2021/07/19/york-university-go-station-closes-to-make-way-for-barrie-line-expansion/?fbclid=IwAR20xx_LR4nEA3q506apD9OLyhWVBDlOelS-9gdAU1s03vyTYou5DmlAHEA

For some reason, this video comes to mind when I think of York University Station.

 

 

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On 7/19/2021 at 7:13 PM, GTAmissions1 said:

York University Go Station to close permanently to make room for adding additional tracks. 

The writing was on the wall for many years noting that service to York University Go Station was reduced once Downsview Go Station opened providing a connection to the subway (Line 1 Yonge-University). Walk to York University from the Go Train station being around 20 minutes or taking the shuttle bus.

https://blog.metrolinx.com/2021/07/19/york-university-go-station-closes-to-make-way-for-barrie-line-expansion/?fbclid=IwAR20xx_LR4nEA3q506apD9OLyhWVBDlOelS-9gdAU1s03vyTYou5DmlAHEA

Gotta love the Metrolinx fluff pieces like this.

 

So yes, they're closing the station. That was always known, and it was frankly just a matter of time before they pulled the trigger.

 

But they're not demolishing it. It's not in the way of anything right now. They'll simply remove the fare equipment from the platform, take down the shelters and benches, throw out some signage and put a gate with a lock across the access walkway.

 

Dan

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All day Go Train service coming to Hamilton's West Harbour going directly to Union effective August 7th. 

https://blog.metrolinx.com/2021/07/26/all-day-go-train-service-coming-to-hamilton-this-summer/?fbclid=IwAR3V8i3F1pl3wJ3ygSgmKx9j4fIV2LFJ8ZC_rbDYZzMEzKTRGz7BweFlHb8

Hours of operation for the extension to Hamilton on hourly frequency:

Weekday from West Harbour to Union: 5:13 AM until 10:13 PM

Weekday from Union to West Harbour: 6:45 AM until 11:45 PM

Weekends from West Harbour to Union: 8:13 AM until 11:13 PM

Weekends from Union to West Harbour: 8:45 AM until 12:45 AM

Testing and training will be done between July 31st to August 6th. Train will stop, but doors will NOT open. 

 

Other service changes on the train line effective August 7th for weekend service. Weekday service change will take effect August 9th. Most of the bus trips that replaced train service have now been phased out except for the one 68D trip on weekday mornings and weekend departures for 68D which will continue to run. 

Lakeshore West:

  • Hamilton Go Centre departures reinstated with 6:45 AM and 7:45 AM to Union. 3:30 PM and 4 PM from Union to Hamilton Go Centre.
  • 15 minute rush hour and mid-day service resuming August 9th between Union and Oakville Go Stations. 5:18 AM until late afternoon going eastbound from Oakville
  • 7:15 AM until late afternoon westbound from Union. 

Lakeshore East: 15 minute frequency restored between Union and Oshawa Go Station

  • 5:10 AM until late afternoon westbound from Oshawa Go Station 
  • 6:10 AM until late afternoon eastbound from Union 

Kitchener: Select weekday departures restored

  • 8:39 PM departure from Kitchener Go Station arriving at 10:28 PM to Union Station (eastbound)
  • 8:40 PM departure from Mount Pleasant Go arriving at 9:28 PM to Union Station (eastbound)
  • 7:34 PM and 8:34 PM from Union to Mount Pleasant Go arriving at 8:23 PM and 9:23 PM (westbound) 
  • 9:34 PM departure from Union to Kitchener arriving at 11:28 PM (westbound)

Stouffville: Select weekday departures and weekend all day train service restored

  • 5:28 AM Lincolnville Go departure towards Union (southbound)
  • Four trips: 7:35 PM, 8:35 PM, 9:35 PM and 10:35 PM from Mount Joy towards Union (southbound)
  • 6:14 PM trip to Lincolnville Go Station from Union will instead be adjusted to end at Mount Joy (northbound)
  • Three departures: 7:14 PM, 8:14 PM and 9:14 PM from Union Station to Mount Joy (northbound)
  • Two departures: 10:14 PM and 11:14 PM from Union Station to Lincolnville Go Station (northbound)
  • Weekend train service between Union and Mount Joy on hourly schedule with select departures extended to Lincolnville Go Station

Barrie: Select weekday departures and weekend all day train service restored on August 14th

  • 9:57 AM from Aurora to Union will instead start at Bradford departing at 9:36 AM (southbound)
  • 7:57 PM and 8:57 PM departure from Aurora Go Station towards Union (southbound)
  • 9:08 PM departure from Allandale Waterfront Go Station to Union (southbound)
  • 6:53 PM, 7:53 PM and 8:53 PM departure from Union to Aurora Go (northbound)
  • 9:53 PM departure from Union towards Allandale (northbound)
  • 10:53 PM departure from Union towards Bradford (northbound)
  • Weekend train service to resume hourly service to resume between Aurora and Union with select trips extended to Allandale Waterfront 

 

Reason why expanded weekend service is a week later on the Barrie line is due to work being done which trains will be replaced by bus service on August 7th and 8th. 68D is still operating which gets a fair bit of demand for those that want to avoid all the other stops and take the direct route. Running every 3 hours being reasonable when trains were not operating. The biggest challenge is once reaching the DVP and Gardiner (depending on which route is taken) is when the traffic congestion gets really heavy. Taking a bit more time depending on traffic conditions. 

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This is good to see. Hopefully it means a little bit of the expansion plans from last September that were put on hold get implemented soon. The West Harbour extension is a good thing, although I have seen people on Facebook angry that it is West Harbour and not Hamilton Go Centre but the reason it is West Harbour is because it is on the way towards Niagara and there is plans to extend service to all day 7 days a week going to Niagara within a couple years. So this is just the first logical step. Hopefully in the next few months we see some later service on the Barrie Line 7 days a week and more frequent service on the Kitchener line going later in the day and on weekends

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3 hours ago, GTAmissions1 said:

Lakeshore West:

  • 15 minute rush hour and mid-day service resuming August 9th between Union and Oakville Go Stations. 5:18 AM until late afternoon going eastbound from Oakville

That's a first isn't it? In 2019 it was still running 3 times an hour with a 30-minute gap. Or was there an early 2020 schedule I forgot about, that didn't last long with Covid.

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17 hours ago, nfitz said:

That's a first isn't it? In 2019 it was still running 3 times an hour with a 30-minute gap. Or was there an early 2020 schedule I forgot about, that didn't last long with Covid.

They rejigged the schedules some time ago - shortly after the original service cutbacks at the beginning of the pandemic - to allow them to run a half-hourly service to Oakville. This was at the same time that they went away from the :13/:43 timings at Union.

 

Dan

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On 7/7/2021 at 7:34 PM, GTAmissions1 said:

Go Transit is offering a weekend pass for one day, two day and the long weekends and holiday (one day). Link here: https://blog.metrolinx.com/2021/07/06/metrolinx-announces-weekend-pass-to-get-riders-moving-and-exploring-again-as-ontario-begins-to-leave-pandemic-behind/

 

A way to help regain ridership especially with a reduction of around 90 percent during the peak of COVID-19 along with stay at home orders. Especially how expensive Go Transit can be getting around. $7.50/day for the weekend pass covering two days. Only available by e-ticket right now.

I remember when I used to take Go Transit on the Sunday Funday pass first introduced being only $10, it was pretty handy not having to calculate the fare between two different destinations. Just have to show to the transit operator on the bus or show on the phone if asked for proof of payment. 

I looked into this with the long weekend coming up.  If it's a flat rate, why do you need to select an origin and destination? Can I travel outside of that pair? Say if I wanted to go to Niagara on Saturday, Kitchener on Sunday and the Zoo on Monday which pair would I select?

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After over a decade of cost overruns and missed deadlines, the Bay concourse at Union Station has finally reopened as of July 27th. 

https://www.gotransit.com/en/stations-stops-parking/bay-concourse?fbclid=IwAR0Z3akyz4kRs_QYPgy0iZ8CTPutUuA1izMrEQ693kurOgxtvNfITV43UWY

Toronto Star article

Especially the years that people who were transferring from the subway to Go Train during peak periods and vice versa has been difficult having to enter through a certain pathway. Since the work was done in phases and to better accommodate passenger volumes. I remember the second platform project at the Union subway station to better accommodate and expand beyond the centre platform. 

58 minutes ago, Gil said:

I looked into this with the long weekend coming up.  If it's a flat rate, why do you need to select an origin and destination? Can I travel outside of that pair? Say if I wanted to go to Niagara on Saturday, Kitchener on Sunday and the Zoo on Monday which pair would I select?

Go Transit is bases their fares on distance. Using different fare zones to calculate the amount to charge based on how many fare zones between the start and end. 

You can put down whatever start and end point you have. It is valid system wide anywhere on the bus or train network and yes, you can travel outside the itinerary you put down. Just make sure your phone is fully charged and have access to celluar data to use the day/weekend pass and activate it 5 minutes before you board. I have seen people who activate when the bus comes and the operator lets them on since it will show day pass.

Weekend day pass expires at 3 AM the next day or for the weekend, it is 3 AM Monday or 3 AM Tuesday if it falls on a long weekend. Since Go Transit has their final departures from Union Station just before 3 AM the next day along with Route 34 and 40 operating 24 hours every day. 

I have had the day pass glitch where the time remaining went to zero when it was still within the current service day. If that happens, just explain to the operator and show them the date it was activated and they should let you on. 

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16 hours ago, Gil said:

I looked into this with the long weekend coming up.  If it's a flat rate, why do you need to select an origin and destination?

Just spitballing here, but I wonder if this is so they can track how many people purchase tickets and for what routes for the sake of understanding where demand is, since unlike Presto you won't be tapping on a scanner connected to the central system.

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1 hour ago, wowzhao said:

Just spitballing here, but I wonder if this is so they can track how many people purchase tickets and for what routes for the sake of understanding where demand is, since unlike Presto you won't be tapping on a scanner connected to the central system.

Correct. Since the original version was called Sunday Funday which the pass could only be used on Sunday which the cost is $10. This is on top of as mentioned that Go Transit bases their fares on distance which it needs to know the two fare zones in order to activate the pass. If it was simply a flat fare no matter where you went without fare zones, it would simply be activating the pass without needing to input any special instructions. 

Back during Sunday Funday pass, there was a survey asking what the passed was used for with three options:

  • One way trip
  • Return trip (trip to destination and back home on the same day)
  • Multiple trips

Right now, the weekend pass is to increase ridership on weekends after losing over 90 percent due to COVID-19. Not sure how long the weekend pass will go for since it is most likely costing money for the agency based on uptake. Seeing a few people use the pass. At the same time, I think there is a lot more to gain than lose especially with the longer distance trips. 

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I have a question about the trains parked at Hunter Street station in Hamilton. 

I guess they are not needed during the pandemic, so they are stored there during the day, does GO cycle those trains around? Or has the same trainset been parked at the station for over a year?

I guess they are parked there because there is no space for them at Willowbrook? 

 

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