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1 hour ago, Shaun said:

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? 

 

The current schedules still have two departures per day from Hamilton GO Centre.

To the other portion of the question, yes GO has been storing excess equipment in various locations around the system. For example, extra cars have been stored in Henry Street Yard, which had otherwise been unused since the East Rail Maintenance Facility opened up just east of there. The excess equipment has generally been rotated every so often to ensure even wear and maintenance.

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37 minutes ago, John Oke said:

 GO Trains being tested as far west as London

It will be interesting if Go Transit expands their services to London, Ontario considering it is pretty far. A train trip by Via-Rail between London Station and Union Station in Toronto is 2 hours and 15 minutes assuming no delays or issues. 

The longest Go Train route is a tie between two sections. Kitchener Go to Union Station at almost two hours one way and Union Station to Niagara Falls on the Lakeshore West line which is almost two hours too. Based on scheduled times. 

Especially how the Toronto to London bus route is covered by Megabus subcontracted to Badder Bus and Onex Corporation planning a similar bus route to cover the same stretch. Trying to compete for the demand of transportation. 

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3 hours ago, MCIBUS said:

Question?

Does GO Transit have any buses/coaches/trains stored or saved any for Historical purposes? A Historical Fleet?

No.

The closest they got was purchasing single-level cab car 104 back from AMT, which was refurbished and donated to the Toronto Railway Museum for GO's 50th anniversary in 2017. While GO/Metrolinx was responsible for its preservation, I wouldn't count it as being part of GO's fleet.

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17 hours ago, MCIBUS said:

Question?

Does GO Transit have any buses/coaches/trains stored or saved any for Historical purposes? A Historical Fleet?

GO Transit doesn't keep a historical bus fleet but many remain in service with other bus service providers. 

If you check the wiki for GO Transit's retired fleets, we've tracked many which have been sent to other agencies.

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On 7/28/2021 at 8:13 AM, 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.

That's exactly what it is.

On 7/29/2021 at 9:35 PM, Shaun said:

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

Correct. Same goes for GO equipment parked elsewhere that hasn't moved in a while also.

On 7/12/2021 at 11:29 AM, Gil said:

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.

A trial is underway (I don't remember where) of car length signage on the platform. Since the spotting markers are already there, they're being merged with those where possible. Trains will likely be back to 10 and 12 cars before this gets rolled out system wide. As for adding car lengths to the departure boards, that's not as easy as you make it sound. If it was, it would have been done by now.

 

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On 8/1/2021 at 5:55 PM, Orion 1200 said:

A trial is underway (I don't remember where) of car length signage on the platform. Since the spotting markers are already there, they're being merged with those where possible. Trains will likely be back to 10 and 12 cars before this gets rolled out system wide. As for adding car lengths to the departure boards, that's not as easy as you make it sound. If it was, it would have been done by now.

 

The pilot signage is at Mimico and Danforth.  Again, why reinvent the wheel when they already have existing signage.

How often (at least these days) will the train length vary day-to-day that a specific run will see a change in the number of cars?  If they can't put the specific number of cars on the departure screen, could they simply indicate whether a train will be "short"?  I've seen plenty of people with head/earphones on completely oblivious to the recorded announcements to move down the platform for a short train.  Whether or not they'd pay attention to the departure board is another question but it would provide some additional crucial information to passengers.

I used GO's Weekend Pass this past long weekend and had selected a station pair that gave me the most flexibility between local and express trips with the reduced weekend schedule. 

I did ask at Union about whether the pass was valid across the entire network or just between the pair of stations I had selected especially since it's being advertised as the latter.  I used the example of using the Lakeshore West line instead of a bus to Meadowvale.  Since the passes were so new they weren't sure, but a ticket inspector (or RPO, Revenue Protection Officer) came by and they checked with them.  For the time being, while they are still a novelty, they will only be enforced for stations within the same fare zone or price.

This leads me to believe that if I entered a pair of stations at either end of the network (say Peterborough and Niagara Falls or Barrie and Brantford) that should cover the itineraries I had laid out earlier.  But I could run into the problem of how judiciously a driver will interpret the pair, especially if it's not on the corridor listed (say the Barrie-Branford pair and I try going to the Zoo).

If they're still trying to encourage PRESTO card uptake capping fares on weekends would be the easiest from a passenger's perspective.  Enabling it on the back end to give the cards that functionality is another question.  I haven't bought a single trip or day pass online, but is it tied to your PRESTO account?  Seeing as you can now load funds instantly with the app, I somehow doubt it meaning the online ticket wouldn't get the PRESTO discount.

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7 minutes ago, TTC7447 said:

GO Transit has converted two of its coaches into mobile COVID-19 Vaccine units/clinics (called GO-VAXX).  No idea which buses were converted: https://blog.metrolinx.com/2021/08/06/metrolinx-is-going-mobile-to-help-make-vaccines-more-accessible-across-the-region/

Given that TTC used O7 Hybrids for their COVID units, and that the bus in the photo is 2439, I wouldn't be surprised if it was another sub-2450, since both those series are retiring. Normally their presser bus is 2607. 

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2 hours ago, TTC7447 said:

GO Transit has converted two of its coaches into mobile COVID-19 Vaccine units/clinics (called GO-VAXX).  No idea which buses were converted: https://blog.metrolinx.com/2021/08/06/metrolinx-is-going-mobile-to-help-make-vaccines-more-accessible-across-the-region/

OC Transpo used two Invero's as Covide-19 mobile units? Not sure if the stil are using them or not?

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One of GO Bus Enviro 500 have permanent driver barrier. Took this bus today from Square One to Union Station. 
Will the rest of the buses will get permanent barrier or just testing.
edit: made mistake on 8477 as saw one that has no permanent barrier

Edited by curlingteam333
Made mistake that 8477 does not have permanent barrier as I saw this yesterday.
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2 hours ago, sdgta2008 said:

Are those 2012 to 2014 Enviros still sitting collecting rust....?  At this rate they might as well start selling some of them.  MTB could make a pretty penny selling some refurbished 2012s.

There’s none left at East Rail Maintenance

but there is the mock up Alstom Citadis Spirt LRV sitting in that lot now

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On 8/11/2021 at 5:03 PM, curlingteam333 said:

One of GO Bus Enviro 500 have permanent driver barrier. Took this bus today from Square One to Union Station. 
Will the rest of the buses will get permanent barrier or just testing.
edit: made mistake on 8477 as saw one that has no permanent barrier

Is this the ones with the sliding barrier windows? If so 8467 has that as well. 

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ICAMI (In Case Anyone Missed It), this weekend's (from August 14th to 15th, 2021) GO Train Service along the Lakeshore East line - will be temporarly curtailed at Danforth GO station due to track work between Danforth and Union GO.

If anyone is planning to travel between these two stations, they must take the TTC to get to downtown. Also, there will be an express GO bus from Pickering GO to the new Union Station Bus Terminal.

The same case is true for the Stouffville Line - GO Buses will be provided from Lincolnville or Mount Joy GO and making all stops up to Unionville GO. Those who live near the Milliken, Agincourt or Kennedy GO stations must take the TTC.

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GO Transit has updated all Wayfinding signage at Exhibition GO Station today. Looks like a few hints of the Ontario Line have arised with the new signage unless thats the imagery they use for streetcars. 

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On 8/6/2021 at 4:23 PM, Doppelkupplung said:

Given that TTC used O7 Hybrids for their COVID units, and that the bus in the photo is 2439, I wouldn't be surprised if it was another sub-2450, since both those series are retiring. Normally their presser bus is 2607. 

The other is 2442.  I spotted it on my trip into Union at Cooksville GO on Tuesday.

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10 hours ago, Ultimate said:

GO Transit has updated all Wayfinding signage at Exhibition GO Station today. Looks like a few hints of the Ontario Line have arised with the new signage unless thats the imagery they use for streetcars. 

Ajax has also been updated,

At Exhibition, wayfinding has been updated in most areas for a couple weeks now, the symbol to the right of the Train icon is to identify Streetcars as per MX’s wayfinding standards

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7 minutes ago, John Oke said:

I was talking with the CSA on my train and he said that the Kitchener line is being extended to London in October 

I don't see any official announcement from Metrolinx. They were testing in Stratford and London not long ago.

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4 hours ago, G.A said:

I don't see any official announcement from Metrolinx. They were testing in Stratford and London not long ago.

They seldom announce anything until at least 10 days before a major change.

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