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Schedule changes effective October 1st regarding terminal relocations noted below:

Routes 41, 92, 94 and 96: Relocated to Borough Drive west of Scarborough Town Centre due to the planned closure of the station. Until the new Scarborough subway extension is built with a new station to accommodate. 

Route 52 and 56: Loop into Cornell Transit Terminal with no change to current schedules. Providing connections to YRT and Viva. 

My guess is that Go Transit will utilize Platform 6 and 7 at Cornell Transit Terminal since those are vacant. 

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10 hours ago, GTAmissions1 said:

Schedule changes effective October 1st regarding terminal relocations noted below:

Routes 41, 92, 94 and 96: Relocated to Borough Drive west of Scarborough Town Centre due to the planned closure of the station. Until the new Scarborough subway extension is built with a new station to accommodate. 

Route 52 and 56: Loop into Cornell Transit Terminal with no change to current schedules. Providing connections to YRT and Viva. 

My guess is that Go Transit will utilize Platform 6 and 7 at Cornell Transit Terminal since those are vacant. 

In other transit-related news, the Lakeshore East and Stouffville GO Train Lines will be closed this weekend (from the evening of September 23, 2022 to the end of service on Sunday, September 25, 2022) and shuttle buses will run at certain GO Train stations along the the line.

Sadly, the shuttle buses won't stop at the GO Stations where the TTC is readily available.

I remembered the time when GO had "outsourced" the train shuttles to a private company (Coach Canada, anyone?) during the closure last year (November 2021).

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7 hours ago, blue.bird.fan said:

How do the GO Transit bus garages work?

Unlike local transit agencies, it doesn't seem like each route is assigned to a specific garage. Are they assigned more like the TTC streetcars as one division?

Streetcars are not assigned as one division. Routes can be split between two barns, but there are pretty specific route allocations for each barn.

 

GO routes are assigned trip-by-trip, rather than a whole route. And each block of work assigned to a driver can include trips on multiple routes.

 

Dan

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I'm surprised that they spent all that money on Gormley station with no weekend service at all.

They could at least extend the Leslie bus to terminate there or something. 

If they had bus service on the Richmond Hill line on weekends, people could park their car at the station and take the bus downtown. It would be faster than taking the VIVA bus to Finch and then the subway to Union. 

Makes no sense.

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5 hours ago, Shaun said:

I'm surprised that they spent all that money on Gormley station with no weekend service at all.

They could at least extend the Leslie bus to terminate there or something. 

If they had bus service on the Richmond Hill line on weekends, people could park their car at the station and take the bus downtown. It would be faster than taking the VIVA bus to Finch and then the subway to Union. 

Makes no sense.

The same could be said for Bloomington Station as well, which also has no service on weekends, let alone that YRT doesn't serve Gormley and Bloomington right now; Metrolinx should seriously improve transit connections to that area outside of rush hour if they want to have a good return on those stations

Regardless, route 61 should be operating off peak, weekends and holidays as the Richmond Hill line is the only bus and rail corridor in the system without weekend service

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2 hours ago, Joshuamumble said:

The same could be said for Bloomington Station as well, which also has no service on weekends, let alone that YRT doesn't serve Gormley and Bloomington right now; Metrolinx should seriously improve transit connections to that area outside of rush hour if they want to have a good return on those stations

Regardless, route 61 should be operating off peak, weekends and holidays as the Richmond Hill line is the only bus and rail corridor in the system without weekend service

The service should run from the 404/woodbine parking lot and serve Bloomington, Gormley, major Mackenzie and 404, and keep going south to Union. OR get off at Sheppard go east to consumers Rd, and then hop back on the 401 at Victoria park and head south on the DVP to go downtown. OR take the HOV lane all the way down to the 401 and get off at Leslie. This way they can serve Oriole GO station with connections to Leslie station. The problem with Oriole is that I won't work northbound because the ramp to go east is south of the 401.  It could go into the hospital and go over the bridge to turn around to get back on the 401 to go east. 

Why not extend the woodbine bus, Leslie and Bayview buses to Gormley?

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1 hour ago, Shaun said:

The service should run from the 404/woodbine parking lot and serve Bloomington, Gormley, major Mackenzie and 404, and keep going south to Union. OR get off at Sheppard go east to consumers Rd, and then hop back on the 401 at Victoria park and head south on the DVP to go downtown. OR take the HOV lane all the way down to the 401 and get off at Leslie. This way they can serve Oriole GO station with connections to Leslie station. The problem with Oriole is that I won't work northbound because the ramp to go east is south of the 401.  It could go into the hospital and go over the bridge to turn around to get back on the 401 to go east. 

Why not extend the woodbine bus, Leslie and Bayview buses to Gormley?

There are plans to extend the Woodbine bus to Gormely Go Station pending approval via Transit Initiatives 2023. 

Leslie on the other hand, they would have to add additional buses to cover the stretch. 91B Bayview could be extended, though the challenge for both is if it will attract enough ridership to justify those extensions. Especially when YRT has been well-known to do the bare minimum if it involves expanding service or adding more resources.

91B only operates during the peak periods. 

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22 hours ago, Shaun said:

I'm surprised that they spent all that money on Gormley station with no weekend service at all.

They could at least extend the Leslie bus to terminate there or something. 

If they had bus service on the Richmond Hill line on weekends, people could park their car at the station and take the bus downtown. It would be faster than taking the VIVA bus to Finch and then the subway to Union. 

Makes no sense.

And considering that they don't have enough crews to run the service right now, how would they staff these imaginary trains?

 

Not to mention that the line is CN's mainline, and so they are the ones who get to say how much service is run.

 

16 hours ago, Joshuamumble said:

Regardless, route 61 should be operating off peak, weekends and holidays as the Richmond Hill line is the only bus and rail corridor in the system without weekend service

Did you ever consider that there might be a reason for that?

 

Dan

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From the CBC: GO bus drivers in legal strike position Oct. 1 if union and Metrolinx can't reach deal

This isn't the same as actually taking strike action.  Talks are still ongoing, but the main issues are job security and the ramifications of Bill 124 which limits public sector wage increases to 1% per year, far below the current rate of inflation.  You would think with the surplus recently announced they'd be willing to modify or repeal Bill 124 which also affects nurses and teachers.  Pissing them off will bring an immediate reaction from the general public if they all decided to stop working.  Is Ford banking on his increased control of Queen's Park to get his way?

Any possible GO bus strike would also impact several projects Metrolinx has going on right now that require shutting down rail service and using buses in their place.  If the ad hoc bustitutions on the 21 and 31 this past summer were any indication, a full scale shutdown would be a complete disaster.  University and college students would also unfairly face the brunt of any strike.  The Japanese strike solution, whereby drivers continue to work but refuse to collect fares would be ideal here.  Penalizing the riding public doesn't seem fair.

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5 hours ago, Gil said:

Is Ford banking on his increased control of Queen's Park to get his way?

Without a doubt he is, he couldnt care less and that's exactly what happens when people vote for a majority government. Doug can just strong arm his way through anything (as evidenced by his lack of having public consultations before enacting controversial Bills).

If this were a minority government, the horrible PR around both the Crosstown's recent announced delay combined with a potential GO Transit strike would be enough of a mess politically to at least initiate talks of toppling a government. That wouldnt happen since we're just had a provincial election, but no government wants to deal with that.

But since Doug has his majority, there's no consequence to him and he can just hold the line and blame whomever he wants for the strike action without any consequence to him.

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23 hours ago, lip said:

Without a doubt he is, he couldnt care less and that's exactly what happens when people vote for a majority government. Doug can just strong arm his way through anything (as evidenced by his lack of having public consultations before enacting controversial Bills).

If this were a minority government, the horrible PR around both the Crosstown's recent announced delay combined with a potential GO Transit strike would be enough of a mess politically to at least initiate talks of toppling a government. That wouldnt happen since we're just had a provincial election, but no government wants to deal with that.

But since Doug has his majority, there's no consequence to him and he can just hold the line and blame whomever he wants for the strike action without any consequence to him.

I think Doug could care less about the average person who takes transit. His voter base is big business. More like the companies that bid on these projects to make more money.

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50 minutes ago, Ultimate said:

Oshawa GO is now Durham College Oshawa GO
 

 

In all honesty, I find this comical. Almost all DRT busses that go from either DC campus go to Whitby GO Station, with the remaining going to either McCowan RT Station, Oshawa Centre or Lakeview Park. The only bus that goes from Oshawa GO to either DC campus is the 56 GO Bus. There is no direct DRT bus to either DC Campus from Oshawa GO. There is a DC campus in Whitby that isn't overly far away from Oshawa GO but because of the 401, it's a 45min walk and there are no sidewalks.

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6 minutes ago, John Oke said:

In all honesty, I find this comical. Almost all DRT busses that go from either DC campus go to Whitby GO Station, with the remaining going to either McCowan RT Station, Oshawa Centre or Lakeview Park. The only bus that goes from Oshawa GO to either DC campus is the 56 GO Bus. There is no direct DRT bus to either DC Campus from Oshawa GO. There is a DC campus in Whitby that isn't overly far away from Oshawa GO but because of the 401, it's a 45min walk and there are no sidewalks.

It’s ridiculous and unnecessarily confusing. But apparently the people in charge don’t care.

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Metrolinx and their idiotic stupidity when it comes to station naming.

How many naming conventions are they going to come up with/pay their consultants for? I thought transit was for going from Point A to Point B in the most efficient manner, seamlessly without any confusion?

This is exactly why we now have idiotic things like 3 Eglinton stations in completely different locations (1 on the Crosstown, 1 on the GO Network, 1 on the Hurontario Line), the "Hazel McCallion" Line in Missisauga, East Harbour station (in Toronto) and West Harbour station (in Hamilton), etc.

A big part of the blame is on Metrolinx for this nonsense, but another part goes to Doug Ford directly and his sheer stupidity.

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