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GO Train Expansion

Expand Go Train Service to Niagara Falls and other outlying regions guaranteeing a minimum of hourly service from 6 AM - 10 PM seven days a week. More people will make use of the service when they don't feel constrained by limited service availability.

Submitted by Jon 11 months ago

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    11 months ago

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  1. So long as this applies to all branches and not just NF I back it. All-Day service is really needed into the Peel region before elsewhere, but would be great everywhere.

    11 months ago
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  2. Jon Idea Submitter

    Teddy,

    Having lived in Mississauga, I agree that the Peel Region is probably in the greatest need of all day Go Train service. Expansion of GO Train service needs to occur throughout the Golden Horseshoe. I only mention Niagara Falls as the Go Train no longer offers weekly service to this city and it really should.

    11 months ago
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  3. Some reverse-commuting GO trains are needed too.

    11 months ago
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  4. Absolutely! I can't comfortably/easily get straight transit service to the GTA outside of Hamilton and Toronto itself, without taking two buses to the GO station here, taking another bus to Burlington, and then hopping the Go Train. That is too much trouble, and this is why it is not used as much. A Go Train on the schedule suggested would be terrific, and then people might just get out of their cars and push for better transit themselves, rather than we that don't drive having to rely on the crumbs that are left over, after the drivers take the bulk of resources here.

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  5. I suggest you guys check out the Big Move and the projects that will be funded by the Transit Taxes, all day 2 way GO trains on all 7 lines are part of what they plan to fund. Metrolinx also wants to fund the electrification of the Lakeshore and Kitchener Corridors.

    11 months ago
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    1. Yet, after spending $1.2B expanding the corridor for the KW line (work which will be complete in 2015) they have absolutely no plan to introduce all day, two way, every day service on this line. The line that is, as defined by the Big Move, the 2nd most dense transit corridor in GTHA. Instead, our return for a public expenditure of $1.2B is 5 new return trips daily. If there is to be wide spread public support for new revenues and expenditures for transit we need to yield far more than that service level increase for that level of expenditure.

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  6. We need two-way service through-out the day with a returning train in the late evening so people can go to shows, games, etc. and take the train back afterward.

    This would be a better use of resources than a high-speed train between Windsor and Quebec City.

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  7. Jon Idea Submitter

    Mark,

    I see no reason why we can't support both projects. I wrote both these proposals for that very reason.

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  8. Marg

    The province doesn't have the budget to do this, would be nice if they did

    11 months ago
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  9. with respect, the last thing GO should be doing presently is extending its reach beyond its current service area. This should only be considered once all of its existing service areas have 7 day, two way, all day service. Then, and only then, should GO reach further. A goal for GO would be to not have any buses inside the 416. All trains to the city and the buses can be redirected to providing frequent service radiating out from the ends of the current GO lines.

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  10. This should be done as a joint GO-VIA service, rather than two competing systems. We've lost a lot of services to communities like Niagara, Stratford, and Sarnia because the federal and provincial agencies aren't being directed to collaborate and have ended up running separate trains to Kitchener. Working together on this will save both levels of government money and improve services for the whole of southern Ontario, not just the GTA.

    10 months ago
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    1. If VIA wants to cut service everywhere except the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal corridor, then let them. VIA and GO are handled by the feds and prov respectively. GO is definitely capable of picking up the slack at a lower cost than VIA would ever be able to charge.

      9 months ago
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