Strong Sustainable Communities

Integrate VIA Rail corridor services with GO Transit

Given that both VIA Rail and GO Transit are entirely taxpayer-funded, they should be working as a single system, using one ticketing infrastructure and coordinating their rail networks. VIA offers a wonderful service, but tickets are far too expensive and inflexible, and the schedule too irregular, to be of any use for regular travellers. This means instead that people are often forced to drive when they could easily take the train, meaning both that the train is no longer a viable business and that our roads are becoming unnecessarily congested. A single entity should be given responsibility for operating all corridor services in Ontario (and ideally Quebec) and integrate them completely with GO Transit and other regional transportation agencies.

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Idea No. 437