It looks like the upcoming board changes are just more bus runs: http://www.newswire.ca/en/organization/13284
I can't say I'm not disappointed that rumours of more Stouffville trains aren't weren't true.
Here are the 2011 GO ridership numbers (I emailed Metrolinx). Unfortunately, they were unable to include the associated bus service with each line (it's all in the regional bus number), so I was unable to do year-over-year comparisons.
Richmond Hill 2,428,900
Lakeshore East 12,210,700
Lakeshore West 15,219,200
GO Regional Bus 14,865,700
Last edited by CDL.TO; 2012-Mar-19 at 12:57. Reason: Added commas to make numbers more readable
Useful info, thanks.
Would vegeta or anybody like to guess what you'd have to pay CP to get them to sell the North Toronto Subdivision?
Me thinks its time for an updated summery of the GO corridors and recent transactions
-total length(revenue service); 40.3 miles
-subdivisions; USRC 1.2, Oakville 36.1, Hamilton 3.0
-ownership; 23.6 GO(59%), 13.7 CN, 3.0 CP
2000 USRC mile 0.0 to 1.2
2010 Oakville mile 1.2 to 8.1 = 6.9 miles = 72$ million
Mar 2012 Oakville mile 8.1 to 23.6 = 15.5 miles(+14.2 miles of the Bala sub) = 310.5$ million
-total length(revenue service); 82.4 miles
-subdivisions; USRC 1.2, Oakville 38.1, Grimsby 43.1
-ownership; 23.6 GO, 58.8 CN
-total length(revenue service); 31.5 miles
-subdivisions; USRC 1.4, Kingston 18.4, GO 11.7
-ownership; 31.5 GO(100%), except for 1.0 CN to Pickering south?
Mar 2011 Kingston 314.0 to 332.4 = 18.4 miles = 299$ million
-total length(revenue service); 31.5 miles
-subdivisions; USRC 1.5, Galt 30.0
-ownership; 4.6 GO(15%), 26.9 CP
2000 USRC mile 0.0 to 1.5
unknown date Galt mile 1.5 to 4.6
-total length(revenue service); 62.7 miles
-subdivisions; USRC 1.6, Weston 15.4, Halton 13.0, Geulph 32.7
-ownership; 17.0 GO(27%), 13.0 CN, 32.7 GEXR (leased from CN)
2000 USRC mile 0.0 to 1.6
Apr 2009 Weston mile 1.6 to 17.0 = 15.4 miles = 160$ million
-total length(revenue service); 63.0 miles
-subdivisions; USRC 1.6, Weston 1.4, Newmarket 60.0
-ownership; 63.0 GO(100%)
unknown date Newmarket mile 15.5 to 62.8
Dec 2009 Newmarket mile 3.0 to 15.5 = 12.5 miles = 68$ million
-total length(revenue service); 21.0 miles
-subdivisions; USRC 1.9, Bala 19.1
-ownership; 16.1 GO(77%), 4.9 CN
Mar 2012 Bala mile 1.9 to 16.1 = 14.2 miles(+15.5 miles of the Oakville sub) = 310.5$ million
-total length(revenue service); 30.7 miles
-subdivisions; USRC 1.4, Kingston 6.8, Uxbridge 22.3, yard track 0.2
-ownership; 30.7 GO(100%)
unknown date Uxbridge mile 38.7 to 61.0 = 22.3 (section GO operates on, track past mile 38.7 is also owned by GO but leased to the York-Durhan heritage railway)
figures do not include duplicate miles for the Stouffville and Lakeshore East (8.2 miles) or the Kitchener & Barrie (3.0 miles) or the Lakeshore West and Niagara (37.3 miles)
year round revenue service - 270.5 miles,
with seasonal Niagara service - 315.6 miles
270.5 miles = 175.3 GO(65%), 32.7 GEXR(12%), 32.6 CN(12%), 29.9 CP(11%)
315.6 miles = 175.3 GO(56%), 77.8 CN(27%), 32.7 GEXR(10%), 29.9 CP(9%)
Historical analysis of track ownership
Ownership as of 1998;
213.6 miles = 11.7 GO(5%), 167.4 CN(78%), 34.5 CP(16%)
Ownership as of Oct 2007;
213.6 miles = 69.2 GO(32%), 114.5 CN(54%), 29.9 CP(14%)
Ownership of that same territory today;
213.6 miles = 151.7 GO(71%), 32.0 CN(15%), 29.9 CP(14%)
Cost of those purchases; 909.5$ million for 82.9 miles of mainline corridor
= 11 million per mile
Ownership of additional territory since Oct 2007;
102.0 miles = 45.7 CN(45%), 32.7 GERX(32%), 23.6 GO(23%)
Breakdown of line extensions since Dec 2007; 102.0 miles
-to Barrie Dec 2007 21.3 miles (GO)
-to Lincolnville Jan 2008; 2.1 miles(GO)
-to Niagara Jun 2009; 45.1 miles(CN)
-to Kitchener Dec 2011; 32.7 miles(GEXR) 0.6 (CN)
-to Allandale Jan 2012; 0.2 miles(GO)
Addition track purchases;
2010 CP Belleville sub (Don Branch) mile 209.4 to 206.4 = 3.0 miles
In other news, weekend Barrie and Niagara service starts on June 23rd & 22nd respectively.
Last edited by vegeta_skyline; 2012-Apr-27 at 20:39.
Thanks for the great summary, VS. Now that GO owns most of its corridors outright, it's time to start converting them to accommodate proper regional rail. Stouffville would be the easiest, since it's relatively short, has very little on-line freight traffic, and passes through heavily populated areas. Lakeshore, at least from Oakville to Oshawa, could also be a good candidate. Other routes will be more complex, either because of ownership issues or because they'd need a higher level of express service in addition to standard regional rail given their length. As an aside, CN has gotten quite the cash infusion from all these purchases.
As for the North Toronto Sub, I'd say the only real scenario would be to buy land from CP and possibly from neighbouring landowners to build a dedicated second pair of tracks. It would be a more complex project than most, but worth it in the end. Some areas would be tight, but most of the corridor would be able to fit the tracks without the need for much demolition. An alternative would be to re-route at least some of CP's traffic onto a different route, likely the CN freight bypass. Back in the day when they were talking about merging their eastern operations, there was some talk of consolidating all freight traffic onto the Halton/York subs and Mac Yard. The North Toronto sub would have been abandoned, presumably to transit service. That would have been a real benefit, but not worth the drawbacks of such a merger given the success that CN has since experienced.
http://urbantoronto.ca/forum/showthr...BBB-Architects), I wonder what coordination will occur with GO? I know that signal work and bridge replacement is currently under way along the Stouffville line, so it's not like GO is sitting on its hands, but at the same time my biggest fear (related to transit, anyway!) is that the arena opens in 2014 and service won't have been increased enough to handle passengers on event nights. At minimum, extra trains to events and several return trains would be needed. A tunnel or bridge would also be needed to connect the GO station to the west side of the tracks near where the arena will sit.
I'm of the mind that GO's wasting its time installing any system other than ERTMS. It's rapidly becoming the international standard, and anything else--particularly something cobbled together or homemade--is going to be less effective and incompatible with off-the-shelf equipment. That's especially true now that the Europeans have worked out most of the bugs for us.