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    VIA Rail

    I think the entire system should be turned over to a private company and let them run the service and they would run it far more efficiently than VIA and would only offer the services where the ridership would warrant. We should follow the Brightline example in the US. The line between Miami and...
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    VIA Rail

    I don't because I live in Vancouver. VIA service to Vancouver is ridiculous and nobody uses it. If VIA was to shut down tomorrow NOBODY would notice and even fewer would care. The only reason it is maintained is for political reasons and that's the problem with VIA................politics...
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    VIA Rail

    You will have to explain that to the people of Calgary, Saskatoon, Victoria, and St.John's.................they didn't get the memo. I am NOT trying to blame VIA's horrible service on the administration itself. The reality is that VIA didn't have a chance to succeed as soon as it was created...
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    VIA Rail

    Probably true but surely to God she knew this before accepting the job. VIA is a political apparatus first and then a rail service provider. It is at the whim of Ottawa's finances and priorities which is why it is so slow, unreliable, and in 90% of the country, completely useless. I think...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    You know this entire "service" was designed by a Torontonian who has probably never been to London. They can't for the life of them fathom how people would actually go to London to work from it's suburbs or the service would reflect that. Everyone in London's suburbs commutes to Toronto, didn't...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    The demand for good transport connection from London is there. After the fall of Greyhound, 2 bus companies have moved in to take it's place. Megabus was first and ridership has been high enough {remember that this was even during the pandemic} that a second started operation...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Any answers about my question as to whether ML will begin an overall electrification of RER or will focus on one major route at a time to get at least one route electrified much quicker? As far as overall electrification, as long as the RER & UPX are electrified by 2026, I don't really see the...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Wynne's HSR line to London {little alone Windsor} was nothing more than a plan written on the back of a napkin a couple months before the election. HSR to Windsor would be nice but not really necessary. If VIA would invest in track twinning and overpasses and offer a Windsor/London/Union...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    VIA's Cinderella was invited to the party but she decided not to come. The GO/VIA discussion is natural as GO continues to spread further out due to the absence of VIA. If VIA provided an affordable, fast, frequent, and reliable service to SWO then GO wouldn't be expanded into it. VIA has...
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    Transit Fantasy Maps

    If the HFR goes thru then I think VIA will basically become nothing more than a Tor/QC service with the very pathetic service outside that Corridor just to keep the hinterland politicians happy. It will be viable for SWO ONLY if HFR is extended to Windsor but if they don't I can see GO simply...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Although logically that makes sense it makes you realize what a stupid service London GO is when it has no GO buses and then decides to run one huge train a day that it FAR slower than a bus would be.
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I'm curious..........when it comes to GO expansion why is Brantford never considered? It has a rail line going right to it's downtown and Paris. It has 150,000 people and such a service would also get Brantford to Hamilton commuters and a stop at Dundas would also serve McMaster. It would be...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    I'm curious as to how they are going to electrify the service over the next few years. Are they going to concentrate on a couple key lines or try doing them all at the same time and basically opening them all at once? I hope they don't do the latter. Yes, they can work on other sections but I...
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    VIA Rail

    For those of you who think I'm nuts for stating hydrogen is the future for non-catenary VIA...............................CP has just announced, www.H2-view.com , that they have contracted ATCO to build 2 hydrogen refueling centres in Alberta. They will be in Cal/Edm and will be green hydrogen...
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    GTHA Transit Fare Integration

    Remember also that this stupid $1 fare crap would not only effect the GTA but also the entire province making it vastly more expensive. A far better idea is to increase funding for the existing systems, provide full fare integration across the whole province so your monthly pass you bought in...
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    GTHA Transit Fare Integration

    Never thought I would say this but I hope Ford wins another majority. Despite his right-wing mouth, he has governed in a very centrist way. As for urbanites, Ontario cities have never had it so good. He has dedicated more resources to urban transit than the Liberals & NDP ever did. Funnily...
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    GTHA Transit Fare Integration

    Wow, the Liberals really are getting desperate. I guess you can promise anything when you know you haven't got a hope in hell of winning.
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    VIA Rail

    This thread is is about VIA rail and, contrary to what some of you may think, there are people in Canada who do not live between QC & Toronto. Bio-fuels are also an option for the the rest of the country outside the cherished Corridor {London/Windsor excepted} but outside To/QC I don't think so...
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    VIA Rail

    VIA is going to have to de-carbonize it's entire network and the only way to do it is hydrogen. Can you imagine VIA putting up 7,000 km of catenary? This is why, even if they electrify the Tor-QC portion, they are going to have to go hydrogen with the entire rest of the country. This will be...
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    VIA Rail

    I think VIA will eventually abdicate the entire London-KW-Toronto route to GO and put all it's focus on the much more profitable and direct Windsor-London-Oakville route. Whether that's a good thing is yet to be seen. VIA doesn't seem the least bit interested in improving service. VIA will...

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