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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Your math is roughly correct, though you need to schedule a lot more than 2 minutes at each terminal. But that doesn't change the answer - it is indeed possible for a single train shuttling back and forth to provide hourly service between Kitchener and Guelph. However, there are two main...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    That comment does suggest that some of the lengthened trains would be off-peak trains but based on my experience with off-peak Barrie trains I don't imagine much of the crowding is off-peak. Ridership has been steadily increasing but apart from during special events, it wasn't filling a 6-car...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Even on Barrie and Kitchener, the number of trains they can run during peak periods is at least double the current number, based on the September 2021 timetables...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Good ol' GO Transit, where not even filling 10-car double-decker trains is enough to warrant increasing frequency... Just a reminder that the below table is still accurate... Do Canadians think that the world's great S-Bahn/RER systems waited until they had this level of ridership before...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    It's frankly insane that UPX and GO still have separate Presto systems. They could easily integrate the UP Fares into the GO Presto system by making a separate fare zone for the UPX stations at Union and at Pearson. I don't know how Metrolinx expects us to trust them with integrating fare...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    It's not only a question of track capacity, it's also a question of operating cost. I'd rather we run a more cost-efficient system so that we can run more train service within a given operating budget. Trains which only run a single peak-period round trip per day are a very expensive per daily...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Could be. In which case the U-turn would need to occur in the intersection which is unfortunate from a pedestrian delay standpoint since the north half of the west crosswalk would no longer be able to display Walk during the eastbound left turn phase. It would be a fully-protected turn...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Then why is GO running 10 car trains?
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal has a massive web of elevated busways which enable a mind-boggling frequency of buses to connect to the Lincoln Tunnel. Toronto's Union Station simply doesn't need that level of bus infrastructure. Most of the GO buses currently using Union Station will...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    At the very least there should be announcements before each train stating how long it is, and encouraging passengers to look for corresponding markers on the platform. All they have now are occasional announcements to "look down the platform" to see how long the train is, and spread along the...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Yes we should. It costs a rail system far more to add capacity during the peak hour than during other times, since that's the service pattern around which the tracks need to be designed. If you run 8tph peak and 2 tph off-peak your line needs to be able to support 8tph. If you can spread out...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    At least those additional tracks are purely theoretical. In 2015, Metrolinx relocated a bunch of signals in Guelph onto the path of the second track which was already being planned at the time and is now under construction in 2022. See for example at the Yorkshire Street crossing: 2011: 2...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    An abandoned rail line near Union? Sounds like a jackpot to me...
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    Intercity Bus Services

    Which successors ran the route after Coach Canada abandoned it?
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    We are not talking about affordability here. We are talking about providing dirt cheap getaways to Niagara, which cause the Niagara trains to take money out of GO's operating budget rather than putting money into it. Meanwhile the GO system continues to have plenty of places/times with...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    The line still is majority double tracked. 52km out of 72 km (72%). The only portions which are single-tracked are east of Clifton (where most of CN's trains branch off anyway), and a 16.5 km segment between Grimsby and St Catharines. CN would presumably want to schedule meets at the Welland...
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    VIA Rail

    And to make matters worse, GO's Niagara trains are also missing from the VIA site, despite GO trains supposedly being available via their trip planner. Though maybe it's for the best, because if people knew they could take the 08:51 GO train to Niagara Falls for $5, they probably wouldn't spend...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    If they do what? In my suggestion, even beyond the $10 distance, the pass would still be 50% cheaper than a round trip on Presto. It's literally always worth it. I don't think specific areas should be excluded because people in those areas aren't necessarily going all the way to Toronto.
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    They could adjust the price of the pass based on the distance, given that you already need to fill in a specific route when you buy the pass. Maybe they could price it at $10 for most trips but above a certain normal ticket price the pass gets more expensive. Perhaps for routes where the 1-way...

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