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downtownordinary

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I wonder if GO is looking to position itself for more Cottage Country/north of Barrie bus connections. With some improvements to the Barrie Line already having taken place, and quite a few more underway or on the horizon, Allandale Station could very well become the transit gateway to Central Ontario.

Train up to Barrie, and then take a bus from there. Not very useful for taking the whole family to the cottage, but if someone is already up there and someone else wants to join (ex: a parent had some meetings so had to stay behind while the rest of the family went up), that could be a popular option.

I could see bus connections to Blue Mountain/Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, and Orillia being quite popular.
I've long thought that Allandale station would be a great spot for a gateway to cottage country. While more bus connections is always a positive I don't think it would work for most cottage goers/campers due to the inherent nature that they are spread out across Muskoka/Kawarthas and beyond. My dream is that a car rental company sets up at the station with opening hours that coincide with train times. (This would also be useful at Oshawa GO as well).
 

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I've long thought that Allandale station would be a great spot for a gateway to cottage country. While more bus connections is always a positive I don't think it would work for most cottage goers/campers due to the inherent nature that they are spread out across Muskoka/Kawarthas and beyond. My dream is that a car rental company sets up at the station with opening hours that coincide with train times. (This would also be useful at Oshawa GO as well).
I agree on both comments, the potential usefulness of the station, and the trouble of spread out destinations. I'll also add that people heading up to cottage country are generally carrying at least a trunk full of things (food, clothing, toys, etc) which can be difficult to lug around on a train/public transit.

Would Ontario be interested in developing the main cities in cottage country as destinations unto themselves? Thus drawing people in for 1 - 2 nights at a time. Say for example, Bala, Bracebridge, Parry Sound, Bancroft, etc, etc, etc. Creating a demand for hotel space in those towns which could be used as jumping off points for other activities in the area.

Or would cottagers bemoan the encroaching hoard of "crowds" into their quiet small cottage towns
 
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I've long thought that Allandale station would be a great spot for a gateway to cottage country. While more bus connections is always a positive I don't think it would work for most cottage goers/campers due to the inherent nature that they are spread out across Muskoka/Kawarthas and beyond. My dream is that a car rental company sets up at the station with opening hours that coincide with train times. (This would also be useful at Oshawa GO as well).
My thought was that the bus connections would be useful primarily to get to 'major' destinations where no additional trip is required. Wasaga Beach, Blue Mountain, Casino Rama, etc.

Beyond that, yes you're right that it would be very difficult for the initial cottage trip to use GO. It would be convenient however for people who are either showing up later or leaving earlier than the main group to be picked up or dropped off in Barrie instead of having to drive all the way down to the GTA.
 

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Could be a good time to do it now for the LRT station. Now is this also for the parking structure and buildings?


Port Credit GO – About 50 parking spaces closed in the southeast parking lot
Port Credit GO passengers: On July 23 and 24, about 50 parking spaces will be closed in the southeast parking lot adjacent to Hurontario Street. Our contractor will be drilling boreholes in the lot. We need to do this to work in preparation for future improvements at your station. There is still plenty of parking available for customers. Please be careful around construction equipment and fenced off areas until this work is complete.
Face coverings now mandatory on GO Transit.

Every day. Every train. Every bus. Every trip. Everyone.
At GO Transit, Safety Never Stops.​
 

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This page is now updated with the Kitchener Corridor TPAP for electrification between Georgetown and Kitchener.

 

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I agree on both comments, the potential usefulness of the station, and the trouble of spread out destinations. I'll also add that people heading up to cottage country are generally carrying at least a trunk full of things (food, clothing, toys, etc) which can be difficult to lug around on a train/public transit.

Would Ontario be interested in developing the main cities in cottage country as destinations unto themselves? Thus drawing people in for 1 - 2 nights at a time. Say for example, Bala, Bracebridge, Parry Sound, Bancroft, etc, etc, etc. Creating a demand for hotel space in those towns which could be used as jumping off points for other activities in the area.

Or would cottagers bemoan the encroaching hoard of "crowds" into their quiet small cottage towns
I'm not sure I see much of a provincial role, beyond the current assortment of regional development/municipal loans and grants. Other than provincial parks, the province has a history of being a fairly lousy tourist operator. Besides, all the prime real estate is privately owned.
There are already resorts and hotels in these areas. They range from pricier ones typically waterfront, particularly on the Muskoka 'big 3' lakes, that come with their own amenities and activities down the chain and ma-and-pa smaller ones, typically not on water and typically lacking much in the way of amenities. The challenge for most business in this area is making enough money in a few months to pay the bills for the whole year. There is a limited off-season market.
 

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Not surprise that plan schedule has now been move to Aug based on what I saw on July 1st


GO West Platform Relocation at Kennedy Station - August 17, 2020
What Work is Taking Place?
As part of GO Transit improvements at Kennedy GO Station, the existing GO Transit platform will be temporarily closed. Pedestrians will use the new GO Transit platform located across the existing tracks as early as August 17, 2020.

Pedestrians will be rerouted through the Kennedy TTC Station to the temporary new GO Transit platform (depicted below). Pedestrians can access the new platform through the south parking lot. Directional signage will be posted throughout the station in addition to on fencing on the platforms.
This configuration will remain in place for approximately one year.
Please expect a pedestrian detour at Kennedy Station and allow extra time for your journey during this period of time.
 

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Garage Mahal is coming along nicely.
Really a shame that despite the massive mausoleum of a station, the platforms are just a cheap hardly covered afterthought..... you'd think that with such a building the platform would be built inside the station but nope.....they just won't learn from the rest of the world how to build a modern train station
 

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^Check back in this thread and you will see renders of other planned stations from ML's "Delusions of Grandeur" period when Wynne and Del Duca were at the helm. This one actually squeaked through.

For that matter, when I look at the amount of double tracking that happened on this line since it was extended northwards from Richmond Hill, I wonder about the BCA analysis. On a per-rider basis, this line has attracted a lot of investment. How did that happen?

Wasn't it Toronto Councillor Holyday who muttered that anything more than a few concrete block shelters was overkill?

- Paul
 

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I'm not surprised Bloomington has a large garage. Seeing as it is currently surrounded by fields and the in-fill will be slow, if at all depending how the government treats the Moraine, the station is largely going to be fed by the surrounding area that can't be realistically served by municipal transit. I see it being an attractive driving or transit option for north Richmond Hill (Oak Ridges), south Aurora and possibly eastern Newmarket, as well as driving in from Queensville/Keswick, Beaverton, Uxbridge and surrounding rural areas.
 

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>attractive driving or transit option for north Richmond Hill (Oak Ridges), south Aurora and possibly eastern Newmarket, as well as driving in from Queensville/Keswick, Beaverton, Uxbridge and surrounding rural areas.

Boy do I have news for you: There is no local transit planned to connect to this station.
 

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