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GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

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also many of the stations are in the middle of nowhere and require a car to get there anyways. whats the point of driving to a station to take a train when one can just drive to their destination much more quickly?? the bloomington mausoleum is a prime example. who would go to that station in the middle of the day??
The solution, of course, is to make those stations easier to access by foot, and to add destinations there. Easier said than done though. It would require a change in land use (!) and transport policies.

Also, there's no service to Bloomington in the middle of the day. We literally spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on a parking garage that happens to have a train service attached.
 

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also many of the stations are in the middle of nowhere and require a car to get there anyways. whats the point of driving to a station to take a train when one can just drive to their destination much more quickly?? the bloomington mausoleum is a prime example. who would go to that station in the middle of the day??
They should be building high-rises with store front stores around the GO stations.
 

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Chicken or egg. Why would those non-rush hour trains be empty? The DVP, GEW and 400-series highways are packed with people going places throughout the day, clearly we’re on the move, but no one thinks a train will get them anywhere.
Are you suggesting that these highways are equally busy throughout the day? You may need to visit these highways during rush hours and mid day. Or better, use Google's traffic data. Try driving times from point A to point B during rush hours and during mid-day. You will find an objective answer.
 

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Guelph Central facing weather. Looks like they’re pile driving / drilling between Wilson and Wyndham street bridges.
 

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Agreed. We have a housing shortage. You can still accommodate the thousand car parking lot, integrated with the housing.
If they actually live around the GO stations, they would walk or ride their bicycles to the station. Without a need for parking of automobiles on real estate that could be used for housing.
 

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If they actually live around the GO stations, they would walk or ride their bicycles to the station. Without a need for parking of automobiles on real estate that could be used for housing.
You'd still need to accommodate the tens of thousands of existing suburban drivers coming to the station.
 

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Transit connections?
The GO Station IS the transit connection. If it’s not, then we need huge parking lots elsewhere at the other end of the transit connection. There’s no way we can get suburban SFH-dwelling downtown-destined commuters to entirely give up their cars, since they need them for getting around the suburbs anyway.

And, any connection between the parking lot and the GO train station had better be direct, rail based, no transfers. Once you force people onto buses to get to their GoTrain you’ve lost them. It needs to be convenient, pleasant and reliable.
 

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The GO Station IS the transit connection. If it’s not, then we need huge parking lots elsewhere at the other end of the transit connection. There’s no way we can get suburban SFH-dwelling downtown-destined commuters to entirely give up their cars, since they need them for getting around the suburbs anyway.

And, any connection between the parking lot and the GO train station had better be direct, rail based, no transfers. Once you force people onto buses to get to their GoTrain you’ve lost them. It needs to be convenient, pleasant and reliable.
Parking lots are already disappearing from former transit terminals. Happening with the parking lots around Islington Station. The key word is "slowly".

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The GO Station IS the transit connection. If it’s not, then we need huge parking lots elsewhere at the other end of the transit connection. There’s no way we can get suburban SFH-dwelling downtown-destined commuters to entirely give up their cars, since they need them for getting around the suburbs anyway.
Make the local transit out in the suburbs useable then.
 

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Make the local transit out in the suburbs useable then.
How? Unless we repossess everyone's property, flatten the suburbs and coerce everyone to move into high density housing and then build transit hubs up to each housing unit.... this ship has sailed. Look below, if you live on one of these cul de sacs and you work downtown Toronto, there's no way local transit (especially if we exclude buses) can get you to the Go Train station. And I exclude buses because I hate them, noisy, rattling, crowded, smelly things used only by the desperate, becrippled, schoolaged and poor. Even if we included buses, there's no way they could serve suburban daily GoTrain commuters in neighborhoods like those below.

Here's Ajax...

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Here's Milton...

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