Thought so about the years (2016, 2o17).I agree there should be an Hamilton stop for the NF train, but not going to happen until 2016 or 17 at the earliest. You got to have access at the east end to the mainline first to do it and on the book to be done.
So, West Harbour can be unmanned on the weekend, which improves economics even further.Once the Presto is fully used with TVM, you don't need anyone to man lightly use stations or 1-2 people helping people at TVM, not behind a glass window at heavy use stations. I saw only 1 station man for a system this past week and it was the main DT stations. All the rest had TVM on the platform or on the train.
No. They closed the Hamilton and Dundas stations in order to consolidate all of the services at a single brand new station - Aldershot.Didn't VIA close the Hamilton station in the first place because of low ridership between Hamilton and Niagara?
And yet the GO service to Niagara doesn't stop in Aldershot!No. They closed the Hamilton and Dundas stations in order to consolidate all of the services at a single brand new station - Aldershot.
Perhaps because they don't stop in Aldershot now?Mark, you know quite well that the track and platform currently in place at West Harbour does not make it conducive to stopping the Niagara Falls trains there. What makes you think once all of the work is done they won't?
Extra line to Bayview is not a pre-requisite for getting Niagara trains to stop at West Harbour. That work can be staged separately of the ability to stop the Niagara trains. Further work can optimize things like make the trains go faster -- raising the speed limits, etc.West Harbour in its current state is a storefront that was rushed into play for the Pan-Am games. The main line as it exists today is unfinished, with work (very expensive work, I might add) to add a main line over to Bayview. That will completely change speeds, capacity etc. The east-end switches for the station are a known item on the to-do list they just aren't finished.
I never said that.What makes you think once all of the work is done they won't?
Same.Personally I would be happy if the all-stops line just keeps getting longer, all the way to St Catherines.
Agree - it may actually be a blessing. It shortens the CN route, could have a little higher speed limits than CP, has fewer grades, and would be brand new civil works as opposed to maintaining the old stuff eg the Don Mills viaduct. It need not be fully double tracked, either - hence cheaper to operate. Of course, there would no longer be any opportunity for CP or CN to pass on costs to GO on either line.....we might discover that some creative accounting has been at work all along.An argument against the counterpoint.
The Freight Bypass isn't useless to freight companies.
Legally required? I would love to see someone try to expropriate this right from CN/CP. Scientifically proven safety standards can be adopted but that's about it.The freight bypass puts dangerous freight far away from a lot of Toronto residents, including the North Toronto subdivision. It may be legally required for the freight companies to relocate to this new freight line, provided it meets their satisfaction.
The problem with the CP line is that it goes through 45km of nothing before it reaches Cambridge (unlike Kitchener which goes through Guelph). The potential stops could be:Cambridge has always made sense to me. It's actually not far from Milton and Milton service will have to increase dramatically as it is the fastest growing city in the GTA in terms of percentage and that will continue.