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GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

ShonTron

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This has historically been a problem on some lines, like Stouffville though. Trips are much longer than they were 10-20 years ago because of all the new stops that have been added over the years. Even with faster electric trains, I wonder if we're only going to get back to the speed of 10 years ago for northern stops on the line after even more stops are added?
Centennial and Kennedy are new - but GO Transit too has been padding its schedules, especially with the late train guarantee. Schedules padded due to construction on the Georgetown/Kitchener corridor when the corridor widening, grade separations and West Toronto Diamond work were underway were not restored to their older, faster schedules.
 

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We don't know! GO Transit/Metrolinx is good at keeping us in the dark, if nothing else.
It's aggravating. Just had a friend move to north Brampton, and taking the GO bus is hell. I mean, a weekend Kitchener train to Mount Pleasant would make it so much easier and put me within walking distance, but even bus service from 407 station would be an astronomical improvement. Too much congestion on the Gardiner, 427, 401 ,410 and adjacent local streets.
 

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Before removing the station, ML should look at the impact it would have on Electric GO RER trains vs the current sluggish hulking bilevels, as well what impact on ridership the station would have if a walkway was made to Steeles ave, and the Steeles bus stopped at it.

Ontop of the fact that we may be getting a single fare for all transit in downtown Toronto, it would be a huge mistake to rip up the station, only to find out, whoops, theres demand in that area for one now that you can take a GO-RER train every 15 minutes with a single fare connected to TTC services, and the express rural trains bypass the station now so it had no effect after all on travel times.
The current York University GO Station is in the absolute middle of nowhere, and has no meaningful infrastructure worth saving. The entire station only cost $850K to build in the first place. You couldn't even maintain the station in service (i.e. add a platform on the second track) for that price.

If Metrolinx wants a station at Steeles, it will be an actual train station, not a walkway to the current bus-stop-on-steroids. And if they are building a station, they should be considering all the possible locations for a station. Personally I think that the long-proposed Concord station at Hwy 7 would be much more regionally beneficial, providing a direct connection from the Barrie line to the Viva BRT service as well as GO's Highway 407 corridor buses.
 

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Personally I think that the long-proposed Concord station at Hwy 7 would be much more regionally beneficial, providing a direct connection from the Barrie line to the Viva BRT service as well as GO's Highway 407 corridor buses.
Absolutely agreed. I live in Aurora and just today, I had an meeting shortly past noon in Oshawa adjacent to Oshawa GO, then a 6PM engagement downtown. I decided to avoid driving between 407 tolls, possible bad weather, and just the stress of taking the 401 into downtown, then having to drive all the way home very tired at night after a long day. I took the train from Aurora to Union, got breakfast, caught a train to Oshawa, got a ride to and from my meeting, then took the train back downtown and got picked up at Sheppard West in the evening (407 would have been more convenient). It would have been great if I could have gotten off the train at 7/407 and caught a GO 407 bus along the 407 and down the 412 to Oshawa instead, would have saved me the south/north backtracking on the trains.

In a few days I have something in the VMC area then something downtown. I would love to take the GO Train to Concord, catch the BRT a few stops west, then take the subway downtown. Instead I have to drive to VMC then either park somewhere and head downtown or bite the bullet and drive.

Concord GO would by no means revolutionize service for the majority of the line's riders, but it's a hell of a lot more useful than Steeles. And 407 GO bus riders could transfer there to RER trains downtown instead of taking the TYSSE milk run.
 

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That 'York U' station. Tried it on the anniversary of the blackout this year. The walk to Steeles & Petrolia is longer than I like. What on earth made them put it there.
 

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That 'York U' station. Tried it on the anniversary of the blackout this year. The walk to Steeles & Petrolia is longer than I like. What on earth made them put it there.
Shuttle bus for York U.

They're debating about closing the York U station once the extension occurs, since it won't be used much after then.
 

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