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Thats because those stations arent on the LakeMETROLINXShore Line. Gods gift and crown jewel to the world, according to Metrolinx. Cant wait for 1 minute frequencies on the line coming soon! Just one super long bilevel diesel that streches the entire length of the lakeshore system and constantly moves. We will just steal the trains from the other lines, no one uses those lines anyways, and those who do are heathens and ungodly.
This is 100 percent true 😂 How dare they only care for the Lake of the Shore of the GO,
 

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Ontario Adds New Express GO Trains on the Lakeshore East Line


April 16, 2019 10:00 A.M.
Ministry of Transportation

TORONTO—Today, Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek announced new express GO Train service on the Lakeshore East line that will offer more choice for transit users and commuters travelling from Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and Pickering starting tomorrow.
"Ontario's government is putting people first by investing in public transit to shorten commutes and get people moving faster, so that they can spend more time on what matters most to them," Yurek said.
The new express train service is in addition to improvements our government introduced including:

  • 15-minute midday service between Oshawa GO Station and Union Station from Monday to Friday, representing a total of 27 new train trips and a doubling of midday, weekday service.
  • The opening of new Park and Ride lots in Durham Region to make it easier for commuters and transit users in Oshawa and Courtice to connect with the GO Train at Oshawa GO.
  • Allowing kids 12 and under to ride free on GO Transit.

"By offering more trips when customers need them most, we're making GO an even better fit for our customers' busy lives," said Phil Verster, President and CEO of Metrolinx. "We are growing services for our customers every few months and we are committed to continuously improving how we serve the communities that rely on us each and every day."
"When we build and invest in transportation, we're getting people to work, to home, to friend, and family faster - these are the things that matter - making life easier and making Ontarians more productive," said Yurek.
Trip details:

  • A new weekday morning express GO Train leaving from Oshawa GO Station at 7:50 a.m., then serving Whitby, Ajax and Pickering GO stations before arriving at Union at 8:42 a.m. This train will have 12 cars.
  • The return trip will leave Union Station at 4:50 p.m., running express to Pickering GO Station, then stopping at Ajax and Whitby GO stations before arriving at Oshawa GO Station at 5:43 p.m. This train will also have 12 coaches.
 

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Ontario Adds New Express GO Trains on the Lakeshore East Line


April 16, 2019 10:00 A.M.
Ministry of Transportation

TORONTO—Today, Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek announced new express GO Train service on the Lakeshore East line that will offer more choice for transit users and commuters travelling from Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and Pickering starting tomorrow.
"Ontario's government is putting people first by investing in public transit to shorten commutes and get people moving faster, so that they can spend more time on what matters most to them," Yurek said.
The new express train service is in addition to improvements our government introduced including:

  • 15-minute midday service between Oshawa GO Station and Union Station from Monday to Friday, representing a total of 27 new train trips and a doubling of midday, weekday service.
  • The opening of new Park and Ride lots in Durham Region to make it easier for commuters and transit users in Oshawa and Courtice to connect with the GO Train at Oshawa GO.
  • Allowing kids 12 and under to ride free on GO Transit.
"By offering more trips when customers need them most, we're making GO an even better fit for our customers' busy lives," said Phil Verster, President and CEO of Metrolinx. "We are growing services for our customers every few months and we are committed to continuously improving how we serve the communities that rely on us each and every day."
"When we build and invest in transportation, we're getting people to work, to home, to friend, and family faster - these are the things that matter - making life easier and making Ontarians more productive," said Yurek.
Trip details:

  • A new weekday morning express GO Train leaving from Oshawa GO Station at 7:50 a.m., then serving Whitby, Ajax and Pickering GO stations before arriving at Union at 8:42 a.m. This train will have 12 cars.
  • The return trip will leave Union Station at 4:50 p.m., running express to Pickering GO Station, then stopping at Ajax and Whitby GO stations before arriving at Oshawa GO Station at 5:43 p.m. This train will also have 12 coaches.
:rolleyes:

1......count'em....err....it...............1 new express train getting the Del Duca treatment.

Look at all that verbiage for 1 new train......
 

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:rolleyes:

1......count'em....err....it...............1 new express train getting the Del Duca treatment.

Look at all that verbiage for 1 new train......
In defense of the Ministers, it is a very effective way of getting the word out to the general public. If people aren't aware of these changes that affect the system (and people on UrbanToronto unfortunately do not count: we're the outliers that go looking for this sort of stuff), the news media will not report on it, and no one will know that changes have arisen. Sure, we may not like the rhetoric of these ministers, but at the same time, they're appealing to the general population, and if the public understands that changes are occurring, those changes are more likely to be taken advantage of by said public.

I'd honestly be more annoyed by ministers touting the beginning of work on a pedestrian underpass at a station than a minister announcing a new express train. It's also worth noting that both ministers have announced single additions of trains in the past, with the rest of us here not taking not note of their announcement style.
 

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Is Metrolinx still looking at a potential GO station between Walkers Line and Cumberland Ave in Burlington? I noticed that it is specifically referred to as a potential future GO station in the Burlington Official Plan.
It was listed in their expansion plan station list, along with something like 50 other stations around the GTA. I don't think it even made the short list, yet alone the list of stations to actually be constructed.
 

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Late question posted by me for the upcoming Metrolinx Town Hall, but be sure to upvote if you want the answer as to why Metrolinx hasnt improved bus service within the City of Toronto. Usually I try not to toot my own horn, but in this case this is a very important issue:

More GO Bus Service within Toronto
 

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Service increase chart from Phil Verster's speech today. Video of it here:


Service increase chart from the 24:24 mark. It goes out to September 2020.

Looks like the next service increase comes in June.

Excellent Find! Thank You!


This chart shows the increases in service measured off the Sept '17 baseline.

The June increase is just shy of 5% more service which would be the largest increase since Sept '18

More notable is the massive increase contemplated for September of this year which will 9.3%.

For context, the largest increase in this chart is Sept '18 which was was 11.9% over baseline.

That was the addition of 15M service on LSE midday as well as big LSW improvements, added rush hour service and a new trip on Kitchener.

This chart also suggests there will be no service improvements between Sept '19 and April '20, and the next substantial improvement, after this September won't be till Sept '20 when an increase of 10% over baseline will be delivered.

Based on Verster's public promises/timelines, that last one is likely 2WAD to K-W.
 

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I'm hoping september will see full 15 min service on LSW, perhaps with Weekend service as well.

That or some better service on other lines.. I don't think the infrastructure is there yet for Stouffville or Barrie though to really add that much.
 

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More notable is the massive increase contemplated for September of this year which will 9.3%.

For context, the largest increase in this chart is Sept '18 which was was 11.9% over baseline.

That was the addition of 15M service on LSE midday as well as big LSW improvements, added rush hour service and a new trip on Kitchener.

This chart also suggests there will be no service improvements between Sept '19 and April '20, and the next substantial improvement, after this September won't be till Sept '20 when an increase of 10% over baseline will be delivered.

Based on Verster's public promises/timelines, that last one is likely 2WAD to K-W.
It's a bit hard to decypher the numbers on my screen, but it looks like the absolute numbers are

Current - 124M seat-miles per week
June 2019 - 129M Delta = + 5M
Sept 2019 - 138M Delta = +10M
June 2020 - 140M Delta = + 2M
Sept 2020 - 150M Delta = + 10M

A 12-car 1944-seat train making a 30 mile round trip five days a week represents 583,200 seat miles per week. Using that rough estimate, the increases would be

June 2019 - 8 round trips per week
Sept 2019 - 20 round trips per week
Sept 2020 - 20 round trips per week

That barely fills out the 2WAD service on the Barrie, Stouffville, and Bramalea lines to 7 days and 16 hours on all lines.

Of course, the number of seat miles will stretch further if 6-car or 8-car trains are assumed, but given that ML pushes the PR envelope at all times, I would expect their projection calcs assume 12-car trains just to make the seat-mile increase look more impressive. The number of increased trains is not that great.

I will be grateful for the added service, but I can't see this as some sort of bright future. I would also like to see some sort of stat about seatmiles per fleet vehicle per week. GO has done a great job of building up its fleet, but how is its per-car utilization doing? If we are adding fleet to get those numbers up, we are using up capital that could be used to lay track that enables more turnbacks and better fleet utilization.

- Paul
 
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