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Friday, December 15, 2017

Has it been all for nothing? This blog? NOOOOOOOOOO ... despite the feigned ignorance at the Townhall, Metrolinx senior management are indeed aware of this website and my existence (you just need to catch up on Twitter)

This email.

from:rg xxxxxxxx@hotmail.com
to:"cj@thiscrazytrain.com"
date:Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 2:19 PM
subject:metrolix townhalls

Hi CJ

If I werre you I would be concerned that people who are supposed to be listening to their passengers would not know who the #1 GO train blogger is. Your own website claims the site is read by transit agencies and don't you think your honesty is now being questioned? Has it been all for nothing? 

Sincerely,
Raj

(Love the site by the way)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Barrie GO Train passengers to get a boost in service

Metrolinx is moving forward with our expansion and transformation of the GO Transit network with new and improved service on the Barrie corridor.

Starting December 30, Barrie line passengers will see new midday and evening service from Monday to Friday, in both directions between Aurora and Union Station, and more weekend service, too. There will also be extra morning, afternoon and late evening train service between Bradford GO Station and Union Station.

Customers will also have the opportunity to connect easily to the TTC subway at the new Downsview Park station. Downsview Park GO station is integrated with the TTC’s Line 1 subway expansion. All Barrie line trains will make stops at the new Downsview Park GO Station beginning December 30.

We are also opening a new GO bus terminal at the new Highway 407 Station on the TTC Line 1 subway extension to give customers better connections.

GO bus customers should check the new schedules as several routes are being realigned to serve the new Highway 407 Station on the TTC Line 1 extension.  There are also some changes to Barrie GO bus services to improve schedule reliability and provide better connections with expanded train service on the Barrie line. 

Key Facts:
·         GO will now run 230 train trips per week on the Barrie line, up from 118
·         Downsview Park GO Station is GO’s 66th station
·         There will be nearly six times as much service for passengers on the Barrie line as there was 10 years ago

For a summary of all service additions and schedule changes, visit gotransit.com/servicechanges.

Monday night, 11 passengers were trapped in an elevator at Whitby GO for close to 2 hours

You'd have to be a very fast runner, anyway

Is this GO bus message for dogs or people? #gotransit

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Interesting... GO Transit's fare evasion rate is less than 1% (as per a 2014 report)

Whoever has promoted the blog, I thank you

I haven't seen numbers like this on posts for well over a year....

Let's not forget about the other Ontario taxpayers who subsidize our commute

The woeful saga of switches and signals

Winter is just starting folks, and, due to mild winters since the last deep freeze of 2014, it appears Metrolinx has forgotten about GO Transit and its system.

This week has been unacceptable. Trespassing incidents aside, there is no excuse for shoddy maintenance or neglect. Asking passengers who pay close to $400 a month to get to work to have patience, and to continue have patience, is disrespectful. It is not fair to those of us who get into work one to two hours late, and then have to stay late to make up the time, only to face switch issues on the way home, whereas five hours of our day was spent commuting is... well, it's just plain wrong.

This was raised at the Townhall on Tuesday night and Metrolinx's management team accepted responsibility, admitted it wasn't right and pledged to do better. And on Twitter, Metrolinx's media spokesperson admitted there were failings. Accountability is important but admitting failure means striving to do better. We've got four more months of inclimate weather to get through. Winter comes every year. Winter happens in other countries with far more extensive commuter networks and their switches and signals operate quite fine.

Enough with bad winters, Metrolinx. Let's work on making winter on the GO better.

I also realized that at the end of the year board meeting for Metrolinx, there was no fare increase. Considering we got slammed in September, and with the woeful service issues this month, there would have been a full scale riot if they even tried to push one through for next February. We pay enough. We're also tired of learning about $100 million dollar cost overruns on Metrolinx projects. You can't have this kind of mismanagement of infrastructure and then come begging with your hand out to the passengers inconvenienced by these boondoggles *cough* Burlington *cough* for more money.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

‘Ask Metrolinx’ Town Hall Draws New Ideas, Shared Concerns

TORONTO: December 13, 2017 – Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster hosted the first “Ask Metrolinx” town hall on Tuesday night, giving the public an opportunity to put their questions about transit and transportation in the GTHA directly to both him and the senior management team.
Two-thirds of the questions were asked live by the audience in the room at Union Station and via our livestream feed. The other questions were chosen by the public from 170 submitted online. Senior leaders listened intently as interested community members shared their issues and concerns, their ideas and suggestions, and committed to a number of follow-up meetings in communities around the GTHA.

Topics included:
  • Dealing with service disruptions
  • Managing poorly performing contractors
  • Where fare dollars go
  • Electrification and hydrogen technology
  • New stations and accessibility
  • Parking (stop building parking structures or build more)
  • Noise mitigation both for service increases and construction

Town Hall by the numbers:
  • 170 questions were submitted online ahead of the event
  • 733 votes on their favourite question
  • 35 questions submitted through livestream
  • 75+ people attended the town hall
  • 100+ watched livestream

A video of the town hall will be posted online at metrolinxengage.com. All questions submitted will be answered over the coming weeks. In addition, Phil Verster committed to making the town halls a regular event to encourage public participation and feedback.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

‘Ask Metrolinx’ Town Hall an Opportunity to Engage with Senior Management

Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster is hosting the first “Ask Metrolinx” town hall to give the public direct access to both him and his senior management team to answer questions about transit and transportation in the GTHA.

This is an opportunity for our neighbours, customers and community members to engage directly with leaders at Metrolinx as we move forward with planning, building and operating the region’s transportation system. 

Here are the ways you can engage with us:
·         Questions can be submitted online at metrolinxengage.com – or asked in real-time (online or in-person).
·         Participants will have the opportunity to prioritize the questions submitted online by voting for their favourites at metrolinxengage.com the week leading up to the event.
·         The town hall can be attended in person or via live webcast.
·         A video of the town hall will be posted online after the event.

The team will be available to media following the questions from the public.
Date:               Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Time:             6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location:        97 Front Street West
                        Peter R. Smith Boardroom – 4th floor

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Renovations at GO Burlington hit the five year mark

Date:               Fri, 1 Dec 2017 21:07:52 -0500
To:                   cj@thiscrazytrain.com
From:              GO Voyageur
Subject:           December 1, 2017… Is it time to party?

Hi Cindy,

Well, it’s December 1, and that means but one thing — the renovation of Burlington GO station celebrates its fifth anniversary.  So, what to do?  Another premium cupcake from Longos, the finest Metrolinx-green china that Dollarama has to offer, a candle, et voilĂ !



I don’t see the solar panels planned for the roof.  Do you?

Construction pylons still litter the walk to the East tunnel.  An electrical extension cord snaked its way from the outlet, up the pillar, across the rafters, and into a work area behind temporary doors that have been there an eternity.  Two construction folk emerged from behind the doors to chat in the sunny corridor and then disappeared again.


One of the elevators to the West tunnel was not usable.  Hmmm… I didn’t actually test the other one.  My bad.


The foyer of this station is huge, but there isn’t much in the way of seating.  For those hoping for a cup of java on their way to work, dream on.  There are stories that a Tim Hortons location is coming (“soon”?).

Sorry, no party.  But the weather was beautiful!

Sincerely,

GV