Monday, February 18, 2019

I didn't get an invitation to this ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Courtice Park and Ride

In the past, Metrolinx has been great with sending me notices about station openings and ribbon cutting events. I went through three months of email and I am positive I don't have a media advisory on this.

I'm pretty angry. I would have liked to have been there to ask some questions about the service, accessibility and linking in local transit.

I can't help but feel this was deliberate.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A short note to those who take the 91 Newcastle bus


I'm a Courtice Park and Ride passenger. I know you loathe me. I know you loathe me because I've added 10 minutes to your already long commute. I know you'd prefer the park and ride had never been built. And, I also know that the 90 GO bus folks also hate the Ritson Road Park and Ride because it's completely changed how those buses run.

I honestly don't know what to say here. I realize that most days I'm one of five cars parked in the Courtice lot and that causes so much resentment. But you see, the point of expanding transit and building park and rides is to get people off the highways and arterial roads and onto buses. It also frees up parking at the Oshawa GO lot for those who really need it.

I dislike that I even have to DRIVE to the Park and Ride as there is no local transit that goes there. Nor can I walk or bike to it because it's located off a Regional Road with an 80 km/hr speed limit. It's too dangerous.

One day, we will have train service to Bowmanville and that may mean that many people won't ever have to take a bus again. In the meantime, please don't roll your eyes at me when I board the bus. Or, sigh loudly when I exit.

I'm not going anywhere and I really hope we can be friends.

Cj Smith

Friday, December 21, 2018

A note of appreciation from a Barrie passenger who has mobility issues

This morning I was walking a bit slower than usual to get on the Go train due to a later pick-up from home with York Region transit. As a result, I did not make it into the accessible coach where I usually sit. Therefore, I just got on any coach and sat down. About 15 minutes later, the Barrie Customer Service Ambassador (CSA) that makes the stop announcements on the train arriving at Union at 7:03 came walking through the train. When he reached the coach where I was sitting he says to me, "Good morning, can I help you through the train coaches, Daniella?"
My response? Don't mind if you do. As a result, he kindly helped me through the coaches until we got to the accessible coach.

 Barrie CSAs are awesome. To each and everyone of you, thank you for all you do, this passenger truly appreciates all your assistance.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Planning for the future at the Courtice Park and Ride? Because it's sure not for the present!

GLAD YOU ASKED (a pictorial)...

The parking lot and driveway are in place. Posts for lighting have been installed...

 But wait... What's that in the middle of the parking lot?

Let's zoom in...

Why it's a bicycle station! This is great but problematic. Currently the station is accessible from Courtice Rd which is a regional highway with an 80 km/hr speed limit. There are very narrow shoulders and NO. BIKE. LANES.

Look at that shoulder width! Would you bike this? Not me!

Here's Courtice Rd looking north. I've biked this stretch only a few times and never at night. Drivers aren't traveling at 80 km, more like 90... It's terrifying. Biking to the park and ride wouldn't be safe unless Metrolinx is working with the Region of Durham to install bike lanes?

I've sent Joe Neal, the regional councilor for Courtice a message via his office to call me to discuss this in the new year. Maybe he has some answers for how Go Transit passengers looking to cycle to the Park and Ride can do it safely.