HAPPY 4TH ANNIVERSARY BURLINGTON #GOTRAIN STATION! Sorry @Metrolinx didn't get you anything to celebrate this construction delay, but I did! pic.twitter.com/Fu0r3SzLaU— CJ Smith (@ThisCrazyTrain) December 1, 2016
Special to This Crazy Train
By GO Voyageur
Saturday, December 1, 2012 6:55AM … I boarded the first Burlington bound GO bus in St. Catharines. Early morning pleasantries were exchange with the young driver, a report, who was unfamiliar to me.
We left the Fairview Mall stop promptly, as we did every other stop along the way. This driver’s timing was impeccable, like he’d driven the route frequently. He had no CAD/AVL to guide him — only a printed paddle sheet that was folded neatly and hung over the left side of the dashboard.
When we exited the QEW at Fairview St., I asked him, tongue in cheek, if he felt honoured being the first bus into the North bus loop at Burlington station. Stopped at the Maple Ave. intersection, he turned, gave me a quizzical look and stated there were no advisories regarding Burlington in GO’s route information system, which he had checked the night before. I told him I thought all Hamilton drivers knew that the South bus loop would be closed from that day to the following summer. That’s when he told me he was from the Oshawa garage. Neither Operations nor the Hamilton supervisor had updated him when he signed on for his shift. I chuckled and then proceeded to navigate him along Brant St., Plains Rd. East, and onto Queensway Dr. Coincidently, that very same day, TCT published a story about passengers assisting drivers.
Fast-forward to the present. December 1 marks the fourth anniversary that Burlington GO station officially became a disaster zone (IMO) — a disservice to fare paying passengers and frontline staff alike. Here is the current state of the South bus loop.
When will this boondoggle be finished? Here is a link to the construction notice posted earlier this year. You decide.
To the young driver I met four years ago — Sir Rodney of Brighton as we dubbed him on Route 12 — I trust all is well with you. It was a privilege to ride your bus that morning, and a couple of times thereafter, too.
Happy anniversary, indeed.