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Old September 23rd, 2005, 01:18 PM   #21
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But why pay so much money to downgrade GO Transit to LRT in the first place? This is what I don't understand.
When I suggested GO transit use DMU's, he thought I meant an LRT.
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 06:14 PM   #22
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These trains are really fast, I did a test to see how long it would take to travel across the GTA by local transit (YRT, TTC, Mississauga Transit, Oakville Transit) Markham - Oakville, took 4-5 hours.

Where GO took 2 hours but their frequency sucks.

We need a better GTA system
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 06:15 PM   #23
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soon i'll have to take these everyday once i move out of the ttc's range... =_='' markham.
Depends what time you'll be taking the trains, trains run rush hour only with 3 trains in the morning and in the afternoon.

And Markham has some TTC buses here and there :P And the Highway 7 YRT is pretty frequent
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 06:20 PM   #24
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i'm going to be around the 9th line and hwy 7 area... VIVA DOESN'T EVEN REACH ME (yet) hopefully once i move up there.. february it will actually get to the Cornell Stop... then i could take that to Markville and the GO train from there to downtown.
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Old October 25th, 2005, 10:25 AM   #25
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Torinto Go train question.

Hi folks,

I'm looking for some advice please.

Its about these bilevel GO trains from Toronto / Ontario.

Am I correct that passengers board the trains at the lower level, and must go up a few steps to reach the intermediate level and then up even more steps to reach the upper level?

also, as the entrance is at the lower level so are they easy to use by poeple in wheelchairs?

Finally, are these "gallery" cars?

("gallery" cars were designed with an upper level in the form of twin mezzanines running along both sides of the car, with an open area between them along the centre - so that the conductor can walk along on the lower level and reach up and check the tickets of the passengers seated on the upper level)

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Old October 25th, 2005, 10:46 AM   #26
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Yes, all passengers board on the lower level. There are stairs on both ends of each cab. First you rise half a stage, and there are some seats there. Then you rise another half stage to reach the upper deck.

I believe each train has at least one door with a ramp for wheelchair passengers.

I'm still not sure what a gallery car is, but for sure there is no opening on the upper deck that allows lower deck passenger access.

These types of trains are also in operation in Vancouver (West Coast Express) and I've seen photos of them in a number of US cities.
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Old October 25th, 2005, 09:36 PM   #27
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Never seen gallery cars in GO, not in operation nowadays anyway...
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Old October 25th, 2005, 10:10 PM   #28
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VIA uses gallery cars but not GO, they are more of a touristy thing.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 12:55 AM   #29
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Hi folks,

thanks for replies.

btw, re: bi-level gallery cars this website has many pics - one of which is below. This is a commercial website from people who rent out trains.

Simon

http://my.ais.net/~dbehr/

http://my.ais.net/~dbehr/7600PullmanPage2.html

http://my.ais.net/~dbehr/7600PullmanPhotoPage.html

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Old August 2nd, 2016, 10:38 PM   #30
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Metrolinx orders 125 Bombardier BiLevel coaches
02 Aug 2016





CANADA: Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area transport agency Metrolinx has exercised options worth C$428m for a further 125 Bombardier BiLevel double-deck coaches to accommodate expected ridership growth at GO Transit, the manufacturer announced on August 2.

Production at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant is scheduled to run from the second quarter of 2018 until the first quarter of 2020

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Old August 3rd, 2016, 02:25 AM   #31
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Nice!

Now they need to electrify the GO lines.
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Old August 5th, 2016, 12:45 PM   #32
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Toronto park plan for downtown railway
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Toronto is looking to follow in the footsteps of several other North American cities with proposals to deck over the top of railway lines in the city in order to create a future development site.

Named the Rail Deck Park, the city has produced plans for a new city park above Toronto’s western rail corridor, which runs from Bathurst Street to Blue Jays Way.

Similar solutions have been used in New York and Chicago. The City of Vancouver has also recently purchased the Arbutus rail corridor for a similar project

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This is something that was looked after since many years back in Toronto. Looks very promising!
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Old August 20th, 2016, 10:53 PM   #34
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Old August 21st, 2016, 04:18 AM   #35
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Those really are honking big trains.

GO rail is going thru a renaissance with all day 2 way 15 minute service on it's way and full electrification of the core system. 10 years ago Metrolinx only owned 10% of the track it ran on so it was at the mercy of the freight companies. Today it owns 80% of it's track with every lie being totally owned save one.

Huge extensions have taken place north and north-west of the city and now there are plans for extensions to Cambridge, Niagara, , potentially Brantford and Cobourg and a totally new route to Peterborough........this would take the GO network to about 650km with up to 50 new stations and a much needed expansion of Union Station.

GO will easily be the 2nd busiest commuter system in NA second only to NY.
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There will be added trains on the Milton line beginning 2016.09.03.

http://www.gotransit.com/Public/en/u...lechanges.aspx

http://www.gotransit.com/timetables/...16/Table21.pdf

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One new morning trip will depart Milton GO Station at 5:59 a.m., make all stops to Union Station and arrive at 7:00 a.m.

One new afternoon trip will depart Union Station at 5:55 p.m., make all stops to Milton GO Station and arrive at 6:54 p.m.

With the addition of the new trains, and to ease crowding on existing trips and provide a more consistent schedule, there will be time changes to some trips:

The 6:34 a.m. trip from Milton will now depart at 6:44 and times will be later at all stops with arrival at Union now 7:45 a.m. instead of 7:35.

The 4:35 p.m. 4:50, 5:05, 5:20, and 6:20 p.m. trips will all depart Union five-minutes later with arrivals at all stops also 5-minutes later.

The 7:04 p.m. trip from Union will instead depart at 7:10 and arrivals at all stops to Milton will also be 6-minutes later.

GO buses will change to continue to provide a connection to the changing trains.

Local transit systems are expected to change their schedules to connect to the changing trains.
However, trains continue to only run in peak hours in the peak direction. Off-peak and reverse commutes are still covered by coach.
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Metrolinx appoints Toronto RER rolling stock consultant
Monday, September 05, 2016



TORONTO and Hamilton transit authority Metrolinx has appointed CH2M as vehicle technology consultant for the Toronto Regional Express Rail (RER) project

CH2M will provide programme management and engineering services for the procurement of electric locomotives, dual-mode locomotives and EMUs

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The Richmond Hill line will be extended from Richmond Hill to Gormley station on 2016.12.05.







http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2016/11/...y-station-open
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The Richmond Hill line will be extended from Richmond Hill to Gormley station on 2016.12.05.







http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2016/11/...y-station-open
more photos of train station that opened yesterday:


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"Year-round weekend GO train service coming to Barrie Line"

http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/year-round-...line-1.3189878
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