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Anonymous's avatar
Feb 11, 2020 - 13:23

For more than a year there has been a carpool lot at ---- Hill Farms. It is never used and there are virtually no passengers using that stop. This change meant no GO bus connections to downtown Oshawa for express trains; basically one bus every hour. In light of the fact there is almost zero use of this new route diversion, would GO consider reinstating all the lost bus trips to downtown Oshawa?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 6, 2020 - 06:10

I see that two locations that are already pinch points today, Rouge Hill and Georgetown, aren't shown as part of the New Track and Facilities TPAP. Without expansion at these points, the previously planned service levels (about twice as many trains per hour as today) don't seem achievable. Have plans for RER service been scaled back?

Anonymous's avatar
Mar 2, 2020 - 08:51

In the service design chart, Hamilton GO Centre is shown with only one train per hour, down from today's two, while West Harbour keeps its recently added half-hourly service. This would be madness if true. Hamilton Centre serves over ten times as many riders as West Harbour!

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 11, 2020 - 12:39

What assurances can you give to the disabled members of the Bowmanville community who cannot drive that we will be easily able to work somewhere such a Toronto in the next decade without having to take over an hour worth of buses to get from Bowmanville to the Oshawa Go station?

Even currently working in Whitby it takes me 1.5 hours in the morning to get to work by bus (DRT 502, GO 90, DRT 900). I avoid transit in the afternoon (bothering friends and family for rides) because GO cut the 90 to once an hour

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 20, 2020 - 14:47

What is happening with the creation of a connected Oriole/Leslie station? This would significantly improve connections from Richmond Hill Line to the TTC subway while the TTC subway is being built north on Yonge St. to Highway 7.

Anonymous's avatar

Thank you for posting roll plans for almost all of the corridors! To me that represents a big step forward compared to Metrolinx's past EA studies in terms of letting the public understand the scale of planned work.

I found the plans confusing to read, however. In several places, new switches are shown, presumably connecting to new tangent track, but that track is nowhere to be seen, and in others, there are new switches drawn next to existing ones, and it's unclear if they are straight replacements or if they're additions meant to allow parallel crossover movements. And details like that are important, in the end, to understand how the track work is meant to handle planned service levels, and how much room there would be for expansion beyond those.

I would much appreciate a plan of the proposed track work in a clearer format, such as a schematic drawing, or maybe a textual description of each new, changed or removed signal plant.

Anonymous's avatar

The proposed Don Valley Layover Facility will use the Metrolinx-owned Don Branch. The Don Branch is also proposed to be used by VIA Rail Canada for its High Frequency Rail (HFR) project, which is currently in the planning phase. If the Metrolinx Layover facility is built, it seems like VIA will be blocked from using it to access CP Rail’s Midtown corridor.

My questions are: will the Don Valley Layover Facility prevent VIA HFR from using this corridor, and have VIA and Metrolinx discussed the impacts that this yard will have on the HFR project?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 11, 2020 - 09:41

Is it possible to make changes to the following in the meantime.

1) Make changes to the whitby go station to allow transit users to make a left turn toward the highway allowing better traffic flow.

2) Dig a tunnel to the second lot in oshawa on the west side allowing users to access that side without walking all the way to the opposite end of the train through the first lot.

Thank you

Anonymous's avatar

According to the latest media reports, the preferred route has been selected to use the existing CP Rail bridge over Hwy 401 to connect to the CP mainline east to Bowmanville. My question is: How are you planning to make this connection, while still using the existing GO spur and station building infrastructure in Oshawa? Currently, the only connection to the CP is via the CN yard located south of the Oshawa station. This would require extensive switching movements and by-pass the current GO station platform.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 6, 2020 - 14:17

How will the Oshawa GO train station layout look while constuction starts?
How will the station look after construction is done?
Will there be a tunnel that goes underground or over the train tracks to get to the northern train?
Will parking be effected during construction?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 29, 2020 - 11:43

I am wondering what can be done about the lack of parking @ Oshawa GO? There have been mornings where I’ve had to drive home and take a taxi back to the station because there Wasn’t any parking left at the overflow lot. I’ve head suggestions like carpool or park at the kiss and ride. Are there any plans to add additional parking spots?

Also, many days, there are loads of reserved spots left empty. I realize they can be used after 11 but I wish there were no reserved spots. Not everyone can afford this luxury and we are all paying for the train, equally.

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Anonymous
Feb 19, 2020 - 12:33

When will construction begin - please Give a specific date.....

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 11, 2020 - 13:51

When are you going to address the ongoing lack of parking at the Oshawa Go station?
Taking away parking spots to make them reserved is certainly not the answer.
Sad when you have to park by 6 am just to get a spot.

Anonymous's avatar

LOCAL ACCESS to METROLINX - Business Case STUDY REPORT - Bowmanville & Beyond Expansion - ? are the reports available at local Municipal Offices or LIBRARIES ??

Comment _AS a SENIOR living in a retirement Residence in Oshawa I don,t have good access to WEB Sites and a PRINTER to copy the nearly 90 pages of this FEB. 13 th ANNOUNCEMENT by MEDTROLINX of the preferred ALTERNATIVE ROUTE OPTION 1 of 4 or combination there-off.

QUESTION - as we all should well know , the local road network area around the CP route west Bowmanville STATION - HWY.2 / Martin Rd. - Bowmanville Ave. is currently very congested at times.? is / are METROLINX currently looking or will they be in developing updates to their TProject Assesment Report , into a GO RAIL extension to Hwy. 115 to permit / allow for the extension to Hwy. 115 in approx. 10 years or whatever time the Env. and Assessment Reports Expire. ???

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 24, 2020 - 23:04

? NOW that METROLINX with other Locals have again manipulated a alternative option for a route through OSHAWA to serve the former ---- HILL SITE along the CP corridor located 1.1 Km. north of the CN /VIA high speed corridor in central OSHAWA , how long will it take for the related construction to commence ? ??
and thereafter how long will it be before METROLINX / GO TRANSIT start running GO Trains to and from BOWMANVILLE ?

ACQUISITION by Expropriation of the former ---- Hill Farm site in approx. 2014 by Metrolinx - was this property along with the other ancillary Station , layover , etc. properties not premature or as otherwise stated " putting the cart before the horse ,s ' permitted in advance of receiving all the required Environmental , BUDGET, Construction and OPERATIONAL APPROVALS ???
Former Transport Minister the Honorable James Snow paid a price for similar premature action with respect to a MILTON ? HWY.401 Interchange.

? With the commencement of GO TRAIN Service from Bowmanville West and / or possibly Bowmanville East / Newcastle @ HWY. 115 , will there be any identifiable relieve on the TERMINUS Station Parking Lot capacity during the morning rush hours in OSHAWA ???

? IN consideration of Commuters/ passengers from Newtonville , Pt. Hope in the east, from Pontypool , Lindsay to the NORTH and Caven , Peterbough to the north east , how long can the capacity of the west central GO STATION in Bowmanville survive within the acquired properties before spilling onto local neighbourhood streets and mall parking lots. ???

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 19, 2020 - 10:52

My understanding is each GO train car can hold 162 seating customers and each train engine pulls 10 to 12 cars. Our backyard is the Go Train track located between Burlington and Aldershot stations. During off peak hours I watch trains pass by each way which are roughly 95% empty. There is a suggestion to increase the frequency of the trains servicing this line from 30 minutes to 15 minutes. First question - has an actual count been completed to confirm the expected increase of passengers between Aldershot and Oakville stations if the frequency were to increase. Second question - During off peak hours, could you create Oakville station as a transfer point and run a reduced size train, i.e. 3 cars versus 10 to 12, between Oakville and Aldershot/Hamilton. This could reduce overall diesel costs and possibly other costs.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 7, 2020 - 09:15

If the expansion is proposed from Oshawa to Bowmanville then why is the upcoming information meeting located in Whitby?