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Metrolinx Town Hall, February 5, 2020

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Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 10:35

At the last Town Hall meeting in Scarborough, Mr. Veester advised through a question from the floor, that Metrolinx is working in lock step with Durham Region and has been in discussions/negotiations with CP Rail for a period of time in order to complete the business case for the best alignment option. A study undertaken by N. Barry Lyons Consultants completed for Durham Region has made it clear from a number of perspectives that the option that proceeds on the CP line provides the most economic spinoff for the communities as well as provides significant development options that provide for and enhance Transit Oriented Development (TOD) within stations identified. When will the business case be completed and a decision be made on the GO East Expansion to Bowmanville?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 21, 2020 - 22:45

What is Metrolinx planning to do in regards with fare integration between transit agencies, especially with the TTC? The TTC-GO discount is ending on March 31st which will only encourage more people to park at GO station or give up on GO transit at all and drive all the way. What is the progress on fully-integrated fares (not just using one single card, but the fare system itself) for all transit in the GTHA and what is Metrolinx's next step on fare integration?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 20, 2020 - 21:08

Intercity bus service is a priority in the southwestern Ontario transportation plan. When will GO Transit start running intercity routes connecting cities such as a Hamilton-Cambridge-Guelph route?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 28, 2020 - 14:37

Please consider treating Hamilton Downtown as a second hub for GO transit service (in addition to Union Station). Many companies are moving to Hamilton, because of considerably lower housing costs and access to a young & talented workforce. I've seen 2 high tech company announcements moving facilities to Hamilton in the past 24 hours, with many more likely to come. When will quick and frequent access into Hamilton be made a priority, with consideration of high volumes of travel in both directions on the Lakeshore West line?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 27, 2020 - 15:52

There is no reason why there should be any two cities in Southwestern Ontario that cannot be easily traveled between via GO/Metrolinx. Having to bus from Hamilton to Mississauga in order to get to Guelph or Kitchener-Waterloo, a total trip time of over 2 hours, is completely unacceptable. People are not just trying to get to Toronto or the GTA and this is not being fully addressed.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 27, 2020 - 13:26

There has been a lot of talk over the last several years regarding the electrification of the GO corridors but not much seems to be happening with this. When can we expect to see the GO train service electrified?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 22, 2020 - 12:10

There are 252 working days in 2020, costing a commuter from Appleby to Union each day over $5,000 annually already.

How can Metrolinx justify the additional cost to tax payers as well as the implementation of paid parking at GO stations without setting up proper infrastructure to provide commuters with alternatives to get to the GO station (ie. shuttles, local transit, discounted Uber pools)?

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Anonymous
Jan 20, 2020 - 12:06

When will Hamilton receive all day and weekend train service?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 20, 2020 - 13:06

There were water fountains at the Hamilton Go Centre over a decade ago that were removed due to vandalism. Can Metrolinx provide a replacement fountain and water bottle filling station to replace this missing infrastructure? This is a small, yet easily achievable task that would provide an invaluable resource back to the public and support environmental sustainability in the 21st century.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 27, 2020 - 12:41

Can you please put blue seats back instead of green seats, which are very uncomfortable? Passenger stand instead of sitting on green seat. Senior management team and all executives should sit in express train in morning and evening at all go stations for 2 weeks, go through stations, and see parking lots. Then you will know what passengers feel.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 23, 2020 - 13:55

When will Metrolinx put in Go Train service in Grimsby? If yes, where will it be situated?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 28, 2020 - 14:23

Another thing that was highlighted in the 2008 Big Move report was Priority Action #4, "Complete walking and cycling networks with bike-sharing programs". Since that time, we have added no facilities to enable residents to access GO stations by bicycle. How is Metrolinx going to support local municipalities (City of Burlington & Halton Region) in delivering these connections in the near-term? What is Metrolinx' budget for active transportation infrastructure?

You are investing millions of dollars into parking lots, but comparatively little (perhaps zero) in enabling connections by cycling and walking. Doing this would save our province millions of dollars vs. expanding to handle more cars! When are we going to have safe, comfortable protected cycling routes connecting residents with the GO stations in Burlington?

Anonymous's avatar

Word is that you're shying away from introducing parking fees after reactions to the news. Please don't! The idea deserves serious consideration, especially in a form that would simply decouple parking-related costs from fares, with no or minimal increase to the total paid by someone who parks at their station.

If paid parking is off the table (again), how about a 20¢ to 30¢ fare increase across the board, in exchange for fully free transfers to local transit? Though with the TTC co-fare being cut back soon, it seems like new co-fares aren't likely either, which is a shame.

Anyhow, parking lots can't expand forever and now is the right time to start changing how people get to stations.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 23, 2020 - 10:23

My question pertains specifically to the Burlington GO station and its lack of shelter around the bus loop. At present there is a useless roof spanning the perimeter that MAY protect you from a light drizzle, falling straight down.. If you stand dead in the centre of it. There is no acceptable protection from heavy rain... Snow.... Harsh winds etc. Now, you've built a very nice building that many of us waiting for city buses can't utilize for a shelter because if your bus is far from that building you may not be able to get to it before it leaves on you and since the buses won't stop on the inner part of the loop to pick up someone flagging them it leaves passengers with no options but to remain outside unprotected. This is particularly unacceptable since many bus users are elderly, have small children or infirmities... They should especially not be forced to rake in a downpour where they can't easily reach cover. What does Metrolinx intend to do to fix this?

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Anonymous
Jan 26, 2020 - 16:06

I feel like Metrolinx has such a habit of being opaque that even when laying things bare would result in empathy and understanding from the public, you reach for vagueness or misdirection. Consider a few examples (by no means representative):

* https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/comment/3500 -- As I understand it, the schedule that this poster is suggesting, with shorter layovers and four rather than five trains in service, was actually tested before the line opened and didn't prove reliable enough. Yet the answer skirts around the schedule issue and focuses on fleet availability, why is that? There shouldn't be any shame in showing that you've done your homework.

* https://twitter.com/GOtransitST/status/1190744201111187458 -- I wonder how comforting the "train traffic" reason was to people on this train, sitting next to an empty track for 15 minutes, only to see a Lakeshore train scheduled after theirs overtake them in the same direction? There used to be a nice reason phrase for happenings like this: "operational error". I've heard that CN's offices are a bit understaffed and that they probably didn't have time to go through the formalities of resetting a signal to stop. It would have been much less confusing, not to mention more authentic, to just announce that on the two affected trains.

* Nearly every tweet on the UP Express account is either "you may experience a longer wait than usual" or "trains will operate only half hourly". Why are these so vague? What would be useful for someone looking to make a connection at either end of the line, is which trips are estimated to be delayed or cancelled. This information obviously exists, as it's posted on signs at the platforms, so why not give it to those who haven't arrived at their station yet?

What plans do you have to minimize lapses in transparency like these?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 27, 2020 - 20:37

Metrolinx own a large piece of land on the north side of the Oakville GO station. Are there any plans to develop this property? and if so when?

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Anonymous
Jan 28, 2020 - 14:43

The following was copied from the "The Big Move" Transforming Transportation in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area report:

"A GROWING WALKING AND CYCLING NETWORK
By the 15-year mark of the RTP, as much as $300 million will have been invested in new walking
and cycling infrastructure across the region, creating up to 4,500 kilometres of new, dedicated,
on- and off-road facilities, including new facilities to overcome barriers such as 400-series
highways, rail corridors and major rivers, and missing sidewalks on major roads. New policies and
programs will have created environments that encourage walking and cycling throughout
the GTHA"

So far we are at the 12 year mark. How much of that $300 million has been invested in new walking and cycling infrastructure? What new policies and programs have been created to encourage walking and cycling throughout the GTA? What barriers to cycling and walking have been overcome to date?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 26, 2020 - 09:37

It's been years since GO removed paper schedules from stations, but the digital screens that were supposed to replace them still show only train departures. When will the screens finally show bus departures? This is particularly important on the Milton line where almost all service is run with buses.

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

In the year 2020, it is ridiculous that there are almost no direct connections from Toronto to Hamilton via GO Train. As a daily commuter from Oakville to Hamilton, transit is not an option for me - it would take me travelling on a bus, a train and another bus, totalling over 90 minutes of travel one way. When can we expect a resolution to this problem? The city of Hamilton is cut off from the rest of the GTA by train and would benefit massively from a direct GO train connection. Thanks in advance for considering my question.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 28, 2020 - 14:15

The Big Move in 2008 had plans for rapid transit in Burlington, including electrification of GO transit Lakeshore West line, a BRT service, and Express Bus on Brant Street connecting Dundas St. to Downtown Burlington. 12 years later, we see none of these plans have actually been announced with a delivery timetable. What conditions are necessary for Metrolinx to begin planning and construction for these transit services in the City of Burlington?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 22, 2020 - 13:33

Fares continue to increase higher than the rate of inflation and the Lakeshore west trains and platforms are dangerously overcrowded. Now we read about further hikes via paid parking which will effectively make transit more expensive than driving. What are metrolinx's plans to address these overcrowded trains and deliver the services more efficiently?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 22, 2020 - 12:10

My question is regarding the proposed end to free parking at GO Stations. I live 6 km from the Aldershot GO station -- this is 7 minutes by car, but 30 minutes if I walk to the bus stop, and take the bus (if the Burlington Transit bus arrives on time, which is never guaranteed). I can actually drive myself to and from my work (in Toronto) faster, but I choose to take the GO Train; partially because it allows me to read a book or relax, but also to do my part in reducing emissions and cutting down on traffic. If I have to pay to park at the GO Station, I will simply drive to and from Toronto, and I presume many in a situation like mine would do the same. Is this not counter-productive? If you want to increase ridership, free parking is a necessary evil.

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Anonymous
Jan 28, 2020 - 14:32

Just a note of support for paid parking. As the number of GO passengers increases, it will cost a tremendous amount of money to buy the land and build parking facilities to store all the cars. Train passengers, especially those who do not require car storage, should not be subsidizing the cost of car storage. The fares paid by GO passengers should be split between the cost of the train ticket, and the cost of parking a vehicle. Agree with some that the cost is already considerably high, there should be a financial incentive to leave the car at home. Increasing transit connections to & from the LW line is needed, Metrolinx should work closely with and help fund local transit infrastructure to serve the stations. Providing sidewalks and cycle tracks connecting to the station with major residential areas will also help (and be much cheaper than building parking garages).

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 22, 2020 - 12:16

Could you please let me know when the Centinnial station would be functional and Go trains will have stops at this station. Thank you.

Anonymous's avatar

Are there any plans of adding non-stop rush-hour service from Burlington to Union in the morning and back to Burlington in the afternoon/evening? For many people, this would be a definite game changer in favour of taking the GO .

Anonymous's avatar

Anonymous
Jan 20, 2020 - 11:43

When will Hamilton receive regular/frequent all day GO train service to/ from Toronto? When will said service come to Confederation GO station?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 20, 2020 - 10:02

Hello Sir/ Madam,

Will the new stations constructed for the Ontario Line have bus and streetcar terminals within the fare paid area? This project has a great deal of potential to reduce travel times between areas east and west of downtown and the financial district. Efficient connections with surface routes like those offered at St. Clair and St. Clair West Stations would increase the utility of the new line.

Thank you for your time,

Charlie

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Anonymous
Jan 29, 2020 - 09:28

Can we have a solid deadline for when the connection between the subway and UP express will be completed? Not having this connection needlessly frustrates travellers and makes Toronto unfriendly for tourists.

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Anonymous
Jan 27, 2020 - 14:21

Hi, when can we expect improvements to begin at Maple station? We were promised a parking garage, second track, grade separation at McNaughton, when, if at all will these improvements materialize? The condo construction has impeded egress from the main lot for a long time and the spots being taken over for construction of the retaining wall has gone on a lot longer than promised. As one of the busiest stations on the Barrie Line, we need these improvements ASAP

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 27, 2020 - 21:09

As review plans, and assess costs, in preparation to present to our politicians, could you also post each plan online, along with cost estimates, maps, etc; so that the public could also see whats possible, and pressure our politicians?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 27, 2020 - 20:16

Please consider the possibility of a direct bus connection between Hamilton-Aldershot-Guelph on Hwy 6. There are any commuters between these two points, and there are no reasonable transit options available.

Anonymous's avatar

Will you consider feedback on the new train seats? The green chairs (vs the blue seats) seem to be badly designed. Not for people of average to tall height. Knees touch / less personal space than the old chairs. So many people seem less comfortable (physically and space-wise) in the new chairs. Wondering if you took size diversity into account with this change?

Also means less seating during rush hour -- The new cars have four less seats in the middle coaches in the mid level? Seems unwise to have less seats than previously?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 20, 2020 - 15:45

The provision of parking aat GO stations is expensive and real estate intensive.
Might the provision of funds to local municipalities to improve local transit to GO stations be better use of the monies?
GO users are already transit savvy, many use GO and TTC so the provision of local transit at the home end of the journey is likely to be easily adopted.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 30, 2020 - 08:18

Given the 15' 11" overall height of the existing Bi-level vehicles would electrical clearances permit classic overhead catenaries to be used at Union Station? If not, could a solid contact wire be employed? If overhead wires cannot safely be used, would electro-diesels as used around Montreal be the solution? Noting that from the outset Bi-level vehicles were designed to accept pantographs, could such vehicles accept propulsion controls and drive systems?

SilverT's avatar
Jan 29, 2020 - 15:26

Many Lakeshore trains don't end their trips at Union - the serve stations on both the Lakeshore West and Lakeshore East lines. This is useful. However, the departure boards at the station always show trips ending at Union, even when they don't.
Could GO show the actual destinations for trains that travel past Union?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 30, 2020 - 14:49

Why are the elevators down so often? And for weeks at a time? If they are down, an alternative service should be available for those of us who need access and Aldershot and Appleby are not an option because they don't have covered disabled parking. Also, several weeks ago, I shared the following suggestion with one of your phone service representatives: that you post a sign on the North end doors to alert users that the elevator is down before they have to struggle down the stairs only to find out that the elevator downstairs does not work. Thank heavens for the other paying customers who help me with my briefcase when the stairs are my only option.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 20, 2020 - 12:02

Congestion along HWY 10 / 410 is getting worse and worse. What are the plans for expanded rail service through Orangeville to help lighten the travel times?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 3, 2020 - 17:52

When will more express trains be added to Lakeshore West? The trains from union at 5:30 and 6:00 are standing room only. Would you consider adding a 5:45 express train?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 29, 2020 - 11:55

Hello,
We are looking to have the train services to Confederation Station at Stoney Creek. Please let us know when the station will be completed and the train services will start?
Thank you

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 28, 2020 - 09:08

When do you plan to have train service to Confederation GO Station?

Anonymous's avatar

Access to good, reliable and frequent public transit is a necessity - for many stakeholders, including the environment (cars off the roads), reduced traffic congestion (more efficient mobility), for increasing ridership (making public transit more viable), etc. it is also very important for commuters – rising housing prices in Toronto and the GTA, are pushing more and more families away towards the Hamilton and Niagara areas. Commuters need reduced commuting time, reduced stress. The research is there to support the benefits of each of these.

Please explain how the current government's ill conceived contemplated policy of charging for parking for many spots at Go Stations is going to do anything to encourage / increase the use of public transit and get cars off the roads?

The Aldershot Go station parking is horrible - if you are not there by 7:30 am you waste significant time searching for a spot, and then any time after 8:00 am during the work week there are no spots available. The government sold off property that was used for extra parking to developers. When is a parking garage going to be built at the Aldershot Go Station? It is already 2 years too late, as it should have been constructed prior to selling off the property to developers. The Aldershot Go station is also used for Via Rail, and again, lack of parking is a significant barrier to use. This station is not just used for working commuters. It’s students, families going to a concert, game or museum in Toronto. Just ask your Go Transit staff – they know, they deal with frustrated customers every day.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 12:05

I would like to know, of the Senior Management Staff... who uses GO Transit to commute to and from work on a daily basis. I feel it is important that the people making decisions and policy, actually use the service in order to better understand the concerns of the daily commuter. And if you are not using the service daily... why not?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 31, 2020 - 06:13

There used to be a city bus at the Aldershot Go that would leave from the Go Station and travel west towards the RBG. Although it was only available until 8 p.m. (which we found terrible) now it's been taken away completely. Now we have to take a bus to Plains Road and then wait for another bus to go west. Very inconvenient especially in cold weather.

Why can't there be a city bus that stops at the Aldershot Go and which goes right on Plains Road. There are many people who live out that way and it feels like we have been shafted.

Daniel B's avatar
Jan 20, 2020 - 11:44

When Confederation GO completes will we see more trains to and from Aldershot to West Harbor GO?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 3, 2020 - 16:01

When will there be trains from Confederation GO in Stoney Creek, to Union?? It's ridiculous to have to drive to Burlington GO to catch the train downtown. 40 minutes every morning. Not OK!!!!!

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 1, 2020 - 18:49

I noticed when reviewing the panels and talking to staff that something was missing in the partnership section. You include Public (Metrolinx, prov. gov. agencies), Private (contractors, corporate) but no other. You should include Community (citizen groups, user groups, universities, etc.) into the conversation at a higher level. This is a missing component in developing a multi-billion dollar project.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 10:11

With regards to the potentiality of Metrolinx charging for parking at its GO lots, the assumption is that all fares paid to ride on GO trains/buses includes all operating costs. Part of the operating cost is the building and maintenance of GO lots. If riders are now going to be charged to park at GO lots will the parking cost be reduced from the daily fares? Otherwise charging for parking is nothing more than a cash grab.

Anonymous's avatar

When will Confederation GO have train service?? I live just south of Stoney Creek and work downtown Toronto and my only option for a train to Union, is Burlington GO at this time. That means a long drive in traffic to the GO station every morning, when I could just take the train from Confederation GO, if it was available!

Anonymous's avatar

The construction has limited Eglinton to one lane in each direction for years. First, when they dug the tunnel, and now when work goes in spurts. I asked at the meeting about the closure of Leslie at Eglinton this summer, if Eglinton would be restored to full width (and bike lanes) west of Leslie after the closure and was told that it would be. That's not been the case. There is a perpetual back-up for transit and a mess for traffic, cyclists, and pedestrians. Why is this not getting done as promised? When will Eglinton re-open?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 12:59

One of the objectives of public transit is to reduce cars on roads. How will this be accomplished but greatly increasing the cost of transit by adding a parking fee? Shouldn't there be improvements to other travel infrastructure, eg, safe and year round bike lanes to stations, before implementing something that will discourage rather than encourage transit usage?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 12:40

Good afternoon,

GO bus services were cancelled to the Cambridge region recently. This makes travelling into Toronto impossible for people that are unable to drive to the GO station at Aldershot. What are GO Transits plans for bringing service back to this area? It is a growing community with many condos currently in development, which means more people will need to access reliable transit into the GTA. Please consider reinstating services to provide accessibility for the people of this region.

Thank you,

Crystal

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 3, 2020 - 15:59

I am wondering when there will be train service from Confederation GO to Union?
Also - am wondering, because I drive 35 minutes to Burlington GO now to get to Union, how to make sure that I am not charged for Parking at Burlington GO. I do not have a transit option to get there.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 1, 2020 - 11:32

Will they be job opportunities available at the Finch west lrt ? When will the recruiting begin ?
Thank you.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 31, 2020 - 17:17

How is Metrolinx going to engage in values-based, responsible development activity at GO sites? And how are local municipal governments being engaged?

Anonymous's avatar

Hi, is there any confirmed date of when the go train will be servicing the Confederation Go station on Centennial in Stoney Creek?
Thank you

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 19:26

Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster stated in a recent interview with the Toronto Star that ridership on GO transit in the GTA will triple over the next ten years. How will Metrolinx meet increased demand so that trains aren’t travelling over capacity, and what measures will Metrolinx put in place to ensure that fares remain affordable for commuters?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 15:13

We need more politicians who act like Dough Ford, Dan Carter. Never mind all the rhetoric ... LET'S GO!! While I remain absolutely skeptical of any date remotely close to 2024, I still hold onto a floundering sense of wishful hope that we will eventually grow up to be a big city, with transit and infrastructure that at least dips it's toes into the 21st century. Bye for now though. Alas I must go stand in line to correct yet another issue with my Prestocard.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 3, 2020 - 13:09

Is there any possibility of adding change rooms to GO stations? Most days of the year are too hot, too cold, or too wet to reasonably allow biking to the GO station in office clothes - so adding simple changing facilities to the stations would make cycling far more appealing. Most existing washroom facilities are too small (or too) few for changing clothes. Is this being considered? Here's hoping! Thank you.

Anonymous's avatar

The pedestrian walkway located on the East Side of Allen Road, going South to Eglinton West has been closed off ever since the LRT construction started. Will it be opened up again once the construction is finished? If yes - then when???
I live 2 blocks North of Eglinton West at the end of the Street and it used to take me 5 min. to get to the subway. Now it takes 20 min. Very difficult for pedestrians, especially when old.....

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 22, 2020 - 13:23

How are we to help the parking situation by taking public transit to the station when Burlington Transit provides 2 busses in the morning and 2 on the evening through our neighborhood?

Anonymous's avatar

Anonymous
Jan 30, 2020 - 21:48

Why are you investing in old technology the Hooverville express ran from point A to point B and only took a few people do we need this?
Why not solar busses we already had electric busses and they are gone. Un hitch the horses!

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 26, 2020 - 08:02

We live in Campbellville recently tried to use the GO to go to Toronto around 11:00 AM on thurs. we tried Aldershot, Burlington and Appleby NO parking. Friends in Milton same thing. Yes you need more parking but in the interim set up gates or sensors in and out so you know approx how many spots at each and set up an app we can check.

Anonymous's avatar

When the LRT is completed, Will there be vibration noise felt or heard re trains travelling to those properties that are close to the LRT line when the trains are moving. Will this be heard on the lower level of properties for example located near the line or how far away.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 28, 2020 - 20:32

What measures, above and beyond those for typical shorter term / lower impact road projects, are being considered to ensure that traffic doesn't grind to a halt along Hurontario and adjacent streets as a result of this disruption? Has the impact to commuters along that corridor been evaluated? How much more time commuting is anticipated, on average (how much less time with their families)?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 13:21

There is only less room space to stand during rush hour on LakeshoreEast train (especially on 5.35). Additional cars to the train should be helpful.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 09:53

Are there any plans to connect the Lakeshore West line to the proposed Union Station West at the airport? This would be a great asset to the region, especially as the line continues to expand along the lake shore to Niagara. This would seem to be the most efficient way to provide direct access to the airport for travellers in this part of the region.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 08:27

Just like fat, I see a lot of unwanted layers of management eating up the revenue. When are you going to move into a lean organization?
Also, we would like to see your salary details published. The taxpaying public would like to know.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 3, 2020 - 11:03

Approximately when will the Eglinton lanes open up between Leslie and Brentcliffe. Thanks

Anonymous's avatar

Anonymous
Jan 27, 2020 - 12:33

When will you add more parking space at Aldershot go station? Paying for parking is not a good decision, definitely unacceptable.

Anonymous's avatar

Anonymous
Jan 22, 2020 - 12:24

I think as Go train commuters we already pay our fair share to get back and forth to work. Is this paid parking a definite go and when is it coming to effect? I would also like to know why it is necessary to charge commuters for parking?

John's avatar
Jan 20, 2020 - 20:59

When will construction start?

Anonymous's avatar

The extremely poor road surfaces along Eglinton, particularly between Laird Dr and Kennedy Rd were to be somewhat expected in the early stages of the Eglinton LRT Crosstown construction. This was the case while the outer lane areas were being worked on and the inner lane areas were used for car travel.

However, the grades of the roadway have now been cast in concrete (literally) as the curbs have been formed in poured concrete for over a year now. It would have made sense to repair the outer lane pavement surfaces at that time to provide for much smoother traffic flow while work continues on the inner lane areas that are now being excavated, and concrete poured for the LRT track placement. Instead we still have very poor uneven road surfaces full of potholes for the outer lane areas used by cars while the primary work is on the inner lane areas for the LRT tracks.

Why?

This is a case of extremely poor planning!

And yes, I am an engineer who has done enough project management to know this could have been planned much better.

This is also a clear indication that you don’t care about this degree of unnecessary disruption to normal traffic flow.

By contrast, several lengthy sections of highway 400 between Toronto and Barrie have been for several years, and continue to be, under significant construction for additional lanes and other changes. During this construction process, the road surface of the traveled portion of highway 400 has been maintained in a most reasonable manner to facilitate the smooth flow of traffic.

Had the condition of the road surface of highway 400 during construction been similar to that of the road surface of Eglinton Ave between Laird Dr and Kennedy Rd during construction there would have been a commuter revolt!

How do you justify the way you have cavalierly treated the commuters who use Eglinton Ave during this construction, particularly considering that once the road grade was set for the final solution, the road surface has been left in such poor condition while work is focused on the LRT track portion?

Are we faced with another year or two of extremely poor road surfaces for cars while the LRT tracks are being installed?

I challenge you to provide a well-reasoned answer to this issue.

Anonymous's avatar

Anonymous
Feb 2, 2020 - 20:50

When is this station going to be finally finished. It’s been years overdue. Totally unacceptable.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 27, 2020 - 17:45

Regarding the proposal for parking fees, what stakeholdering has been done with employers in the downtown core? Do you have CEOs of major downtown companies and HR departments onside?

And have the Governments been approached to make transit a tax deduction again>

...Employees will expect a pay rise to match the cost of parking. + An exorbitant increase in transit charges will impact the competitive of business in the GTA for their talent pipeline.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 27, 2020 - 12:25

Where about in the station will the meeting take place

Metrolinx's avatar

Metrolinx
Jan 31, 2020 - 15:31

The Town Hall is being held at the west-end of the Main Station. There will be wayfinding instructions posted to help attendees navigate the station. The address for the Burlington GO Station is: 2101 Fairview Street, Burlington, ON L7R 2C8.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 17:15

This station is long overdue to be upgraded + the platform is dangerous. When is this being addressed and when is the parking being upgraded? Half the time I can't even get out of there due to the number of cars waiting
Thank you

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 13:40

Hi, would you please consider reducing the speed at which trains enter stations before stopping to pick up passengers. The high level of wind while passing lifts dirt, snow and particles from the track. I noticed the trains coming in to Union to pick up passengers in the afternoon are extremely slow at the platform level. Somewhere in the middle would be appreciated. Thank you!

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 3, 2020 - 18:03

The Toronto Star revealed that bidders on the Lakeshore West Corridor Infrastructure Improvement Project raised significant doubts about how the province is contracting out the work. Will the Kerr St grade separation timeline (completed by 2023) be affected by these delays? When will a contract be awarded for the lakeshore west corridor improvements?

Anonymous's avatar

Anonymous
Jan 31, 2020 - 15:46

Hi, when will the Confederation GO Station have trains running From & To Toronto? This was promised end of 2019 but all we got is Bus service. A Promise not fulfilled!

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 28, 2020 - 18:43

How is it that Metrolinx can even consider charging for parking, when you can't deliver?

I moved to Grimsby in 2014 with the promise of a train station being built at Casablanca in 2015. You haven't even broken ground. I moved such that I would not need to drive or even use parking. Since then, I have had to drive to Burlington and use parking, which is an added expense in gas and wear and tear on my vehicle, where my intention was to make the best of public transportation. Just before Christmas, you suddenly changed some parking spaces in the deck to be paid. I get up early and catch the 6:09 train so that I can get a decent parking spot in the deck, without having to take stairs. I make the effort, and because I can't necessarily pay for parking I lose out?!?!?

Deliver on the station at Casablanca, and alleviate the pressures on parking at Burlington.

A written response would be most appreciated.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 28, 2020 - 17:11

Will car pool parking remain available, and if so, will there be a fee for these spaces too?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 27, 2020 - 12:45

How long will it be before there is all day service to West Harbour and/or Hamilton GO?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 21:23

Parking is a serious problem at the end of the line, i.e., Oshawa. Paid parking is full. As of 8:30am the lot and overflow lot are full, as is the next station, Whitby. Transit to the station is not a realistic option for most - people are coming from far and wide, Bowmanville, Port Perry, Cobourg, etc. People are driving to Ajax or Pickering just to park. We need parking garages!

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Anonymous
Feb 4, 2020 - 15:53

Are bike lanes part of the finch west project.? And is the finch corridor trail going to be build in the same area ?

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Anonymous
Feb 4, 2020 - 15:16

Yet another example of a large community of people falling victim to promises made by one Government to only be handed to another. If only we could ever have a leadership group in this country that was able to create a plan, put it into action, and see it through! What a phenomenon that would be! Perhaps we could get that German company that oversaw the 407 expansion to manage this project? Sometimes it feels like privatization is the most sensible answer.

Anonymous's avatar

1) There was mention a few months ago about replacing the elevators at Burlington station but then nothing happened - what is the ETA on this?

2) Some of us just don't have extra time in a day to wait for a bus to take us to the train station and then that commute so parking is the only option. If you start to charge monthly - how was the $100/month figure calculated? Seems awfully high to go from zero to 100.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 09:16

Recently moved to St Catharines and also aware of GO buses services. Will there ever be train services from St. Catharines to Toronto?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 09:07

Why can't the overpaid senior management take a pay cut and pass the savings towards reduced fares?
We gotta start somewhere. Plus could you list the value that you are providing and the services that you are providing exactly?

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Anonymous
Jan 31, 2020 - 17:15

Should Metrolinx introduce paid parking, in addition to the fares associated with commuting to/from Toronto for Burlington riders, the cost-benefit analysis in support of driving one's care increases. Knowing this impact on commuters that are further out on grid, what is the reasoning Metrolinx uses to rationalize the paid parking suggestion that is gaining more press?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 31, 2020 - 06:25

An incentive to leave car at home - Can you not provide a regular city bus all day that goes from west Aldershot to the Go Station? Include in that price the amount of the cost of the Go train.

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Anonymous
Jan 28, 2020 - 08:03

Taking the train and the TTC from Appleby to Yonge and Sheppard costs the same as a monthly car payment. How would pay parking encourage ridership?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 22, 2020 - 13:52

Is there any truth to the rumour that commuters will be required to pay for parking at all stations soon?

Anonymous's avatar

Eastern Durham Region is in desperate need of this expansion. It's deplorable that East Oshawa-Courtice-Bowmanville-Newcastle commuters are still forced to rely on a --------- and plodding bus route to simply get to the train. (I would encourage any Metrolinx decision-maker, and Mr. Phil Verster and his colleagues, to ride that bus (Route 90) from Oshawa Go Station to Newcastle between 4-6 PM any night of the week.) Alternatively, try to find a parking spot at Oshawa/Whitby/Ajax stations on a weekday morning! Good luck! No wonder the highways are plugged. There's no viable options.

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 12:56

How will it be possible to add a Toronto downtown relief line stop at Union Station, when, during platform construction at Union which closed one track caused the cancellation for 2+ years of certain Lakeshore trains?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 12:53

Why does it take about 3 years to build a GO parking garage, when two similar structures can be built at the outlet mall (Trafalgar Rd) in 6 months?

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 12:51

Hello,

What steps is Metrolinx currently taking to resolve ongoing payment disputes with the TTC? In particular, when will the disputes related to the PRESTO contract and TTC bus service during the construction of Eglinton Crosstown be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.

Sincerely,
A concerned City of Toronto Taxpayer

Anonymous's avatar
Feb 4, 2020 - 09:58

I've read that it has been proposed to auction naming rights to certain GO stations. Is this still going ahead? I think I speak for many in saying this is a ridiculous idea and having an expanded retail presence around stations would be far more appreciated by transit users (and would probably generate far more revenue).

Roger Dodger's avatar

When will you build an escalator from the walk bridge to tracks 1, 2&3 at Burlington GO?
Plans and budget needs to be published.

Anonymous's avatar

Is there going to be a STOP at the Palisades 215 / 205 / 195 Wynford Drive ? There are a lot of people in these 3 buildings alone, and also a lot of seniors that use the TTC. It is hard for a lot of them to walk a distance to get to or from the Metrolink.

Anonymous's avatar

When will Metrolinx survey users of GO-Trains that use GO-Station supplied parking to understand the demand vs the allocation from the car owners location of residence and co-relate it with available Municipal transit options versus driving to/from the last mile (location of residence)? If it is decided that charges are to be levied for GO Station parking, may I suggest that the charges be tiered to favour those who have no or poor Municipal transit alternatives to driving to/from the GO Station in a timely fashion. Illustration: I was confronted at the Appleby GO station by a frustrated commuter who lived to the west of Hamilton because as of 10:00 AM on a normal (non-summer month) business day he was unable to find parking at any of Aldershot, Burlington or Appleby GO stations. I do support the fact that the transit fare should be separated from other costs such as those associated with the provision of parking and those associated with local transit connecting to the GO Station. The parking rate should cover all costs to support its construction and on-going maintenance over an industry standard rate of deprecation.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 31, 2020 - 06:19

There should be free spots for those living in the Aldershot area because spots are taken by those living Hamilton. Aldershot residents can have a sticker on their car or something like that.
If there is a charge to park, we'll probably rarely use the Go train. As it is now, we rarely do because of the horrendous parking situation.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 29, 2020 - 18:02

In order to incentivize alternatives to single occupied cars and to not impose additional costs on commuters, would it not be beneficial to make the train fare free and apply a fee for parking, perhaps using Presto based upon time and/or number of GO stations traveled to? Obviously coordination with municipalities to increase public transit and cycling infrastructure would be required.

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 21, 2020 - 13:08

When will the next town hall meeting be done in Barrie? How is the electrification and twining of the Go Train line to Barrie progressing?

Anonymous's avatar
Jan 25, 2020 - 16:43

I'm sure I cannot be the only person to express frustration over lack of parking. I am a senior lady, needing to visit my son who is in Toronto General awaiting a heart transplant. I need to visit three to four times per week and often cannot find parking at Aldershot or Burlington and must go onto Appleby. I usually try between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm and return late in the evenings. I do not have bus service from my neighbourhood. When are you going to provide more parking facilities?