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Anonymous
Jul 23, 2020 - 11:26

Any updates on Breslau GO? I know Metrolinx is using a market-based approach, but when will a private partner be found, and when is the station targeted to open? Any updates are appreciated .

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Metrolinx
Jul 24, 2020 - 13:58

We will continue to work with municipalities and development partners to determine where there are opportunities for third party investment to deliver Breslau Station. You can find more on our Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) program and process on Metrolinx.com. You can also take a look at some more information on how TOC is already working at Mimico and Woodbine GO Station.

Anonymous's avatar
Jul 23, 2020 - 11:31

How has expanding the corridor for increased GO service considered existing and future VIA Rail service on the corridor? VIA is an important service for South Western Ontario, and more GO Trains should not come at the expense of VIA. Has Metrolinx consulted VIA about corridor expansion, and VIA’s needs?

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Metrolinx
Jul 24, 2020 - 17:25

We continue to work with our partners to find smarter and better ways to coexist, to operate our services in parallel and to accelerate the delivery of new service to all communities along the line.

Anonymous's avatar
Jul 23, 2020 - 13:13

How will electric trains overcome the CN-owned, non-electrified Halton sub in the middle of their route?

This was one of the most common questions from the public, according to the consultation report, but I can't find an answer anywhere.

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Metrolinx
Jul 28, 2020 - 10:07

In 2017, we completed a network wide Environmental Assessment for electrification on the areas of the corridor Metrolinx does own. This Environmental Assessment builds on that as we consider electrification on the portion of the corridor we own, past Georgetown. We continue to negotiate with our rail partners and look for better ways to work together while we bring more and better service to the Kitchener corridor.  

Anonymous's avatar
Jul 24, 2020 - 23:18

Does Metrolinx have a concrete plan for each phase of Kitchener GO Line service improvement, such as adding x trains in phase 1 after project y is completed, additional t trains after project s is completed?

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Metrolinx
Jul 27, 2020 - 16:36

Metrolinx is committed to delivering two-way all-day service on the Kitchener corridor. We took some great steps forward in the last year introducing mid-day and late night options on the corridor. Late last year we released the Initial Business Case (IBC) for Kitchener service that outlines our approach to adding more service on the corridor. You can find more information and the full IBC on Metrolinx.com. We are always looking for new ways to increase service and better serve communities across the corridor.

Anonymous's avatar
Jul 24, 2020 - 23:21

Since Metrolinx owns the section of Kitchener line west of Georgetown, is it possible currently to run serval reserve-peak and midday trains between Kitchener and Guelph? If not, what improvements are needed to achieve reserve-peak and midday trains? Is there a timeline for that?

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Metrolinx
Jul 27, 2020 - 16:41

We understand there is a need for more connections between Kitchener and Guelph. We did introduce a mid-day and late night option last year that created new connections between Kitchener and Guelph in both directions. We are currently looking at potential locations to add passing tracks along the line to increase service on the corridor. You can find more information about our approach to new service on the corridor and infrastructure required for two-way all-day service in the Kitchener Initial Business Case on Metrolinx.com.

Anonymous's avatar

Please make this happen soon. It can't wait another five years. We desperately need this!

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Metrolinx
Jul 28, 2020 - 16:28

Metrolinx is committed to delivering two-way all-day service on the Kitchener corridor. You can find more information and the Initial Business Case on Metrolinx.com. We are always looking for new ways to increase service on the corridor.

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I don't see any reference to electrification out of Union Station at this point.Electrification,although the best way to go is very costly infrastructure.I presume that the Lakeshore corridor and the other Toronto suburban lines are the priority.

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Metrolinx
Jul 30, 2020 - 13:05

In 2017, Metrolinx completed a network-wide Environmental Assessment for electrification on the areas of the Kitchener GO corridor Metrolinx owned at the time, which included from Union to Bramalea (Brampton) on the Weston Subdivision. In late 2018, we took over the maintenance and ownership of the Guelph Subdivision from CN, and a new and separate Environmental Assessment is underway now as we consider electrification on this subdivision, west of Georgetown towards Kitchener – this is focus of the Kitchener Guelph Subdivision Electrification TPAP. We continue to negotiate with our rail partners and look for better ways to work together while we bring more and better service to the Kitchener corridor.

The final decisions on equipment requirements for GO Expansion is part of a system wide procurement to design, build, operate and maintain the network. The winning proponent will propose and procure trains that meet the requirements to deliver future service levels on the GO Transit rail network. This could include dual-mode locomotives or a combination of diesel and electric where required. There are also technology options to use fully electric engines that can hold sufficient battery reserve to travel the non-electrified portion of the corridor.  A priority for each line will be determined outside of this TPAP assignment.

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There is a need for better transit between Guelph and Kitchener-Warteloo. I know an obstacle for all-day service between Kitchener and Union Station is CN ownership of tracks between Georgetown and Brampton. This obstacle does not exist for better service between Kitchener and Guelph however, as Metrolinx owns these tracks.

Metrolinx should consider running a frequent (maybe half-hourly) train service between Kitchener, Breslau (once the station is built), and Guelph. This could be a “quick win” that uses existing infrastructure, and could be delivered before Kitchener-Union all-day service.

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Metrolinx
Aug 24, 2020 - 11:36

We have heard and understand there is a need for more connections between Kitchener and Guelph. We will continue to work on creating new and better service for our customers.

Anonymous's avatar

One alternative is to investigate the possibility of using hydrogen powered engines. This would allow different powered trains to use the same rail line. Electrification will likely mean the rail line is dedicated to passenger service only.The hydrogen fuel could be produced at night utilizing 'cheap' electrical power which we are export to the US. This alternative could keep our options open for future developments not currently contemplated.

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Metrolinx
Aug 24, 2020 - 11:41

In 2017, we completed an environmental assessment that looked at electrification of all the corridors we owned at the time. Since then we have taken over full ownership of the Guelph Subdivision, so this TPAP is looking at infrastructure and impacts required to electrify this section of the corridor - between Georgetown and Kitchener. We are conducting this study to maintain consistency across the network.

The feasibility of using hydrogen was assessed as part of a separate study, with more information at http://www.metrolinx.com/en/greaterregion/projects/hydrail.aspx.

Anonymous's avatar
Aug 11, 2020 - 17:06

We need this for cleaner train operation, lower noise by replacing the super loud current diesel locomotives, faster acceleration, and more sustainable energy use by regenerative braking.

I also really hope that electrification will be implemented along the entire KW-Union Station line - this was not clear in the presentation (or I missed it).

Also, I really hope that the track between KW and Acton can be replaced as it's very wobbly, old, and slow, greatly increasing travel time and discomfort, which will restrict the speed of the electrified line.

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Metrolinx
Aug 24, 2020 - 11:48

Thank you for your interest and support of our project. We are looking at electrification of the corridor we do own between Georgetown and Kitchener. The middle portion of the corridor is owned and used by CN. We continue to work with our rail partners to find smarter and better ways to coexist and operate our services in parallel.  Since taking over ownership of the corridor in late 2018, we have been moving forward on extensive rehabilitation of the rail corridor between Georgetown and Kitchener. We still have lots of work to do as we make some much need improvements to the corridor.