GUELPH POLITICAST #331 – The Edinburgh Conundrum

The rail crossing on Edinburgh Road has been the site of some controversy lately. The City of Guelph initiated the study of seven different street level rail crossings along the Metrolinx line across town, and they determined that there was one crossing that they had to look at a lot more closely. The implications could be big, so this week, we’re going to sit down and talk things out. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #331 – The Edinburgh Conundrum”

CITY PAGES: Winter Stuff, Cycling Needs and Shop Local

The City of Guelph, and it’s various partners and agencies, put out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…? Continue reading “CITY PAGES: Winter Stuff, Cycling Needs and Shop Local”

Residents Win! Metrolinx No Longer Looking to Build TPS in Margaret Greene

Last summer, residents in the communities around Margaret Greene Park strained outdoor gathering limitations to tell City of Guelph officials and a couple of comms professionals from Metrolinx to share their outrage. It was a hot summer day, and nearly six months later on a cold winter’s day, Metrolinx has announced that the park is safe. They will not be placing a traction power station behind the park after all. Continue reading “Residents Win! Metrolinx No Longer Looking to Build TPS in Margaret Greene”

Because You Demanded it, WiFi is Now Available on GO Transit

Although GO Transit is not up to its usual capacity these days, the Government of Ontario is incentivizing the ride by offering something they’ve never offered on GO Trains or Buses before, WiFi. Starting today, Metrolinx is following through on their promise to make passengers more connected on their journey with free access to the internet. Continue reading “Because You Demanded it, WiFi is Now Available on GO Transit”

GUELPH POLITICAST #233 – Parks or Wreck

Despite conventional wisdom about there being no news in August, over 100 people went to Margaret Greene Park last week to confront City councillors, staff, and Metrolinx reps about a plan to build a traction power substation in a portion of the park. The events in the west end capture in a microcosm of big concerns about public engagement, and development running roughshod over neighbourhood concerns. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #233 – Parks or Wreck”

Metrolinx Holding Virtual Open House on Electrified Train Route

The pandemic has had an impact on how many people are taking the GO Train, not to mention an impact on how many GO Trains are rolling down the tracks everyday, but that doesn’t mean Metrolinx isn’t looking to the future. A virtual town hall has begun online to get local feedback about the electrification of the Kitchener Line, the GO Train service that passes through Guelph connecting Kitchener with Union Station. Continue reading “Metrolinx Holding Virtual Open House on Electrified Train Route”

Permanent Funding, Safety Needs, and the Ontario Line All Part of Transit Debate

Public transit doesn’t fall within the immediate jurisdiction of the Federal government, but what happens in Ottawa concerning transportation policy affects the whole country. New spending on transit, connecting rail links, airport authority, marine shipping, and more was discussed in a special debate held in Toronto by Transport Futures. Continue reading “Permanent Funding, Safety Needs, and the Ontario Line All Part of Transit Debate”

Regional Transit: Where Do We Begin Filling the Gaps and Addressing the Needs?

This month, GO Transit started running more trains between Guelph and Kitchener, which is billed as another small step forward in the increasingly decades long struggle to get two-way, all-day Go Train service between us and Union Station. It’s important. We need it. But what are the barriers that stand between us and expanded regional transit, and what are we not doing to improve the broader transit picture here in Southwestern Ontario? Continue reading “Regional Transit: Where Do We Begin Filling the Gaps and Addressing the Needs?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #184 – The Transit Pass with TAAG

It’s the dog days of August, summer is winding down, and everyone’s got back to school thoughts, including, it seems, the people who run our area transit systems. Guelph Transit just announced some “minor tweaks”, Metrolinx just announced more GO Trains, and the City of Guelph is planning for transit’s future. Yup, it’s time for another Transit Pass. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #184 – The Transit Pass with TAAG”

Expanded GO Train Service Coming to Guelph this Fall

Although it’s not the two-way, all-day GO Train service that the region’s been asking for over the last decade, the Government of Ontario announced that GO Train service will be expanding again in time for the new school year. Continue reading “Expanded GO Train Service Coming to Guelph this Fall”