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?”

WiFi Access Coming to GO Transit Vehicles in 2020

A lot of GO Transit news is about schedule and frequencies, but a new announcement from the Government of Ontario Wednesday morning was about the ride itself. Starting next year, GO Transit riders will be able to connect their devices to wifi while on their commutes, as Metrolinx is working to turn all 1,475 of their vehicles into hot spots. Continue reading “WiFi Access Coming to GO Transit Vehicles in 2020”

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”

Ontario Gov Announces Free Trips for Kids 12 and Under on GO Transit

With March Break coming up, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Jeff Yurek, went to a March Break hot spot in downtown Toronto, the Ripley’s Aquarium, to announce that kids getting to any destination will get there for free on GO Transit starting on March 9.  Continue reading “Ontario Gov Announces Free Trips for Kids 12 and Under on GO Transit”

Problems on the Kitchener GO Train Line Follow Service Expansion

On January 7, a new train was added to the Kitchener-Toronto line of Go Transit. The move was made with a lot of fanfare at a special announcement before the holidays, a modest measure to tide people over until two-way, all-day GO service comes to fruition. It turns out though, adding 25 per cent more trains isn’t as easy as it seems. Continue reading “Problems on the Kitchener GO Train Line Follow Service Expansion”

Greyhound Cancelling Trips Between Guelph and Kitchener

Bad news for local commuters travelling between K-W and Guelph, especially if you take the Greyhound. Starting on December 10, the bus line will be running fewer trips between the Royal City and Kitchener, merging mid-day and night schedules due to low ridership. Continue reading “Greyhound Cancelling Trips Between Guelph and Kitchener”

GUELPH POLITICAST #86 – C.J. Smith, This Crazy Train

Surely, you’ve gotten on a train or a bus and been aghast at the bad behaviour of some of the people you were riding with: muddy feet on the seats, somebody crowding the entrance or exit, using empty seats as bag racks… People can be rude, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it, right? That’s what C.J. Smith thought in 2010 when she started “This Crazy Train”.  Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #86 – C.J. Smith, This Crazy Train”

Metrolinx Building New Bus Storage in Kitchener, But What Else?

Today Metrolinx and the Ontario government announced that it was building a new bus storage and maintenance facility to “improve transit service for commuters in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, and help meet current and future growth.” The new space will house 20 single and double-decker GO buses, and will replace the current leased bus storage space in K-W, but you know what we could really use in the area? More bus service to and from Guelph. Continue reading “Metrolinx Building New Bus Storage in Kitchener, But What Else?”