Guelph Gets [Not Much of] a Response from Mulroney on Regional Transit Issues

Greyhound buses were a vital link for Guelph offering express services to and from Toronto and Kitchener. Those days are gone now, but don’t worry because the Ministry of Transportation Ontario has received the desperate letter from the Mayor, the University of Guelph and the Chamber of Commerce, and they are ready to help us! You know, if someone else wants to help us. Continue reading “Guelph Gets [Not Much of] a Response from Mulroney on Regional Transit Issues”

CITY PAGES: Get on GO, Toxic Drugs, and One Tree with One Bench

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: Get on GO, Toxic Drugs, and One Tree with One Bench”

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”

Guelph Groups Offer Feedback to Cho for 2020 Provincial Budget

Stan Cho, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, brought his multi-city pre-budget public engagement to Guelph on Thursday afternoon at the Legion Hall on Watson Parkway South. According to Cho, this was his 12th stop to get feedback in advance of the 2020 Ontario Budget, and the MPP for Willowdale said there are some common themes, and even some surprises. Continue reading “Guelph Groups Offer Feedback to Cho for 2020 Provincial Budget”

Metrolinx Won’t Be Offering Anymore Discounts on Transfers Come April

If you’ve been enjoying the cost benefits of using your Presto card to transfer from the GO Train to the TTC, you’re going to have to make up that extra cost per trip starting April 1. Metrolinx has announced that the Discounted Double Fare program will be ending on March 31, when the multi-year agreement between the Province of Ontario and GO Transit’s parent company expires. Continue reading “Metrolinx Won’t Be Offering Anymore Discounts on Transfers Come April”

Ontario’s Southwestern Transportation Plan Leaves Guelph Projects Uncertain

The Government of Ontario unveiled its first draft of a Regional Transportation Plan for Southwestern Ontario on Friday in London. The plan is meant to “build a better transportation system that will connect individuals, families and businesses in southwestern Ontario,” but when the plan might come to fruition is a question without too many answers. Continue reading “Ontario’s Southwestern Transportation Plan Leaves Guelph Projects Uncertain”

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?”