Tuesday, January 01, 2008

GO buses apparently don't count

A Caledon Citizen article, dated January 2nd, 2008 (spooky, eh?), quotes Caledon Mayor Marolyn Morrison as saying that she had travelled to Toronto using GO Transit on the Georgetown line, but that she was unable to get back due to the lack of return service. She further suggested that if GO provided the service, then it would likely be full.

I wonder if the Mayor considered GO buses, which provide frequent homebound service across the entire line after the final train - service that is even more frequent than during the midday on the Georgetown line. It is inaccurate to say that one cannot get from Union Station to any of the outlying rail stations if you miss the last train. GO buses have more comfortable seats than the trains, offer more flexibility in where you can board and disembark, and have a travel time which is comparable to the trains. The only downside is the capacity of the bus and the stigma. In comparison to trains and other forms of rapid transit, buses are seen as antiquated and token transit efforts. However, they are an integral part of any transit network, especially in pedestrian unfriendly suburbs where the high-density transit nodes are few and far between.

The topic of public transportation in the Town of Caledon is a whole other topic which I could rant about for hours on end. In short, more GO connections are needed. The proposed MoveOntario 2020 line to Bolton will help, as will additional service on the Orangeville bus route (possibly with an upgrade to rail, which will more closely serve the populated areas in the town). However, the town must establish internal transit links between and within the different villages. Chasing away those who are willing to do it without subsidy doesn't help either.

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At 1/01/2008 4:32 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't want to see a strike but if one comes to be , those that do not think much of the bus will see how important it really is. Simply saying take the GO train is not good enough as you yourself know the trains on some routes are not 2 way. AM sounthbound and PM for afternoon Rush Northbound that that's it.

The seats are terrible on the Train when I manage to get one, I did prefer the GO bus on my previous Finch express from Ajax.

Karem Allen


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