Sunday, August 17, 2008

Things I learned in Orangeville

Going to a wedding in Palmerston and Listowel on Saturday, I passed though the Town of Orangeville and learned a few things.

After many years of seeing only evidence of Orangeville Transit (bus stops, posted schedules and the like), I have finally seen an Orangeville Transit bus. They use what appear to be Ford cutaway models, similar to the community shuttles in TransLink's Fleet. Service frequencies appear to be typical for a municipality of that size.

Entering the town, I spotted a sign usually reserved for GO stations. Since there is no GO train service to Orangeville (because it would go past my house, and I would be using it without hesitation), I had to investigate. What I found was a small bus terminal on the site of the old train station. A station which appeared to replica of the original train station was built on the site of the site, and the train used by the Credit Valley Explorer excursion train was tied up for the night at the platform. Was this scene a vision of things to come?

Better service to Orangeville will benefit commuter heading into Toronto and residents of Caledon, who have a love-hate relationship with public transportation (except for me, where the relationship is all love). A route along Highway 9 linking Orangeville and Newmarket would also be a smart connection.

And, as an aside, GO Transit (and any other agency operating under contract to the Town) is fully exempt from the Caledon Bus Licensing Bylaw. Those who argued to the contrary at the recent Valleywood Residents Association meeting should take a closer look at the legislation.

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At 8/18/2008 6:00 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new Orangeville station was built a while back with some of the insurance money from when the old bunkhouse burnt down. It was/is intended for use with the Credit Valley Explorer tourist train. GO had put a shelter in there a few months ago, and is using the site for its bus service.

The CVE is always parked on the "station track" when not in use.

At 10/03/2008 9:58 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A route from orangeville to newmarket would be great idea. Since most people from that area stop by newmarket anyways to do shopping. The newmarket go station is located right next to Upper Canada mall. Although there isn't a large demand for this a limited route should be an option to commuters.


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