Long term I would love to see all service extending beyond Aldershot to have the super express stop pattern to make more competitive travel times. It would probably deliver a pretty safe sub-1 hour travel time to Hamilton, and better times to the Niagara Peninsula. I'm not sure there is the track capacity for it at peak hours though.
Has that been built now?
Last year when I was returning from Niagara, there were enough people that were headed back to “Toronto”, so they automatically made an extra express bus from there to Burlington, aka bringing back the 12B for a brief moment. I feel like 2021’s overall summer is going to drive a lot more traffic compared to when we were in the early stages of the pandemic, and it has been proven seeing the 401 and QEW/403 be a absolute disaster once again at mostly all times. That being said, the traffic to Niagara will probably be massive that they would need to simultaneously run a train and an unscheduled 12B in order to keep the traffic flow bearable.Good to see Saturday/Sunday/Holiday trains back, but previously, there was a Friday late afternoon train as well. I guess the service is geared to daytrippers right now.
The bus schedule has not changed, meaning a long slog on the all-stops Route 12 otherwise.
12-car trains are much slower to accelerate than the 8-car trains they normally run on that service. They would need to add several minutes to the schedule to accommodate that, providing a worse service for passengers.I just hope they run 12 car service to Niagara this year. That service is always packed.
Yeah I have previously pondered about using a trainset based in Lewis Yard for a couple of additional round trips for the weekend Niagara Service, to provide said morning trip as well as to improve headways from every 4 hours to every 2-3 hours:An earlier Toronto bound train for Niagara passengers would probably be a good addition - right now the earliest train arrives after noon.
Except the 302... well... exists, and can easily supplement the LRT (like it already does)This is worth a mention:
Phase 2 of the region's LRT plan wouldn't see shovels in the ground in Cambridge until 2028 at the earliestwww.kitchenertoday.com
Because the Cambridge-Guelph train proposal drops passengers in the middle of nowhere and requires the Cambridge LRT to take them somewhere useful. And since the LRT is over a decade away, that means it will be long time before the Cambridge-Guelph train will be built as without the LRT, it doesn't have a hope of succeeding, and that is completely negating the superiority of a potential bus service instead of the train.
12-car trains are much slower to accelerate than the 8-car trains they normally run on that service. They would need to add several minutes to the schedule to accommodate that, providing a worse service for passengers.
If we are consistently able to fill 8-car double-decker trains on the weekend, surely that is a justification to increase the service above the present 4 trains per day.
on Sunday, experts will operate the test GO Train through the City of Guelph to move through level crossings where new signals have been installed – Glasgow St., Yorkshire St., Edinburgh Rd and Alma St.
Trains currently travel this section at around 16 km/h. The test train will move incrementally faster with each test through this section, up to 80 km/h.