When you choice is the inconvenience of taking GO (with bad last mile choices and relatively slow, infrequent service) or the inconvenience of having a carpool buddy, the latter seems to make sense. I found that GO was consistently as slow as bad commutes into downtown. Except I experienced a couple 45-60 minute delays just before pulling into Union. Not sure how unlucky I am or if those are a regular occurrence. You tend not to be massively late when you drive unless the highway is completely closed. If you drive leaving at the same time you would have to to make the train, most of the time you will be early.Now if you could carpool, that's how you can really save money..
I remember my experience last summer when the only option I had to get to KW was the 25 and the 25 only at Square One mid day. This was so infuriating and then they added the Meadowvale Business Park stops for the 30 which means i can just take 1 or 2 Miway buses there, but the problem with that is… they’re Miway buses. Hopefully we could get the 25C back at least for the weekends and the 30 running also during the isolation period of the week as well.When I lived in Waterloo I avoided the 25 local at all costs, and most other people seemed to as well. The express services, on the other hand, were great. On Fridays all the express services would be packed (every 15 minutes to Square One, and every 30 minutes to Bramalea/York) while the hourly local buses were fairly empty.
It is excruciating how slow the local branch is. I literally had a nightmare one time where I dreamed that I had mistakenly gotten on a local bus at square one and started panicking about how I was going to be trapped for two hours before the bus would get to Waterloo. Thankfully I woke up and found that I was in my bed, not the route 25 local bus.
If GO thinks that students are captive clients who will take the bus no matter how slow it is, they are sorely mistaken. From my experience, if there weren't any GO express buses running, students would seek other options like Greyhound or carpooling, or simply not travel because it would be too much of a hassle.
I can accept that the newly-extended Route 30 (UW-Kitchener-Bramalea) replaces the old Route 25F (UW-Bramalea-407) given that there's frequent service from Bramalea to Highway 407 station anyway. But they really need to bring back the 25C express from UW to Square One. I guarantee that running 1 bus per hour each on the 25 local and 25C express would generate more ridership than their current schedule with 2 local buses per hour. All while requiring fewer buses and operators thanks to the massively reduced round trip times.
They plug the second train into the first, which is plugged into the wayside. The power draw on the wayside of the two 6-car trains together is only a little higher than a single 12-car train, and within the limits of what the wayside system is capable of supplying.Do they not plug in the second train, then? Or do they just have a really long extension cord?
No. They currently back the train out. For now, until they extend the track soon.Somehow I missed seeing this news until today. Niagara Falls one trip daily rush hour train service from Niagara Falls to Union stopping at St.Catharines, West Harbour, all stops Aldershot to Clarkson, then express to Union. Did they recently connect the two West Harbour tracks to new switches east of the station or build a platform on the mainline?
I was at West Harbour last Friday, the rails are still very much disconnected. No sign of work being done on it either sadlySomehow I missed seeing this news until today. Niagara Falls one trip daily rush hour train service from Niagara Falls to Union stopping at St.Catharines, West Harbour, all stops Aldershot to Clarkson, then express to Union. Did they recently connect the two West Harbour tracks to new switches east of the station or build a platform on the mainline?
To be fair Metrolinx has not ignored it, they've just faced lots of roadblocks such as difficult utility relocations and a lack of consensus with the track owner, CN. But yeah we really need to find some way forward with that missing link at the east end of the platforms.Mildly disappointed with what I saw here. not so much a missed, but an ignored opportunity.