Comment 113503

By joejoe (anonymous) | Posted August 19, 2015 at 10:39:36

Great summary. I see one key deficiency with these plans:

"CN owns the corridor west of Burlington and operates it as a main freight line, and CP owns the corridor into the Hamilton GO Centre; this will drive infrastructure requirements and the timing of electrification"

This lack of track ownership is a serious limitation for service expansion. Without electrification or right of way on the tracks the leg from Hamilton to Burlington will always be slow and fraught with delays. When I lived in Hamilton I was closer to the Hunter station but I drove to Burlington instead. The extra 10 minute drive saved me 5-10 minutes overall. And with the service upgrades I will have oodles of trains to catch from Burlington - I won't ever have to race for a train again.

Hopefully something can be done to either lay new track or purchase the tracks from CN (what the hell are they transporting that's so time sensitive anyway? Can't the government step in and make people a priority over cargo?)

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