Comment 11607

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted September 11, 2007 at 11:50:01

This extension my have limited immediate benefits to Hamilton Downtowners, but I think we will be seeing more and more improvements in our neck of the woods. Extending the rush hour service to Aldershot is still a good thing -- you have to start somewhere.

I don't think this is a case of GO pandering to Burlington commuters and forgetting about Hamilton. There are two major bottlenecks between Aldershot and Hamilton. First of all, Bayview Junction is one of the busiest rail junctions in North America. Up to 80 trains pass through daily. That makes service additions a little more complicated than simply "adding more trains". Secondly, the single line through the tunnel under Hunter is a serious bottleneck because GO trains must share that with freight, and it's a busy freight line which runs to Fort Erie.

There are murmurs of adding a "parking line" at the Hunter station so that a GO train can stay overnight. This could result in an additional train being added to the morning and evening rush. What I really hope to see is an extension to the weekend trains which currently only run to Oakville. Useless!

Anyway, I know none of this is new to you Jon... any readers looking for more info and updates might want to watch these threads: http://hammerboard.ca/viewtopic.php?t=10 http://hammerboard.ca/viewtopic.php?t=7

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