Comment 119651

By Haveacow (registered) | Posted July 05, 2016 at 12:35:58 in reply to Comment 119592

This is part of the problem, the GO/RER system by itself at peak will be responsible for 32 trains and hour. That's not counting the other non upgraded GO lines plus Bolton and the planned Brampton Shuttle via the old CP Owen Sound Subdivision (now the Brampton Orangeville Railway), VIA Rail, Shinning Waters Railway and finding somewhere to put in a high speed access route. Really 60-80 trains an hour capacity is what is really needed during peak. 49 Trains an hour in 2031 is just not enough. Plus many of the links that passengers need aren't big enough. Yes we have nice new waiting rooms for GO passengers but still a relatively low capacity connection to the expanded TTC Union station subway platforms (although it is an improvement to what was there before). Any improvement to the Harborfront LRT platforms at Union will increase pedestrian connection problem to the railway part of the station complex. VIA Rail and any Intercity High Speed Line will require a massive increase in luggage and package handling capacity. Any extra space for that was given away for a shopping mall. The station that houses the intercity trains must also have a built in customs facility for pre clearance of passengers traveling to the US and making the border trip a lot faster (it will almost eliminate the 1-1.5 hour wait at the border). The CN/CP/GO Railway Police need there police station facilities back. The railway police station (3rd largest police force in Canada) used to have a station including a holding cell all at Union plus a shooting range that was removed by the city of Toronto. Those are now Metrolink offices.

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