Comment 120560

By Haveacow (registered) | Posted January 12, 2017 at 11:00:45

CN still owns the track that the James Street Station uses. If they want to move freight and make money at the expense of GO transit so be it, its their track. Many of the changes needed for GO service in the corridor requires a huge amount of new infrastructure to be built, which I bet CN wants the province to entirely pay for and the GO Trains will still play second fiddle to CN freight trains! Which is probably why the negotiations between Metrolinx are progressing so slowly. The main Class 1 railways in North America really still want nothing to do with passenger service. Historically speaking, the railway passenger systems as a whole never made money in North America, it was the baggage and mail service attached to each passenger train that actually made the majority of the money. Yes, some individual lines made money but the networks as whole did not make money by selling passenger tickets. When the railways lost the mail and baggage services to trucks and highways in the 50's, 60's and early 70's, so went the last of most the Class 1 railway's passenger services.

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