Comment 70487

By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted October 12, 2011 at 12:12:34 in reply to Comment 70435

The convenience of the QEW Express Bus may be a factor in its ridership numbers, though. You can catch it from a half-dozen stops between the Hunter terminal and the highway, which is a notable convenience. A train that leaves one fixed location at a set time with no looking back may not compel ridership simply because it's sexier.

The cost-benefits analysis attached to rail as opposed to bus is bound to be different in some way. GO would probably be happy about all-day bus service if the outbound ridership was 200 people an hour... since buses seat about 57 passengers each. But 200 people an hour would be considerably less impressive in the context of a couple of trains made of 10 or 12 bilevel cars... since each car seats about 360 passengers each. At some point someone's going to crunch numbers and decide whether the pilot program continues or not.

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