Comment 76188

By Jonathan Dalton (registered) | Posted April 24, 2012 at 11:14:51 in reply to Comment 76152

Hunter was considered in studies going back 4 or 5 years ago which included expansion to Niagara. I went to both PIC sessions for the first and second rounds of studies. James North emerged as the preferable alternative. From what I recall, these were the reasons Hunter was eliminated:

-The Hunter Street tunnel would need to be improved and double tracked at the insistence of CP Rail

-Maximum speeds due to track conditions are lower (about 80km/h max) on the CP line.

-CP line passes through Welland and Fort Erie, CN line passes through St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. More population density around CN line.

-CN line allows for East Hamilton / Stoney Creek station.

Metrolinx objective is to take GO from a park and ride commuter railway to a true regional transportation solution in the next 25 years. Parking for urban train stations is not in the vision. In fact it is the opposite, they are looking at increasing density around GO stations by replacing surface parking with garages and developing the parking lots.

There will not be any homes demolished on James North. It is covered by the downtown area ban on new parking lots. The parking for the new GO station will be on what is now a gravel lot behind Chris's Store Fixtures (formerly the beer store) at James and Murray.

The #2 buses (every 6 minutes) and #4 pass this location. A-Line rapid transit is planned for James all the way to the lake.

Comment edited by Jonathan Dalton on 2012-04-24 11:15:32

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