Comment 82421

By ScreamingViking (registered) | Posted October 30, 2012 at 11:52:34 in reply to Comment 82383

Yes, that remains to be seen. It's a key issue for this end of the GO network.

And when considering the issue of connections with buses, it's not just the local downtown-to-downtown service. One must also think about connections with bus services from surrounding areas to the Hamilton GO stations.

For example, will there be more opportunity to use Hamilton as a hub for GO bus service from places like Brantford, Cambridge, and the Niagara Peninsula?... the latter until regular train service is eventually provided on the south lakeshore CN line (I have to wonder though when, or if, ridership would justify that train service?)

That itself raises some questions:

  • Does that make an express train service from Hamilton (or at least starting from Burlington) more feasible and faster than the current QEW bus service? Or would express buses still be the faster mode?
  • Will it make the trains more cost effective to run? Or will the buses still be a cheaper way to meet the demand?
  • Is there even enough demand for the connection to Hamilton and then Toronto from those surrounding cities?
  • What does it mean for the two Hamilton GO stations? How will connecting regional bus services be coordinated?

So far, I think GO provides the minimum service to Hamilton and area that is required for the demand. But the thing about transit is, to make it work, the regular service has to be there all the time to make it convenient enough for people to choose it over driving.

Comment edited by ScreamingViking on 2012-10-30 11:57:08

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