Comment 87966

By Hink (anonymous) | Posted April 18, 2013 at 21:23:05 in reply to Comment 87916

• There are important journey time savings that come from electrification. Over the longest trips, journey time savings would be between 5 and 10 minutes per trip. This reduction in journey time will benefit existing riders and attract new ones.

• There are significant operating savings associated with electrification, up to $18 million per year for the recommended option.

Two years ago, the RJ Burnside ESR on the Niagara Rail Service Expansion noted that "as ridership demand for rail service increases and funding becomes available, future service is defined as two way service, seven days per week with 20 minute peak service and 1 hour off-peak service."

"It is estimated that GO commuter service could begin in the corridor as soon as 2015, however this timing is contingent upon funding approvals and authorization to proceed... two broad service scenarios (Opening Day and Future) are discussed in this document within the context of options. The Opening Day service scenario would consist of four Toronto-bound trainsin the morning peak period and four Niagara-bound trains in the evening peak period including mid day service to Confederation station. The Future service scenario is defined as full two-way service, 7 days per week with 20 minute peak period service and 1 hour off peak service."

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