Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Non-unionize employees are safer?

I would like to know what screening methods unions use other than police checks. 

His comment about losing control of who enters the property was kind of funny.  strangers ride the subway every day.  there are no security scans.  anyone could bring whatever in.  a simple piece of paper on the tracks could cause chaos. 

The ttc even advertises the paper cup issue in the ttc cars.

I am sure if there are special procedures for scanning then it could be listed in their contract and if not done ttc could sue them and get out of the contract. 

I look forward to comments.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Kill the escarpment highway? If so, what are the alternatives

There is a campaign to kill the escarpment highway.  The conduit to get people from outlying areas to work.
Part of the highway project is to get people from the Niagara Region into places like Kitchener/Waterloo and Guelph which currently you must rely heavily on Highway 6.  For those who have taken that commute, its really slow.  Lots of wasted fuel which is also bad for the environment.

Yes cancelling the highway helps the environment but what is the alternative?  One alternative is building an efficient transit system between Waterloo, Guelph and the Niagara Region.  It took 10 years to get the trains running on weekends only during the summer between Toronto and Niagara Falls.  How many decades to get the trains to Waterloo or Guelph.

Check out the video and blog post on Rick Goldring's Blog for details.

Please comment on his blog and let him know about your concerns on the alternatives to a mega-highway.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Excessive heat, Go Transit should harness it for renewable energy to power trains

"Excessive heat to make for a slower ride home‏" Go Transit says.

With all this excessive heat they should apply some of this alloy and power the trains. With the cost savings maybe they could buy newer trains and switches for winter :)

Look forward to comments.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Milton Go Train Beats The Go Bus

Why even have the 3:25 PM Milton Bus anymore given that there is a 4:00 PM train.
The 4:00 PM Train beats the bus because the traffic is bad. With traffic headaches slowing the bus down it makes no sense to run it.

As an optimization this bus could be used on another route in need.

I look forward to comments.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Clarity is everything. What lines have the speed restrictions? Where are the delays?

Here is what Go Transit says:

Temperatures are expected to climb above the 30 degrees celsius mark today and on Tuesday July 17 as well. With high temperatures come speed restrictions that will be in place at certain areas along your rail corridor, which may result in a longer commute than usual. We appreciate your patience and will make every effort to ensure you have a comfortable ride home.

Here is my interpretation:

We know the temperatures are going up so here is an excuse just in case we have to delay you so we don't have to pay.


1) On the Lakeshore line, each time we had this I have experienced no delays due to speed restriction. Only delays for signal that have lasted at most 5 minutes.
2) Some lines have had speed restrictions and generally its the older track that is in need of maintenance such as the Milton Line. Since these lines are known to have speed restrictions why not spell it out. Why use a blanket statement. Simply do the research and let people know which lines are affected or have potential to be affected.
3) If it is true that it could be an issue on any lines then having trains go at normal speed through all these lines is a safety issue. If trains are going at 100 km/h all the time and its only at inspection that you enforce the speed restriction then you are risking those lives during the time you have not inspected the track. How often do you inspect the miles and miles of rail? If you are inspecting the track then you would know the locations that may be affected. Presenting a clearer message.

I look forward to hearing back from Go Transit possibly through a comment on this blog.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Move over 10 ride ... here comes Presto

For those still using those ancient 2 ride and 10 ride tickets you will soon have to move over to PRESTO.

Starting June 1, we will no longer sell 2-ride and 10-ride tickets, but we will continue to accept them as valid fare on GO trains and GO buses until July 31. Transfer your balance to a flexible re-loadable PRESTO fare card at GO stations. Learn more at 
This is a welcome move.  I have been using presto for a couple years now and the service is great.  The machines work well on the GO lines, there are lots of them at Union Station.  Even customer service is very responsive.

With all the chaos at Union with the construction, I would also like to note that adding the extra Presto devices in the middle area has made a huge difference.

I only have two complaints so far with Presto:

1) We need more stations to support the devices.
Did you know that PRESTO lets you travel the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with one fare card?  
PRESTO is transferable to most local transit companies in the GTHA, including select TTC stations. When you use your card to transfer from GO to a participating local transit you'll also get a discount on your fare. 

2) We need some of the self service booths like we have at Union Station at some of the other stations like Yonge/Bloor.  Cards are supported here but if you forgot to fill up you are stuck paying a cash fare.

If you have an comments about Presto I look forward to hearing it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Safety Issue at Port Credit: Fences need to be added/repaired at Port Credit

It always takes an accident to show issues that really should be caught ahead of time.  Case in point, students cross the tracks near Port Credit Station all the time, so why is there not a high fence to stop them.  There is an underpass they could be using instead.

In fact, over the course of the Lakeshore line there needs to be an inspection done of places where fences are in need of repair or where fences need to be added.  On the train ride in, just looking out my window I could spot large openings in the fences near the tracks.  This is a big safety issue for kids walking home from school.

I look forward to hearing more on what CN, Go Transit and VIA are planning to do to resolve this safety issue through this busy corridor.

On a related note, I would like to say thank you to Mississauga Transit for their assistance during this incident.  They quickly converted Clarkson Station buses to shuttles and got everyone home.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Get Lucky with Go Transit

Go Transit has a new contest for St Patty's day.  All you need to do is tell them how you were lucky
on the Go Train.  Be sure to enter as you deserve 10 free rides.

Good Luck

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

New TTC Trains less Accessible

Last night I witnessed it first hand at the Dundas Station.  Someone wheeled on their motorized chair at an earlier station but when we reached Dundas Station the gap between the train and the platform was over 2 inches wide.  Normally the gap is under an inch so its possible to back the chair out on the older trains.  I thought maybe it was just the Dundas station but as I watched the train head to Union I noticed the gap was wide most of the way down.  If the TTC is going to order more of these trains then they need to think of a mechanism to close the gap when the train stop.  One possibility is accessible cars like they have on the Go Train and then drop something out of the door over the gap so they can get off.

In our case we had 4 passengers assist on getting the chair off while two others held the person.  The conductor was confused he didn't know what to do.

I look forward to hearing someone from TTC comment on what will be done on these new trains to assist in this matter.  The old trains seem to be find, you can back out the motorized chair and its fine.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Safety at the King Road Yard.

Condolences to the 3 engineers that were killed in the crash.  Train derailments do happen due to weather, extreme heat or cold can be a factor, but when an accident occurs in nice weather on almost the anniversary of another derailment 4 years before, it has to be more than coincidence.  Is there a faulty switch?  Does the track need repair?  Are the trains moving through the yard too fast?  I thought there was a speed limit through freight yards.  I know at Mimico there are signs about speed limits.

(Update: The train was speeding when the incident occurred, but was the freight train speeding 4 years ago when it derailed at the same spot?

These are all questions I would like to see answers on.  I take the Go Train and TTC and would like to know that the sections of track are safe.  If they are not then we need to be resolving those safety issues before expanding service elsewhere.  You may say CN owns the tracks but Go Trains and Via trains use them and should push for them to be a safe place to travel.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Where does the parking ticket money go?

Today in the paper it stated the amount raised on Parking Fines.  Correct me if I am wrong but this money goes to the cities I assume and probably not for Transit Funding.   Are not Go Transit lots private property owned by Go Transit, a government funded private company.

If the parking fines are going to Go Transit, then it would make sense why the priority is on more go lines and not additional parking.  Almost $60,000 is a good amount of money extra to just throw away.  On the other hand, parking lots do take time to build so they could be planning them.  But wait, there are Malls close by with lots of parking.  Why not have people park there and shuttle bus over.  Wow what a concept.  Even better why not run Go Transit buses between stops where there is ample parking to other where there is not.  People can drive to that other stop or a carpool place in between and get shuttled over.

There are alternatives that make economic sense to the consumer.  If you get a $25 ticket for parking illegally that would make it cheaper to drive.  We are supposed to be promoting transit use not deterring it.   Some of the stations mentioned like Richmond Hill are station where you want people not to drive.  Imagine the amount of traffic into downtown that is currently diverted by the Richmond Hill line.  What if everyone said not sure if I will find parking and drive.  Its crazy.

Metrolynx you have done good things with Presto, making the trains run better now its time to step up to the plate and help passengers get to the trains.