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.

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