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I give full credit to rookie Liberal MPP Daiene Vernile, the provincial MPP for Kitchener Centre for sponsoring a recent forum at the Kitchener Library with Metrolinx officials.
People in the Waterloo Region want the answer to a simple question. When will there be all day GO Transit service in this area? Metrolinx have stated they hope this will happen by 2024.
This quote from the Cambridge Times coverage of the meeting shows just how challenging some of the improvements are.
“The first step is a new 30-kilometre corridor (between Bramalea and Milton) to bypass CNs existing track, so that we can build capacity,” said Gord Troughton, Metrolinx director of corridor infrastructure.
That work alone will require up to 35 new bridges for road and water crossings, including significant crossings of Highways 401 and 410, the modification and/or relocation of up to 17 hydro towers and up to 3.4 kilometres of major gas lines, as well as the construction of 60 km of new track.
Add in the fact that the government does not have an agreement with CN yet and there are still lots of challenges still ahead.
I am supportive of the provincial and federal governments trying to solve the existing problems on the line to bring more convenient, faster trains from Kitchener into Toronto. For decades the North Main Line has been neglected by CN and it is time for passenger rail renewal. We need to support this massive project regardless if it is GO Transit, VIA Rail or a private company offering higher speed rail delivering passenger rail service in the future on the line.
There are two recent articles to read on the subject.