On July 27, David Cavlovic passed on another Ottawa Sun article in this thread. He comments:
Well, NOW it’s getting really ridiculous.
That’s all we need. It’s not enough that resources are stretched in the GTA, let’s stretch it in other cities as well.
Toronto Transit CORPORATION. Oh dear. Harbinger of the future?
[The article’s author is not in touch with Toronto’s transit system as we saw yesterday.]
Fortunately, there is a bit of good sense on Council:
River Coun. Maria McRae, who is also the chair of the city’s transportation committee, said there is no reason why GO Transit and OC Transpo can’t work together.
“We can do both,” said McRae. “We should pursue that GO model for outside the city, but not lose focus on Ottawa’s transit issues.”
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David Cavlovic passed on the following item of interest from the Ottawa Sun.
Ottawa could be moving from the O-Train to the GO Train.
With Mayor Larry O’Brien mapping out an ambitious inter-regional commuter transit plan for Eastern Ontario, the province’s biggest regional commuter carrier, GO Transit, is expressing interest in helping the city with its plan.
“It’s definitely something we would look at,” said Jamie Rilett, communications director for Ontario Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield, whose department operates the Government of Ontario (GO) network in the Greater Toronto Area.
“When it was first brought up to us and we discussed it with various mayors and members from the Ottawa area, it was made clear to them we would look at any proposal they had and if they were interested in having GO participate in whatever way then it’s definitely something we would consider,” said Rilett.
[The full article goes on to talk about how wonderful GO is, and manages to get some of the facts wrong.]
Amusingly, this is yet another situation where a comment comes not from the GTTA but from the Minister’s office. At tomorrow’s GTTA meeting, maybe they can discuss a small eastward expansion of their territory.
More to the point, Ottawa has to decide whether it wants a commuter rail network providing relatively infrequent service oriented to peak demand, or a transit network. These are two completely different things.