A joint federal-provincial announcement today added a long list of GO transit improvements to the parking lot and the Hamilton Junction grade separation projects.
Among today’s improvements are:
- Extension of GO Rail service into downtown Barrie (completion in 2011)
- Expansion of the tunnel at Exhibition Station to provide a new north access, and additional track capacity at this station (completion in 2011)
- Widening of the Credit River bridge on the Georgetown line to a capacity of three tracks, with two tracks initially on the new structure
- Refurbishing existing locomotives to improve reliability
- Adding 20 bi-level coaches to the fleet
Regular readers will know that I railed [sorry about that] against the amount of spending on parking lots announced in February. Today’s project list is much more oriented to improvement of service and passenger facilities. Yes, I know that to car commuters, parking is an important part of those facilities, but it’s not the only one.
From a longer range point of view, the planning issue of how parking lots and structures poison station locations remains a big problem. The Metrolinx plan for “Mobility Hubs” doesn’t work very well without pedestrian-oriented stations and good local bus services.