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Maple GO- where did all these people come from?

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Maple GO- where did all these people come from?

Since the start of September, there has been a significant increase in passengers in Maple GO, even when considering summer is over and people are back to work (Before June, it wasn’t anywhere near the amount of people nowadays). Now the supplementary parking lot is full by 7:50am. Are these people from Rutherford?
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Think of the Childre…
Back to school.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Back to School.

And also - Rutherford GO station is under heavy construction at the moment. They closed probably 1/4 to 1/3 of the entire lot to build a badly needed multi story parking lot. They're also lowering Rutherford to go under the train tracks. The estimated completion date is 2022. Which means 2024 at least. So you're going to experience these crowds for a bit longer. Lmao.

I noticed a ripple effect onto the Richmond Hill line. There's been an increase in people at Langstaff and also RHill.
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iEyeCaptain wrote:
Sep 17th, 2019 9:57 am
Back to School.

And also - Rutherford GO station is under heavy construction at the moment. They closed probably 1/4 to 1/3 of the entire lot to build a badly needed multi story parking lot. They're also lowering Rutherford to go under the train tracks. The estimated completion date is 2022. Which means 2024 at least. So you're going to experience these crowds for a bit longer. Lmao.

I noticed a ripple effect onto the Richmond Hill line. There's been an increase in people at Langstaff and also RHill.
Wow! How do they do that while leaving the track intact? Sounds like a huge undertaking.
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....every mode of transportation is stressed when school starts again...

gets a little better in October...once ppl know their schedule (at school)
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I hate traffic.

Toronto used to be alright but now there are too many people.
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anonguy123 wrote:
Sep 17th, 2019 11:54 am
I hate traffic.

Toronto used to be alright but now there are too many people.
I said the same thing about Newmarket.
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kenchau wrote:
Sep 17th, 2019 10:55 am
Wow! How do they do that while leaving the track intact? Sounds like a huge undertaking.
It really is. I'm wondering how they'll do it without having to close the extremely busy road.

Every time I go by, I'm guessing how they're going to do it.

As of right now, they dug huge trenches on both sides of the road. They may redirect the road temporarily.
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Toronto badly needs more heavy rail service.
People are obviously willing to pay for it, but it's simply not available.
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gh05t wrote:
Sep 17th, 2019 12:30 pm
Toronto badly needs more heavy rail service.
People are obviously willing to pay for it, but it's simply not available.
really...so much outrage on the Pearson to Union train...

gov'ts arent willling to spend a lot on infrastructure that goes beyond 4 years lol...cause they dont benefit from it once they get kicked out.
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iEyeCaptain wrote:
Sep 17th, 2019 12:23 pm
It really is. I'm wondering how they'll do it without having to close the extremely busy road.

Every time I go by, I'm guessing how they're going to do it.

As of right now, they dug huge trenches on both sides of the road. They may redirect the road temporarily.
A good chunk of the parking has been moved to the new lot down the street. The road will be shifted over south of where it currently is by the end of October. Work will then commence to build the underpass which will take another two years.

To answer OP's question, ridership is simply increasing more and more each year. People are moving further out from the city and the Barrie line is a pretty convenient option to get downtown quickly - check out the percentage increases for Rutherford and Maple https://metrolinx.files.wordpress.com/2 ... detail.pdf and https://metrolinx.files.wordpress.com/2 ... ed-map.pdf

Metrolinx has done a decent job so far at providing increased # of trains for the morning and afternoon commutes but will need to double track the line to further increase capacity.
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iEyeCaptain wrote:
Sep 17th, 2019 9:57 am
Back to School.

And also - Rutherford GO station is under heavy construction at the moment. They closed probably 1/4 to 1/3 of the entire lot to build a badly needed multi story parking lot. They're also lowering Rutherford to go under the train tracks. The estimated completion date is 2022. Which means 2024 at least. So you're going to experience these crowds for a bit longer. Lmao.

I noticed a ripple effect onto the Richmond Hill line. There's been an increase in people at Langstaff and also RHill.
kenchau wrote:
Sep 17th, 2019 10:55 am

Wow! How do they do that while leaving the track intact? Sounds like a huge undertaking.
iEyeCaptain wrote:
Sep 17th, 2019 12:23 pm
It really is. I'm wondering how they'll do it without having to close the extremely busy road.

Every time I go by, I'm guessing how they're going to do it.

As of right now, they dug huge trenches on both sides of the road. They may redirect the road temporarily.
They did one of these in Ottawa (Greenbank Road in the Suburb Barrhaven) after the OC Transpo Double Decker Bus & Via Rail Train Accident
Dug down so the previous level crossing ended up where the road went under the train track (now on an overpass)
Took them like a year to complete.
The traffic on the busy street was detoured (Other side, they did the over pass in 2 halfs essentially) many times in the year that the construction took place
But the railway track never was never truly shut down
(It’s part of the mainline from Ottawa to Kingston / Toronto)
Quite the bit of engineering

And there will be much more in the months / years to come

The outcome of the Crash Inquiry was these level crossings (even with signals and lift gates)
Are too dangerous for an urban area

The general area of Westend Ottawa where the crash happened had 14 such crossings at the time of the accident
(Merivale - Woodroffe - OC Transitway ... where the accident happened - Greenbank - Jockvale - Stranherd - McKenna Casey - Moodie - Cambrian - Twin Elm - Barnsdale - Eagleson - Ottawa - McBean )
To date, only Greenbank Road crossing has been fixed.
Stranherd is next ... here they intend to do the opposite, an overpass over the tracks as it is believed that Stranherd is becoming a major access road into the community ... they are planning to widen it to 4 lanes at the same time

All in this is a huge & expensive long term undertaking for the city
So many over & under Passes
But it’s got to be done ... the 14 Crossings are in what are some of Ottawa’s fastest growing communities
Nepean = 1
Barrhaven = 10
Richmond = 3
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One year, eh? I hope that's the case. They gave a total project completion date of 2022. That's probably including the multi story parking lot, too.
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This explains why Langstaff seems packed the last few days as well. I usually get a seat in the mornings boarding Langstaff.

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