Kitchener residents deserve clarity on all-day, two-way GO service: HarrisSeptember 24, 2014
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September 24, 2014
Kitchener residents deserve clarity on all-day, two-way GO service: Harris
More announcements = more questions on moving target
KITCHENER – “When will we be getting all-day, two-way GO train service in Kitchener?”
That question from Kitchener-Conestoga MPP and Transportation Critic Michael Harris following yet another Liberal Government announcement which failed to provide any further clarity on details for expanding GO Train service for Kitchener residents.
“Once again we see another government re-announcement of their goal to increase service along the Kitchener line, and more confusion on what ‘all-day, two-way’ actually means or when that will happen – if ever,” Harris said. “Commuters are under the impression that all-day, two-way service means frequent trains going east and westbound all day long, not a few extra morning trains going into Toronto and a few more returning to Kitchener at night.”
While announcing the $76 million purchase of a 53 kilometre stretch of CN rail line between Kitchener and Georgetown, neither Liberal MPP Daiene Vernile nor the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation were able to provide any clarity on the promised delivery of all-day, two-way service within ten years. When pressed by media, Go Transit VP of Operations, Paul Finnerty failed to commit to the goal, going only so far as to say they were “working toward” the ten year commitment.
“Time and again, we see this government going back and forth on their word, rather than giving us precise timelines,” Harris said. “Ahead of the 2014 Election, the Premier re-announced adding Kitchener GO Train service after having cancelling it in 2010, but once she formed government, she stated more trains would be added ‘immediately,’ and now having been in office for three months, her government can’t commit to a timeline.”
Harris indicated that given the vital link GO provides he looks forward to working with area representatives to seek definitive answers on what has become a moving target.
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