Here We GO?

Last evening I stopped by the GO Open House/Information session at market square. In addition to a snazzy new tote bag, some GO Mints (??) and a free pen, I also received some very interesting information about the process of deciding how/where/why to put in expanded GO rail service. Market Square wasn’t packed, but it did seem like a good turnout — many local residents quite eager for this to happen, at least according to the snippets of conversation I heard as I walked around the event last evening.

For what it is worth, I think regular GO Train service to Niagara is long overdue. When I first moved here I was a little shocked to discover that GO service was not available in this region. It just seems like a no-brainer to me. Instead, we have jam-packed lanes on the QEW and increasingly long and frustrating drives to Toronto. (Is it any wonder that I rarely go in to Toronto?) With events like the 2014 Congress of Humanities & Social Sciences and the 2015 Pan Am Games (which will include Niagara sites) coming up, it seems like this sort of transportation system is not really optional.

Fingers crossed!

Transit Issues in the News

Today’s paper reports that the St. Catharines Transit commission is looking to improve service and expand routes. All I have to say is a great big, “hell yeah!”

Also of interest: more discussion on a regional transit system (come on folks, this is a desperately-needed service!) and an GO Transit open house tomorrow evening in Market Square.

[Update: And yet another article about transit in today’s paper. My favourite quote: “some politicians seem completely unaware that there’s a whole class of working adults who don’t drive cars.” Exactly!!]