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Go Train rookie has a question
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Rumpel Felt.
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#12
What would be good to do would be to ask why the GO website page for Kitchener (http://www.gotransit.com/publicroot/en/t...ation=KITC) lists no parking available. It doesn't list the parking right at the station (which I believe you have to pay for, and that might mean GO doesn't want to talk about it), nor does it list the Rumpel Felt lot (which is free but only if you arrive before a certain hour). I didn't think it would be possible for them to ignore those options, but it's a VERY legitimate question to ask why they aren't listed on the website (which is the first place I would look, were I to require a car to get to a GO station), and makes it very hard to believe that we are getting maximum ridership if we are telling people, falsely, that they have to get a ride (drop-off, GRT, taxi, walk, bike) to the station (eve if I would personally always prefer people to have the option to do).
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(08-29-2017, 08:38 AM)Viewfromthe42 Wrote: What would be good to do would be to ask why the GO website page for Kitchener (http://www.gotransit.com/publicroot/en/t...ation=KITC) lists no parking available. It doesn't list the parking right at the station (which I believe you have to pay for, and that might mean GO doesn't want to talk about it), nor does it list the Rumpel Felt lot (which is free but only if you arrive before a certain hour). I didn't think it would be possible for them to ignore those options, but it's a VERY legitimate question to ask why they aren't listed on the website (which is the first place I would look, were I to require a car to get to a GO station), and makes it very hard to believe that we are getting maximum ridership if we are telling people, falsely, that they have to get a ride (drop-off, GRT, taxi, walk, bike) to the station (eve if I would personally always prefer people to have the option to do).

Metroxlinx owns neither of those lots (one is owned by Via, one is owned by the Region).  The website correctly reports that metrolinx provides no parking at the Kitchener GO Station.  Never mind that this isn't a useful or relevant distinction for actual commuters, but it makes sense in the bureaucracy that is metrolinx.

I do wonder how many stations are in this situation.  I doubt there are many.  Our's might be an exception in that way, given that we have no park and ride station nearby.
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(08-29-2017, 07:37 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Rumpel Felt.

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Here you go.  Confirmation.  The sign is there, it's just been knocked down and is laying next to the ticketing station.  Free parking for Go Train riders if you arrive before 7:10am (the time the last train to Toronto departs). 

 I don't know how you get a ticket for your dash or if you need one.  It doesn't explain that.  

Oh yeah, a little tidbit I learned coming back from Toronto on Monday.  The 4:50pm train from Union Station is an express train and saves nearly 20-30 minutes off the ride.  If you're coming back from toronto, try to get this train.  It's packed up until the first station (Bramalea? or something like that) and then seats are plentiful.  (Lookit that, I'm commenting like a Go Transit veteran already!!)

Our first experience on the train was overall positive.  Right on time, comfortable, and mostly convenient.  People out of Union Station actually gave up their seats for my two kids to sit on a packed train.  That surprised me a little, but it likely saved them from getting trampled at that first stop LOL

*edit: not sure why the whole picture isn't showing, it's a low res version of what I shot on my iphone, likely just wrong dimensions


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(08-29-2017, 10:34 PM)Cartcanuck Wrote: I don't know how you get a ticket for your dash or if you need one.  It doesn't explain that. 

The machine used to give out free tickets early in the morning, and I used it several times. I believe they took the machine out of service once the underpass work started. I parked there a couple of times after that without trouble, although only until 10am or so (my wife picked it up).
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(08-29-2017, 10:59 AM)Canard Wrote:
(08-29-2017, 07:37 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Rumpel Felt.

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Spelling correction.
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(08-29-2017, 10:34 PM)Cartcanuck Wrote: *edit: not sure why the whole picture isn't showing, it's a low res version of what I shot on my iphone, likely just wrong dimensions

It's still 2000x1500 pixels so too big for the forum software to display.  For some reason it won't resize or scale attachments.
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Glad to hear you had a very positive experience!
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