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GO Transit
(05-07-2018, 07:33 PM)danbrotherston Wrote: Branching wouldn't be ideal, but there's probably room on the Kitchener line (once enhancements are done) for say 10 minute service with 20 minute service in Kitchener and 20 minute service in Cambridge which I think would be reasonable. But that's to say nothing of the option of simply having Cambridge <-> Guelph be a shuttle.  

A shuttle would probably make sense until such time that the Cambridge ridership numbers are big enough.

Does anyone have GO bus ridership stats from Kitchener and Cambridge?
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Yes, that was my thought - a shuttle doesn’t affect the current Kitchener schedule at all, so there’s no harm to it.
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On a mid afternoon wb route 30, I've seen anywhere from 3 to 30'passengers over the post few months.
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So this was surreal.  As I'm walking up to the office this morning there's a Wynn bus in the parking lot and Steven Del Duca, MPP, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, former Minister of Transportation standing right by the office door. So I shook his hand, thanked him for his work on the transit file and told him how important I think 'the missing link' freight bypass is to the region. What an odd encounter...
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During the week, I think there’s GO Bus service from KW to one of the stations on the Kitchener line, and then you can take a train the rest of the way. Is that service not available on weekends? I can’t seem to get a route to Union that does this. All the options are this 25 Bus that goes to Square One and forced awkward transfers. Any ideas?
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(06-09-2018, 06:47 AM)Canard Wrote: During the week, I think there’s GO Bus service from KW to one of the stations on the Kitchener line, and then you can take a train the rest of the way. Is that service not available on weekends? I can’t seem to get a route to Union that does this. All the options are this 25 Bus that goes to Square One and forced awkward transfers. Any ideas?

No, sadly that bus is weekday only for some reason. Weekend the 25 is the only option.   There are express buses that go faster but only useful if the university is convenient.  There are a handful that are express from the university to the new 407 subway station, but otherwise all terminate in square one.

A few times I've taken my bike on the go to square one then biked to Toronto, the route isn't bad but it's pretty far so it's not like it's a faster option. 

On weekends best option for Toronto is often Greyhound, but they don't take bikes Sad.
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Ahhhh, okay - that’s where I was getting tripped up. Thanks Dan!

University to the 407 station would be perfect. Cheers!
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(06-09-2018, 07:07 AM)Canard Wrote: Ahhhh, okay - that’s where I was getting tripped up. Thanks Dan!

University to the 407 station would be perfect. Cheers!

NP...the University to 407 station sounds really good, which is why it's disappointing that it really is only a few runs, like, 2-3 per day...but if the times work out, it's really convenient.  (It's the 25F by the way)

GO Transit could be so much better even without the train.

Even the regular 25 could be better if they figured out how to do side of highway park and ride stations instead of meandering through the city to a parking lot for 5 minutes.
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(06-09-2018, 07:06 AM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(06-09-2018, 06:47 AM)Canard Wrote: During the week, I think there’s GO Bus service from KW to one of the stations on the Kitchener line, and then you can take a train the rest of the way. Is that service not available on weekends? I can’t seem to get a route to Union that does this. All the options are this 25 Bus that goes to Square One and forced awkward transfers. Any ideas?

No, sadly that bus is weekday only for some reason. Weekend the 25 is the only option.   There are express buses that go faster but only useful if the university is convenient.  There are a handful that are express from the university to the new 407 subway station, but otherwise all terminate in square one.

A few times I've taken my bike on the go to square one then biked to Toronto, the route isn't bad but it's pretty far so it's not like it's a faster option. 

On weekends best option for Toronto is often Greyhound, but they don't take bikes Sad.

The 30 to Bramalea is really good unless you want to bike anywhere from Bramalea (in which case it's really bad). Sometimes I've arranged to come in from Montreal not on the weekend specifically so that I could take the 30.

The 25 does stop at both universities, and WLU is closer to me than the University of Waterloo, but it's still a 15 minute walk or so. I've taken the 25F and it's decent at getting you to, say, midtown Toronto.

A few months ago I came in from Campbellton NB on the VIA with my bike and then had to ride from Union to Square One before I could take the bus to here, since I arrived at Union at rush hour and there are no ways to bring your bike out to the GO bus at that time.
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I just looked at the actual schedule - it looks like the 25 F does not run on Saturday, but does run on Sunday. Bizarre.
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25F is only a Friday/Sunday run for students.
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Even without a train connection, the 30 could be useful on weekends as there are numerous other bus routes that pass through Bramalea regularly, including some to 407 and Finch subway stations.
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(06-09-2018, 09:04 AM)timio Wrote: 25F is only a Friday/Sunday run for students.

Correct, it meets a very specific demand.
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Well, that’s frustrating.

Once again I have given up on trying to take transit to Toronto.. it’s just too complicated, confusing and expensive. Grrrrr
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Whatever weight you place on this, the newly elected provincial majority government did promise to expedite two way all day GO trains to Kitchener.
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