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The tunnel is just one of the projects required for expansion to the Kitchener line.

CN Freight Bypass, double tracking from Georgetown through Kitchener along with whatever grade separation are required, electrification, and other projects all work together to enhance the whole.
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Metrolinx has released a draft Regional 2041 Transportation Plan: 
http://www.metrolinx.com/en/docs/pdf/boa...ort_EN.pdf

Hidden within the report on page 77 is the draft 2041 HOV and Regional Express Bus network, which has some interesting nuggets for this part of the GGH:

Regional Express Bus (every 30-60 minutes)
  • Kitchener - Guelph via Hwy 7
  • Guelph - Aberfoyle - Hamilton/Burlington via Hwy 6
  • Guelph - Cambridge via Wellington CR 124
  • Cambridge - Brantford via Hwy 24
  • Cambridge - Hamilton via Hwy 8
HOV Lanes along Hwy 401:
  • Committed - Hwy 8 to Townline Rd, Hwy 25 to Hwy 410
  • Proposed - Townline Rd to Puslinch/Milton border
  • For further study - Puslinch/Milton border to Hwy 25
   
   

Metrolinx has also put up the presentation slides used for the August 30 presentation to Council re: Kitchener Corridor expansion:

https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/engag...loo-region
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Let's hope it doesn't take that long to make them happen.
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Looks like the Aberfoyle-Hamilton route hits Aldershot. If this gets weekend service, I'm all over it.
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I was at Charles Street last night waiting for someone to get to town by Greyhound, and the line up for the Guelph bus was equal to that going to Toronto. Greyhound already runs eight buses a day Kitchener to Guelph and, as far as I can tell, they are all pretty busy. I can't imagine it taking more than twenty years before half-hourly service is justified.

Good stuff about the HOV lanes through the Region, but...those are planned sometime between now and 2041? Not immediately following the widening work?
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It looks like Metrolinx is starting to plan for / announce improvements along the Georgetown - Kitchener stretch of track.

Exhibit A:  Planned improvements west of Guelph Station

Quote:Planned Railway Corridor work between Guelph Station and Hwy 6:
  • Replacement of 2000 ties
  • Replacement of all mainline rail
  • Improving ballast locations
  • Replacement of 7-8 turnouts
  • 5 crossing rehabilitations: Dublin, Yorkshire, Edinburgh, Alma, Glasgow
  • Fencing work along the corridor, including near Kent Street
Track speed to be increased from 10 mph to 30 mph, subject to working in partnership with the City.

No timeline given, but one can assume the end of the GEXR maintenance agreement next year is the catalyst for this moving forward.

(Found on UrbanToronto)
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So, if we can figure out over what distance the train is currently limited to 16kph, we can determine how much time savings might be gained by increasing that to (still slow) 48kph.

But there is zero chance of Guelph ever getting high speed rail if the best we can do for a long stretch is either of those speeds.
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Shame to hear about the fencing along Kent Street though. Can't imagine residents will be happy about that.
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(10-06-2017, 04:20 PM)DHLawrence Wrote: Shame to hear about the fencing along Kent Street though. Can't imagine residents will be happy about that.

I’ll be interested to see if the fencing is reasonable. If it is I doubt anybody will object much. A low fence would be sufficient. With legal crossings at Glasgow and Dublin, no paths entering Kent St. between those two streets, and a retaining wall immediately south of the tracks east of Dublin, there really isn’t much incentive to cross the tracks illegally in the first place. As a result the fence doesn’t need to be much.

By contrast, if they are hell-bent on stopping crossing in a place where they really ought to build a legal crossing, they will need something that looks like a segment of the Berlin wall.
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Interesting solution to the cancellation of one of the Niagara "Bike Trains":


...can't say I'd be thrilled about having my bike smashed together like that with the others, but... still, a creative solution.
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(10-09-2017, 05:53 AM)Canard Wrote: Interesting solution to the cancellation of one of the Niagara "Bike Trains":


...can't say I'd be thrilled about having my bike smashed together like that with the others, but... still, a creative solution.

I was thinking the same. Absolutely no way I’d put my bike in there.
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Metrolinx to replace the Guelph "100 Steps" pedestrian bridge early in 2018


"The steps to the bridge are owned by the city, while the bridge itself is owned and maintained by the railway companies that utilize the rail corridor."

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