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ION - Waterloo Region's Light Rail Transit
(Yesterday, 02:55 PM)jgsz Wrote:
(Yesterday, 01:37 PM)Viewfromthe42 Wrote: If they wanted to do that, they might consider doing a Christmas shopping train that goes between UpTown and Queen, to help people park once and check out all their uptown/downtown chopping needs. Of course, I don't know where crossovers are, so...

There hasn't been any Christmas shopping in downtown Kitchener since the King Centre was turned into offices and the shops closed in Market Square.

Combine it with Christkindl, and promote it to anyone working in DTK who is parked there for work, wants to shop UpTown, but would consider going/returning by ION so that they don't have to rearrange their car.
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(Yesterday, 03:25 PM)Bob_McBob Wrote: I like the promotional idea I saw elsewhere of running a special train decked out with lights to pick up Christmas food and gift donations at stations.

So like Stuff-a-Bus but with a train? Big Grin
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I think running demo trains is great. One possible complication is that we don't own the trains yet. Bombardier still does. I wonder what the contract says as to the closing date for the deal.
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(Yesterday, 09:20 PM)plam Wrote: I think running demo trains is great. One possible complication is that we don't own the trains yet. Bombardier still does. I wonder what the contract says as to the closing date for the deal.

The closing date is whenever the Region decides it is.
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Interesting. I guess that setting a too-early closing date means accepting a bunch of risk, but there is PR value in running demo trains.

Train-car interactions may also be more common during testing than regular production (I hope!) so that delaying as long as possible is probably a good idea in that sense.
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