Freight Bypass

Kitchener Line Updates #brampoli #gotransit #onpoli


Our group follows the Kitchener Line closely as members of our group use the line each day for commuting, to attend medical appointments, or to catch sports games in Toronto. Also, there’s a municipal election happening right now in Brampton (and a recent provincial election), and more GO train service has been raised and discussed by candidates and residents.

We also want a Kitchener Line that brings people to Brampton for live-work-play-school. So here are some recent updates on what’s happening for the Kitchener Line. Metrolinx also hosts a dedicated page for the Kitchener Line here.

  1. Media article: “Overnight [Guelph] track improvements to continue until the end of the year, says Metrolinx.”
    • This article notes that track improvements will improve the speed on the Line through Guelph. Specific work includes upgrading two level crossings, replacing ties and ballasts and adding fencing.

     

  2. September 2018 Metrolinx Report
    • In this report, it notes: “Strategic passenger & freight rail: A Quality Based Selection (QBS) tender was released in June 2018 to study options for journey time and service frequency improvements on the Kitchener Corridor. Some of these options anticipate the construction of a freight bypass to facilitate the separation of passenger and freight rail traffic on the Halton Subdivision.”

     

  3. Bramalea Station Interim Control By-law Extended for another year
    • The City of Brampton is doing planning work for the area around the Bramalea GO Station. As part of this work they passed a by-law and have now extended it until October 11, 2019. Metrolinx is also doing construction to upgrade the Bramalea Station and work continues.

     

  4. Metrolinx town hall Q and A
    • Metrolinx held a recent question and answer session with their senior management where they took questions online, from social media, and from audience members. A Kitchener Line commuter asked about the status of the Kitchener Line service improvements and discussions with CN Rail who own the tracks between Bramalea and Georgetown. Here is a video timed to the question and response from Phil Verster, CEO of Metrolinx. Worth a watch.
       

 

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Letter to the Metrolinx Board Highlighting Brampton Topics


Metrolinx allows for written deputations for their Board meetings and in the past we’ve submitted feedback on issues that matter to Brampton residents. The Board met today and as we’ve done in the past, we submitted a letter to highlight topics important to Brampton residents. PDF version of our letter is available here. Text version below.

The letter notes a number of staff reports before the Board and you can see a copy of those reports here. The meetings are livestreamed and then available on Metrolinx’s YouTube channel.

Let us know if you have any feedback on the letter. Also, we’re always looking for volunteers to advocate for transit and active transportation so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Donald Wright, Chair
Metrolinx
97 Front St W, 4th floor
Toronto, Ontario  M5J 1E6

September 13, 2018


Dear Mr. Wright,

We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide feedback on a number of items before the Board at your September 14, 2018 meeting.

First, congratulations on being appointed Chair of the Metrolinx Board. Fight Gridlock in Brampton is a Brampton-based group of residents who volunteer to advocate for more rapid transit investment, transit service improvements, and active transportation for our city.

We’ve reviewed the agenda package for the meeting and provide the following comments:

Item No. 8 RTP/”Making it Happen” Update, page 5

“Strategic passenger & freight rail: A Quality Based Selection (QBS) tender was released in June 2018 to study options for journey time and service frequency improvements on the Kitchener Corridor. Some of these options anticipate the construction of a freight bypass to facilitate the separation of passenger and freight rail traffic on the Halton Subdivision.”

It’s encouraging to hear that progress is being made for more GO train service west of Bramalea Station. We continue to encourage Metrolinx, CN Rail, the Province, the Federal government, and the City of Brampton to work collaboratively on increasing capacity and service.

Item No. 12 Quarterly Reports, 12.4 Capital Projects

Page 2 – it’s always helpful to see Table 1: Program Overview which outlines the budget – including the $2.25B for the Kitchener Bypass – of the Metrolinx Capital projects.

Page 3 –  Hurontario LRT – it’s great to hear the RFP is “in-market” and we hope a decision and the awarding of the contract can be done soon.

Page 7 – Highway 401/409 Tunnel – this is an important project for the Kitchener Line and we’re pleased to read that design is nearing 60% completion. Also on this page, there is a reference made to work taking place at the Bramalea GO Station. We sincerely hope that active transportation is being taking into consideration for the Bramalea Station revitalization. Particularly, people walking and cycling from the streets fronting the property should have a safe and dedicated way to get to the station building. Please pass this comment to the design team.

Page 9 – Kitchener Extension – our feedback is that we think this heading should be called the “Freight Bypass for the Kitchener Line” in the future to add clarity.

Also, it’s great to hear that 12-coach trains will finally be added to the Kitchener Line. Our observation is that ridership is increasing on the Kitchener Line and 12-coach trains are very much needed.

Thank you to Metrolinx staff for all their hard work at expanding transit for our region and for Brampton.

– Members of Fight Gridlock in Brampton

cc: Mayor Jeffrey

Brampton’s MPPs

Minister of Transportation

Chris Duyvestyn, P.Eng., Director, Transportation Special Projects, City of Brampton

Darshpreet Bhatti, P.Eng., Director, Hurontario Light Rail, Metrolinx