GO Transit to test faster train speeds in Guelph on Sunday
A special GO Transit test train will pass through Guelph on Sunday to collect necessary data on increased speeds and service improvements.
Metrolinx said it is working to improve its infrastructure along the Kitchener GO line to expand services in the area.
Metrolinx media relations spokesperson Scott Money said they have been working to improve transit service for some time.
“This line is something that is a priority for Metrolinx and we know communities want more service,” Money said.
The Kitchener GO line connects Toronto to Kitchener and stops in Brampton, Acton, Georgetown, Guelph and Kitchener.
Speeds that will increase permanently this fall
Changes are expected to increase train speeds this fall. More details on this are expected at a later date.
Experts will run the test GO train through the city to move the level crossings where new signals have been installed on Glasgow Street, Yorkshire Street, Edinburgh Road and Alma Street from 6 a.m. on Sunday.
Money advised pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to be cautious and patient, as well as not to attempt to race on trains.
“It’s never a good idea to try to beat the train or get under the arms before they close,” Money said.
“If you see those arms coming down at the crossing, or if you hear the sirens, the lights, the bells, wait. The train will pass real fast and you will be on your way.”
The tests will start at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.
Metrolinx strives to improve signals, switches and grade at railway crossings where road and railroad crosses so that cars come to a stop.
The money says it’s a priority, so there can be more services put in place to get trains to use these routes more often and at a faster speed.
They also decided to gradually increase the speed of the trains in order to significantly reduce slow travel times, as the speed in areas such as Glasgow Street, Yorkshire Street, Edinburgh Road and Alma Street decreases to a speed of 15 km / h , when traveling between Guelph and Kitchener.
“Anyone who takes the GO train through Guelph, if you’ve got up in Kitchener or if you’re heading into town or coming back to Kitchener, you’ll notice… through that stretch in Guelph… the trains are going down at a very slow pace,” he said. declared Money.
“This work will allow trains to travel at around 80 km / h on these sections.”