Why Rail Matters

Rail is by far the safest and most efficient form of mass public transportation. Similarly, it is a much more practical and sustainable approach to transportation, especially when it comes to emissions, fuel and moving large numbers of people at once.

Why should you ditch the car and take rail?

  • Cost savings, because car operation is typically more expensive than train fares

  • Time saving during rush hour, as trains can travel at a higher speed than the equivalent road speed

  • Higher productivity, because the time spent on a train can be used to carry out other tasks

  • Lower stress levels,  caused by congestion, which can also improve productivity

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1.   Save money and time.

2.   Relax during your trip.

3.   Catch up on work.

4.   Grab a bite or a beverage.

5.   Help the environment.

Just ask Go Transit:​
Provider of commuter rail and bus service in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

Road users, including emergency responders and commercial vehicle drivers, would benefit from:

  • Congestion relief. Experience indicates the development of a Commuter/Regional train system would slow the growth of road traffic and congestion, with a larger share of trips being shifted off the roads.

Residents of Calgary and surrounding

regional municipalities would

benefit from:

  • New transportation options

  • Congestion relief on main roads

  • Air quality benefits

Those who cannot, or do not, drive would benefit from:

  • Better transportation options, particularly for those who live at a distance from their workplaces, young people, members of lower-income households, and those who cannot drive because of age or disability

  • Access to affordable transit that covers the region

The alternative to developing rail transit systems would be to build more roads, expand existing roads, and/or create High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes. How large do we want QE2 to be in the future? Adding more lanes may seem like a reasonable suggestion, but if that was a solution to congestion then Highway 401 in Toronto would be the least congested road in North America, instead of the most congested.

The benefits of commuter rail:

"Canada's worst highway bottleneck is the stretch of Highway 401 that cuts across the north part of the City of Toronto. This bottleneck alone costs commuters over 3 million hours of annual delays. In total, five of the top ten bottlenecks are found in the Toronto area."

Grinding to a Halt, Evaluating Canada's Worst Bottlenecks, a study by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). 

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CITY LAB, Stephen Miller, Aug 10, 2016

 - For a better economy, add commuter rail?

A train station can unlock an area's development potential.

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Transportation Research Board, Transportation in the New Millennium.

 - North American Commuter Rail

"Rights of way and infastructure are already in place..." for new rail transit initiatives (new starts).

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Fonds de recherche, Societe et culture, Quebec

- The advantages of commuter rail

"Research suggests that adding a new public transport service has a strong positive influence on land revenues."

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Transportation Research Board, Transportation in the New Millennium.

- North American Commuter Rail

"Compared with other modes, such as bus or subway, commuter rail service typically has low operating costs per passenger mile."

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CITY LAB, Stephen Miller, Aug 10, 2016

 - For a better economy, add commuter rail?

Ridership will rise with development around the new stop.

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Transportation Research Board, Transportation in the New Millennium.

 - North American Commuter Rail

"The use of existing real estate and infrastructure resources means that a commuter rail new start can be accomplished within the term of office of local elected officials."

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Commuter rail connecting outlying towns and cities to both Calgary and Edmonton.

Regional rail connecting all the towns and cities in the Edmonton - Calgary corridor.

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