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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:54 pm 
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What are your thoughts on an amalgamated Halton Region transit system as identified in this article (http://www.insidehalton.com/community/m ... cle/622777)?

My initial thoughts are that this strategic move could be of great benefit to all just like it has been in York Region and Durham Region.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:21 am 
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I think it's a step in the right direction. Would certainly need to evaluate the level of service that could be provided in each community under such a plan.

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It would definately be able to help those people who work in outlining areas like Burlington and Oakville to entice them to take public transit.

Right now there are no viable options for them for public transit and it would be a step in the right direction. Cost wise it would help as they would be split between the municipalities...obviously the percentages would have to be negogiated.

Its not an idea that can be dismissed for sure.

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The regional transit meeting is taking place on March 30th at the Milton Sports Centre at 7 p.m. I will be there to see what is proposed. This is also another step in moving public transit forward and making it the way of the future. It should be an interesting meeting.

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It sucks that it worked out to be that this meeting is being held at basically the same time as Milton's Official Plan Review (Growth Conformity) public open house :cry: http://www.milton.ca//plandev/opr/OPRNo ... ch2010.pdf

In theory one could maybe first go to the Halton Transit presentation at 7pm, leave around 8pm-ish and still see some of the Milton official plan review open house before it closes at 9pm. But I hate to rush from one to the other.

I know the Milton one also has an open house hours from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm today as well, but it's difficult for some people to take time off work to go during the day. The evening ones are more easy to attend.

Who's going to which tonight?

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I'd love to go to both, but if I make it to any it will be the town official plan review. Not even sure about that because I'm desperately trying to wrap up some final tasks for work before I go off on mat leave Thursday....


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Thanks everyone for your posts.

The Regional Transportation Master Plan meeting held tonight had a number of people there from all parts of the community with a number of questions and comments made during the presentation. Thanks to everyone who attended.

If you could not attend and want more information here is the presentation boards and more details on the next meetings and the public workshop which will be held on Saturday June 5th.

www.halton.ca/htmp

You can also sign up for future meetings and make your comments known to regional staff who are working on the report.


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I'd like to see us use north-south CN rail lines for a light-rail transit between Milton and Oakville. Add a couple of connections to Mississauga (even if there's just one on Derry). Those will give folks a way to go northsouth and eastwest, something that's missing today.

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Zeeshan Hamid wrote:
I'd like to see us use north-south CN rail lines for a light-rail transit between Milton and Oakville. Add a couple of connections to Mississauga (even if there's just one on Derry). Those will give folks a way to go northsouth and eastwest, something that's missing today.


Now that's long-term planning - - - 2091 Transit Strategy

I think the first step is to take on GO's Hwy 25 bus service.

I also think Palermo Village (Dundas and 25) is a key node in Halton's regional transit strategy. It's at the crossing of two arterials that are protected for HOV lanes and geographically located in the centre of the tri-town area (affectionately now coined Milburoak)


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I was at this meeting back in March (I believe, it's been a while for me) and I am attending the workshop in June. Check out the website, it's pretty informative.

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In my opinion - one of the biggest obstacles facing a regional transit system is - believe it or not - our green spaces.

Let me explain - Oakville and Burlington are separated by Bronte Park ... this leaves Dundas as not only the primary but only east-west high capacity line. You can forget Lakeshore as a secondary high capacity corridor.

Also, the lands surrounding the 407 are designated as green space. This separates Oakville from Milton.

This means Burlington, Oakville and Milton are all physically separated by natural barriers making intra-regional connections only possible on select corridors (Dundas and 25); which means that transit would be localized just as it is today.

So, I think it would be difficult to make a business case for increased revenue/ridership from an integrated system. The only area for efficiencies would be potentially through maintenance and administrative savings.


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One option that was presented at the public meeting was an option where a regional transit system would still be viable by allowing each region (Milton, Oakville, etc..) to "contract out" what services they would require. So even though you would have a region-wide transit system, for the most part it would service individual areas. I'm sure over time, you would have more connector services to get people from Milton to Oakville or Burlington.

I was registered to attend the regional workshop last Saturday, but could not attend due to some work committments. I know Zeeshan attended and I think he was planning on posting some information from the workshop in due course.

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