Posts Tagged ‘Toronto GO Transit’

CN Signal Work Sends VIA onto Freight-Only Line

December 1, 2020

VIA Rail Canada trains recently operated over a freight-only stretch of track in Ontario, thus giving rare mileage riders some bonus coverage.

VIA normally uses the Canadian National Oakville Subdivision in the Toronto region but it was closed for two days for signal and infrastructure work.

That sent VIA detouring over the Halton Subdivision. Affected were VIA trains Nos. 71, 72, 75, and 7.

The reoute added 30 minutes to their schedules and they were able to continue stopping in Aldershot, Brantford, Ingersoll, Woodstock, London, Glencoe, Chatham, and Windsor.

The 25-mile freight-only segment used by VIA detours was between Silver and Burlington West, 25 miles.

CN rebuilt it in 1964 for use as a cutoff to bypass downtown Toronto and to reroute freight traffic to Toronto’s Macmillan Yard.

Milton, Ontario, in the middle of that freight-only section is served by GO Transit commuter service on CP Rail’s Galt Subdivision but the CN route has never had regular passenger service since the upgrade aside from a few passenger reroutes every few years.

Niagara Falls Gets Amtrak Station Lease

November 11, 2016

The long awaited lease agreement with Amtrak to use the new intermodal facility in Niagara Falls, New York, is finally a done deal.

Amtrak 4The city said that the lease has been agreed upon four months after the city held an open house at the station. That event included a visit from an Amtrak display train.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster said the delay occurred because the city had never negotiated a lease like this before.

“The lease is as we expected it and as Amtrak would have expected it to be, but it took a very long time to get it done,” Dyster said.

Although no date was given for when service will begin, Thomas J. DeSantis, the acting director of planning, said Amtrak can move in at any time. He expects that to occur by the end of November.

The station took a decade to plan and build. It is the first new Amtrak station to open in New York state since Albany-Rensselaer opened in 2002.

Under the terms of the 20-year agreement, Amtrak will lease 29,360 square feet of the station, which is 63 percent of the building.

Amtrak will pay on a quarterly basis 63 percent of the operating costs, including personnel and maintenance.

The passenger carrier will also pay a a one-time upfront fee of $50,000, which the city would hold to begin paying for its share of the station costs.

Amtrak’s fee is an estimated $172,000 a year, but DeSantis said there is no way of knowing the full costs.

The other costs of the facility will be shared by the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center Museum, which will lease 2,880 square feet and a yet-to-be-determined tenant that will lease 4,650 square feet of commercial retail space.

The station will have a customs and immigration facility.

City officials are seeking to arrange for Canadian customs to move to the U.S. side of the border and they would like to see Toronto’s GO Transit trains terminate in Niagara Falls, New York.

GO Transit has limited service to Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Amtrak’s New York-Toronto Maple Leaf passes through Niagara Falls and two Empire Service trains terminate and originate there.