An appealing idea

November 3, 2016   ·   0 Comments

I enjoyed the article you posted today on the potential for the restoration of rail passenger service to Orangeville.

I’ve given the subject some thought since reading you previous commentary.  Restoring Orangeville’s service after 46 years is actually an appealing idea.

One system that could serve as a model is the one that will soon start running in the northern Bay Area of California, known as Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART).  It is going to make use of the same diesel multiple-unit cars now employed on the Union Pearson Express.  In fact, Metrolinx obtained its 18 cars by purchasing a portion of the multi-car option SMART holds with the manufacturer.

Incidentally, just prior to the abandonment of the CPR Toronto-Orangeville-Owen Sound Dayliner service in October 1970, the running time for the 27.1 miles from the CPR station in Brampton (just south of the CN main line on Park Street) to Orangeville was 34 minutes.  The running time for the GO bus from downtown Brampton to Broadway & Blind Line in Orangeville today is 44 minutes.

Greg Gormick

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