VIA does 121 through Weston Station

A reader alerted me to a danger at the Weston Station: twice daily, the VIA train goes through without slowing down—and boy, is it going fast. According to a  spokesperson, the VIA train is going 121 km/h (75 mph)–a speed that was “determined by the railway owner”.

At this speed, the train generates a lot of slipstream, and it is passing close to passengers. Our reader said it leaves “a huge swirl of dust, newspapers, and plastic bags. A child, or pet [could] be hurled against the platform columns or on to another platform”.

The spokesperson said that VIA has not received any complaints about the trains’ speed, but concerned residents can leave a comment and contact VIA Rail’s customer relations department at customer_relations@viarail.ca.

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Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

5 thoughts on “VIA does 121 through Weston Station”

  1. Good grief.

    I’ve written to Via but, having dealt with Metrolinx “customer relations” over tree cutting and construction upheaval, I have not much reason to expect any consideration of this serious safety issue.

    Perhaps our Councillor could be moved?

  2. Via desperately wants to stop in Weston. Their trains come from Sarnia, London and Kitchener, and patrons who want to go to the airport have to go all the way to Union and double back, adding about an hour to their trip.

    Metrolinx refuses to let them. There are 4 trains per day (two in each direction) and Metrolinx says their dwell time (the time it takes to unload and load passengers) is too long and would interfere with the UP express schedule. They did suggest that when the 4th track is in place maybe things would change.

    It may also have to do with the Kitchener part of the trips. Metrolinx wants to be the train of record from Kitchener, and VIA is in competition.

    By the way, the speed limit is 80 mph on that stretch, and the GO trains which do not stop in Weston (there are 2 each day) are going that fast past crowded platforms as well.

  3. Hmm, so whether at 75mph or 80 mph, that actual speed noted by fellow readers is determined by what, a radar gun?

    1. There are GPS mapping apps on phones that will tell you your speed. For example, the UP Express hits over 130 km/h between Weston and Dundas.

      1. For some reason or other, whenever we’ve ridden that rail’s downtown route it’s never felt or seemed too or overly fast. (Strange, because driving at 130 km/h would be noticeable, given the road’s volume.)

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