Weston Treasures: Weston GO Station

Weston is lucky to have access to downtown in 17 minutes via the GO train. Just to put that in perspective, TTC subway from Royal York to Union involves a line change and takes 33 minutes on a good day. Property values around Royal York Station are astronomical in no small part because of the subway. Here in Weston, we can get downtown in half the time and don’t have to change trains. The only thing faster to downtown than the GO from Weston is a helicopter. Unfortunately GO’s service is a commuter run only with 7 Union Station bound trains in the morning and 6 Weston bound trains in the evening (go figure).

According to InsideToronto.com about 450 people get on or off at Weston each day. Assuming that most are on a return trip, that’s fewer than 250 actual people. The lack of parking at the station has long been cited as a problem. Weston’s GO station’s new location just south of Lawrence Avenue later this year may help. The relocation will almost double the number of parking spots to 200 and access will be from Weston Road. A temporary platform will be in place by November and a fully functioning station, platforms and even more parking will be ready for the opening of the Airport Rail Link in 2015. GO transit is anticipating an increase in ridership from Weston with the additional parking spots and a doubling of service levels in 2015 by which time the Airport Rail Link will be making stops here too. With electrification of the line, the service will be quieter and even faster.

The new Weston GO station should help revitalize the Village of Weston as 2015 approaches, if it’s constructed to reflect the wishes of the community. Congratulations and thanks should be extended to those fighting for a better implementation of the Airport Link stop as well as to those fighting for electrification.

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  1. I still can not see how the new Weston GO Station is going to be of any more benefit to the community of Weston than the existing one, let alone help to revitalize Weston. I realize that the writer’s comment comes with the provision that it is constructed to reflect the wishes of the community, but given the continued actions of Metrolinx, GO Transit and the government it is patently unlikely that they are going to honour our wishes.

    Wishes notwithstanding, I fail to see what benefit is to be gained from this new station. Most of the riders who use the Weston GO station park at the parking lot on John Street, or plunk their cars on one of the neighbouring streets for the day. Given the price of parking, it is unlikely that anyone who actually lives in Weston is going to park and ride. They will walk and ride, or possibly be dropped off/picked up if they are too far from the station to walk.

    Therefore the majority of those people using the Weston station are not citizens of Weston. As for what economic gain is to come from these people, the answer should be plainly obvious to anyone who is around the John Street stop at rush hour. Little to no benefit. The people and the cars fly in and out of there like proverbial bats out of hell.

    It is highly unlikely that any of these commuters actually shop in Weston. Some of them probably don’t give a damn about Weston. The building of a new station is unlikely to change situations, so where is the economic benefit to be gained for the shopkeepers.

    This is the same kind of empty promises that came with the G20 summit, and like the G20 summit, if anyone is to benefit out of the station, it will not be the people of this community. If the station does draw in more people it will mean increased traffic jams on Lawrence and Weston Road.

    As it is, with the closing off of John Street, will contribute to gridlock at those intersections (especially since one can’t make a left turn going South on Weston Road). It will also result in more cars diverting along King Street and Church street putting students at increased risk.

    We have asked repeatedly for evidence that any traffic studys have been done relating to the fallout of this ill-conceived rail project, but Metrolinx, GO Transit and the Dalton Gang have no interest in dealing with the fallout. That is our worry and the TTC’s worry.

    As for any help from our supposed political representatives, they would prefer to play the parts of SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL and SPEAK NO EVIL. Most absent of the three has been SPEAK NO EVIL, who is currently looking to be relected.

    If toxicity, and traffic jams are the measure of success, then we are ablout to become El Dorado. But then El Dorado was a myth; a testament to ‘all that glitters is not gold’ and what we have here is just a lot of fools gold, waiting for a victim.

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