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EXCLUSIVE: Province considers putting GO parking info on QEW signs

Ontario hopes it may reduce traffic by giving people options

The province is considering flashing information about GO Train parking lot availability on the digital signs along the QEW, to give drivers an option during heavy traffic.

Ontario's Transportation Minister tells Newstalk 1010 the idea is still in its preliminary phases but the information would be given along with cues on how heavy congestion is.

Right now a digital sign would just say "Moving slowly past Bronte" but if this idea moves past the testing phases, there would be a second line reading "Bronte GO Station: 264 available parking spots". There is also talk of finding ways to get information on the next train's arrival.

Minister Glen Murray says this way, if drivers don't want to stay parked on the highway, they can turn off and use public transit as an option.

He adds this idea works in conjunction with the province building new parkades along its GO lines.

Oakville MPP, Liberal Kevin Flynn came up with the idea.

Murray couldn't say if and when this idea would come to fruition but hints it may be in place within a year.

He reveals the province has been approached by private companies who operate this kind of technology.

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  1. Frankie posted on 03/11/2014 11:40 AM
    I'd rather see the gov't provide a list on those signs of what they've "stolen" and their complete list of incompetence over the last 10 years. That way every driver will remember how much stupidity is costing this province.
  2. Jerfi posted on 03/11/2014 12:25 PM
    Put them colour signs up with cameras and track cell signals and display that drivers picture on the sign zoomed in.

    and play images of cell users for a week during non traffic hours.
  3. Peter posted on 03/11/2014 01:48 PM
    The GO System is incredible if you don't know about it or never have used it.

    They have newish depots all along the 401 to Oshawa to Burlington .
    The system is very efficient to use, the buildings are modern, clean and operate with professional acting staff. The buses are big and modern, with very professional, clean uniformed drivers.

    There's hardly any red tape to use the system. The train fares go by the honour system. You can even buy a ticket from a machine. The ride is great, ... you can sit up on the second level of the train and get a wonderful view.
    The trains and buses are scheduled frequently so you don't have to wait.

    If you want some fun, just pull off the 401 where you see a GO station, and park your car, and get on a train! -right to Union Station Toronto. Costs hardly nothing !
    1. dama posted on 03/11/2014 02:16 PM
      @Peter GO station parking lot is always full...
    2. Peter posted on 03/11/2014 03:45 PM
      @dama Thanks Dama.
      I didn't know that. The parking lots I seen seemed to have a lot of space. I could be wrong though, like you say.
      That would suck if there wasn't any spaces left and you planned a GO trip.
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 03/13/2014 12:24 PM
      @Peter You probably are seeing the parking lots on the weekends, or before/after rush hour.

      I can second DAMA. Trust me. If you're not on time when you get to the GO Station, you may as well drive to Toronto. I've had two years of unhappy experience taking the Go Train downtown.
      It isn't something you should willingly put yourself through.
  4. dama posted on 03/11/2014 02:14 PM
    This kind of technology has been used in Singapore for the longest time..,,
    and I believed in some States in the USA too and even Apps that you can download...

    it display HOW MANY parking spots are available in which Shopping centres
    and then some..

    Ontario is really behind this kind of technology..
    1. IsobelF posted on 03/11/2014 03:55 PM
      @dama It is in use at Yorkdale
  5. Ernie posted on 03/11/2014 03:36 PM
    What would be more effective would be Go - car trains. You drive your car onto the train in Oshawa. It drives you and your car say to Rouge Hill. Then you unload your care and keep driving to your office in North York. Now that is a system I would pay for.
    1. Peter posted on 03/11/2014 03:50 PM
      @Ernie .
      That would be good because you could text while in your car.
      - But you wouldn't be on a train seat to be social live, and meet your future wife.
    2. 1231231@live.ce posted on 03/11/2014 06:02 PM
      @Ernie It would also be highly space inefficient and not cost efficient. Besides the other obvious issue of getting people's cars on and off if they aren't all going to the same place.
    3. john posted on 03/12/2014 02:07 PM
      @Peter hate to tell u this mate but the future wife. thing dos not work aneymore . theres is NO such thing as a good women . thay dont exist . they died after the boomer years . women there days have no clue what marriage is .
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