Image of a GO train running along tracks.

Local rail fan captures Guelph GO train speed increases in new video

GO train speed limits through the City of Guelph have gradually increased over the last few months following major signaling upgrades and safety testing. You can see the difference for yourself in a recent comparison video made by a Kitchener Line customer.

Sometimes you have to see something to believe it.

In this case, we’re talking about GO train speed limit increases in the city of Guelph.

Esteban Kuhnen, a local rail fan and Kitchener GO Line customer – decided to capture the difference a little speed makes – for himself.

The new faster speeds not only save customers time, they also mean less time people have to wait at rail crossings for trains to pass.

How fast are the trains going?

The GO train speed limits increased gradually over the course of a few months, here’s the breakdown:

•      October 25: 16 km/h to 32 km/h – (10 mph to 20 mph)

•      November 15: 32 km/h to 49 km/h – (20 mph to 30 mph)

•      December 6: 49 km/h to 73 km/h – (30 mph to 45 mph)

You can also watch the full video, posted on YouTube.

Next steps

Metrolinx says the increased speed limits will allow for more efficient service and better on time performance.  A travel time review will be conducted to update journey times and schedules for a future round of service changes.  

Both Metrolinx and the City of Guelph are also planning further studies of rail crossings within Guelph city limits that may identify further safety enhancements that would go over and above the Transport Canada requirements for safety. Stay tuned for more information.

Stay in the know

Metrolinx has a dedicated Community Relations team available to answer your questions by email, Monday to Friday during regular business hours at GuelphWellington@metrolinx.com.

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Story by Scott Money, Metrolinx News editorial team