The Trains that Subsidize Suburbia - GO Transit Commuter Rail
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Commuter rail is a rail system designed to bring people from the suburbs into a central business district for work. But is it really an efficient transit system, or just another subsidy provided to car-dependent suburbanites? This video explores commuter rail in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the train system known as "GO Transit."

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References & Additional Reading

Thumbnail images:
Municipal Affairs and Housing, CC BY 3.0,
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ontario...
By Richard Sunichura, CC BY 3.0,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index...

GO Train Commuting statistics
https://www.researchgate.net/publicat...

GO Transit System Map
By Natural RX - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index...

Historical GO Train footage:
Dirt Roads to Freeways … And All That (ca. 1970s)
Archives of Ontario [YouTube]
   • Dirt Roads to Freeways … And All That...  

GO Transit Launch: 1967/Lancement de GO Transit en 1967
GO Transit [YouTube]
   • GO Transit Launch: 1967/Lancement de ...  

Toronto Parking Authority Statistics:
https://www.toronto.ca/city-governmen...

Citadel Rock butte, Green River, Wyoming, (1868)
By Andrew J. Russell, Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs divisionunder ID ppmsca.03147., Public Domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index...

Trestle on Central Pacific Railroad (1877)
By Carleton Watkins (1829-1916) - Getty Center, Public Domain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index...

Railroad Maps, 1828 to 1900 - Land Grants
https://www.loc.gov/collections/railr...

By Danielle Scott - originally posted to Flickr as GO Cabcar 237, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index...
By Scott Santoro - http://scottsantoro.blogspot.ca/2010/..., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index...


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Chapters

0:00 Intro
0:07 VIA Rail
0:40 Let's GOOOOOOOOO!
1:16 Riding the GO
2:38 The History of GO Transit
3:14 The Success and Failure of GO
4:18 The Insanity of Commuter Rail
6:01 Non-Commuting Trips Aren't Possible
7:02 Parking as a Subsidy
9:20 The Future of GO Transit
10:19 Bloomington GO
13:13 What is the Purpose of Transit?
14:49 Conclusion
15:12 Patreon Shout-out
15:26 Outtro

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