The Trains that Subsidize Suburbia - GO Transit Commuter Rail
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 Published On Premiered Sep 27, 2021

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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,
By Richard Sunichura, CC BY 3.0,

GO Train Commuting statistics

GO Transit System Map
By Natural RX - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

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

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

Toronto Parking Authority Statistics:

Citadel Rock butte, Green River, Wyoming, (1868)
By Andrew J. Russell, Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs divisionunder ID ppmsca.03147., Public Domain

Trestle on Central Pacific Railroad (1877)
By Carleton Watkins (1829-1916) - Getty Center, Public Domain

Railroad Maps, 1828 to 1900 - Land Grants

By Danielle Scott - originally posted to Flickr as GO Cabcar 237, CC BY-SA 2.0,
By Scott Santoro -, CC BY-SA 2.5,


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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