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GO Trains spotted in Stratford

Metrolinx says it's only testing the tracks as the sightings fuel speculation the city could be added to the GO train network
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A Customer Service Ambassador is seen here identifying a ‘good spot’ as well as pointing and calling ‘clear right, clear left’ before opening the remaining doors of the train for passengers.

Speculation and rumours have started in Stratford as residents have begun to spot GO Trains zipping along the local tracks.

Stratford's Mayor has even taken to Twitter to thank Metrolinx, the MTO, and Ontario's transportation minister for seeming to consider expanding the GO network.

"We're seeing, post pandemic, the number of people moving into our community who can now live and work anywhere because geography is no longer a limiting factor because we've all been forced on line, we're seeing exponential growth in our community, we're seeing new home starts rise," said Stratford mayor Dan Mathieson. "So we are going to have transportation challenges and GO Transit is just one of those great ways we could address it, feeding into the new all day, every day service that Kitchener-Waterloo and the east side of Stratford has already been promised."

Earlier this year, the province launched a Southwestern Ontario Transportation Task Force aimed at identifying the region's transportation needs.

That said, simply seeing the trains around isn't a guarantee they will one day have riders on them.

Metrolinx says they need to test the tracks before even considering expanding and then the decision with what to do with the results of those tests is up to the province.

That doesn't, however, stop some people from feeling hopeful when the trains are spotted as they would help make the city even more attractive to those considering calling it home.

"The quality of life you get in Stratford is on par with the type of sophistication you get anywhere in the GTA," said Mathieson. "We have incredible parks, we have great theatre, we have culture, we have a historic downtown, and we have a quality of life many people want."

"Now they can do it with their Toronto dollars, coming out and buying a home, and not compromising some of the things many of them would expect not to have in a small town because we've got them all in spades."

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