We’re generally fans of GO Transit, yet we can’t help but see an almost ironic statement in this bureaucratic SNAFU at Oakville station. The busiest GO station by daily passenger volume and running coaches to-and-from Toronto since 1967, Oakville shares its site with an older depot operated by federal Crown corporation VIA Rail. When the Ontario government refreshed the GO terminal years ago, somebody seems to have been asleep at the switch, positioning the roof overhang too closely and forcing a tiny cutout in the siding to accommodate the eaves of the VIA station.
We like to think of it as a symbol for the lack of communication between both our private and public transit systems, who still seem unable to hammer out a co-operative fare agreement—separate entities with similar services sharing common spaces, yet ne’er the twain shall meet.
Photo by Marc Lostracco