Ontario’s Auditor General released a huge report yesterday that, among other things, tore Metrolinx to shreds. It’s impossible to tell whether the report was referring to what Weston went through–but it sure could be.
Weston was railroaded by Metrolinx for years, but even recently they
- Messed up the concrete walls of the tunnel so that it couldn’t hold the sound barriers they were supposed to
- Agreed to spend $62,000 on a fashion show for their Soviet-style uniforms
- Delayed the opening of the John St bridge for no discernible reason
- And continued to publish an in-ride magazine, of all the goddamned things, in the smartphone age, perhaps part of a $4,500,000 branding buy
The AG focused on construction and purchasing, not the smaller matters of litter-box magazines, but she did expose a culture of unaccountability and money-wasting that jibes with what we’ve seen around here.
The AG said that “Metrolinx rarely takes action against contractors for not delivering on time”–vis the bridge, which opened years late.
Metrolinx also continues to work with incompetent contractors. The same dimwit who installed a bridge truss upside down in Pickering was given the contract for the Dundas UPX station.
Metrolinx also bought tracks from CN to build the GO line that runs through Weston. Yet Metrolinx does not:
know that it is getting what it pays for: it does not verify charged costs; it does not ensure that charged costs are reasonable… [and] it has also been paying excessively high mark-up rates charged by CN.
This isn’t the first time that Metrolinx has been in the Auditor General’s bad books. They wildly mispriced the UPX in the face of the AG’s withering criticism.