Metrolinx hasn’t been terribly forthcoming about their plans for electrifying the ARL.
That’s putting it nicely.
For decades were told it wasn’t affordable; then we were told it would be cheaper. We were told it couldn’t be done before the Pan Am games. Then we were told it could have been. It might be done in seven years—or it might not be.
Laura Albanese has asked Bruce McCuaig, the CEO of Metrolinx, to finally give us some straight answers. In a fairly terse letter, she says:
To date, Metrolinx has not set a target date for completion of electrificatoin. As a result of this, there is much speculation and inaccurate information circulating in the public domain related to the timeline for completion.
For example, a Metrolinx consultant recently said at a community meeting that electrification of the ARL could be in place by 2015 assuming an approve [Environmental Assessment]….
I feel it is critical that Metrolinx provide a reliable target timeline for completion of the electrification of this project….
Albanese then goes on to ask
- What the timeline is, and whether it can be expedited
- How much electrification will cost, and who will pay
- How long electrification will take and whether it can be done by 2015.
- How much adding the stops that City Council asked for would cost.