The Air Rail Link is the topic of another article in the Star today; the story doesn’t break much new ground but does put all the facts in one place. In the article, Premier McGuinty makes another wishy-washy commitment to electrifying the trains, saying, “we think we can, in fact, over the course of time and in an affordable way, move to an even cleaner option.”
Tickets from downtown will cost “well under” the taxi rate of $50 each way (although a taxi does hold four people), and will be set on a “cost-recovery basis”, according to Rob Prichard, the chairman of Metrolinx. What precisely this means is anybody’s guess though; the word ‘cost’ means about as much as the word ‘fish’, and costs are just about as slippery. There are large differences between costs (and fishes), but the article does not make clear which cost Prichard is talking about: marginal cost, average total cost, average variable cost? The definitions will be important—the difference for riders will be between paying for gas, and paying for for gas, trains and tracks.