Against nearly all residents’ wishes, Metrolinx has decided not to get electric trains. Instead, it will buy diesel trains and convert them later if it gets the money to do so.
According to the Star, the trains will cost $53 million—about $4 million each, half of the original estimate. The article also says that the trains should start arriving in 2013.
Metrolinx had been saying for months that they would buy diesel trains, not electric. They claim that the health and environmental benefits of electric trains are marginal—even though their own report says that “electrifying the entire network would deliver a 94% reduction in GO Transit’s future GHG emissions”.