More promises about electification

The UP Express will be the first part of the transit system to be electrified, Bruce McCuaig, the CEO of Metrolinx, said again last week in a meeting with reporters. Electrification could begin as early as next year.

The Premier and the Minister of Transportation also said that they would be investing hugely into all areas of transit, promising 15-minute service and electrification of all GO trains over the next 10 years. If they are re-elected.

They did not say, however, how much all this will cost or where the money will come from. And the Liberals have for months been filibustering a cross-party committee attempt to reveal how much money the UP Express will lose. I’ve learned from my wife that when someone won’t even lie to you about how much something costs, it cost a lot more than you’d like to hear.

YHC is not a betting man, but I’d lay money on this: after the apologia of the PanAm games has passed, the Liberals (if they remain in power) will announce with great fanfare the electrification and conversion of the UP Express into a regional transit line with more stops and lower fares.

It will remain a mess, and incompatible with the rest of the transit system, but faced with having to justify spending buckets of money on the downtown elite, they will have to do something to appear both more fiscally conservative and populist. And the expensive debacle of the Blue22, Air Rail Link, UP Express Weston Line will be fantastic for Weston. At long last.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

1 thought on “More promises about electification”

  1. I hope Adam’s prophesy is right. Wynne has been a huge improvement on the transit file compared to her predecessor McSquinty.. Horvath’s silence on the issue to save the NDP’s northern seats is causing problems within the NDP caucus from the rumors I’ve heard. People like Jonah Shein and Cheri DiNovo who have been pushing the electrification issue in caucus have been hung out to dry. I some times wonder if Wynne and Horvath are leading the wrong parties.

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