If you haven’t had your daily dose of fury, have a look at the video produced by Metrolinx, extolling the virtues of the U.P. Express (formerly the Air-Rail Link). It’s hot mess of Instgrammy film-making: gauzy sepia tones, shallow depths of field, slow-motion and even ukelele music, for god’s sake. All the old hoary case-pleading is brought out, too: world-class city, legacy, international reputation… you get the idea.
It’s also a bit of a lie, right? While the video is titled, “Community Interviews”, the interviewees are unanimously in favour of the trains. Nary a mention of diesel or division in the bunch.
The first commenter on YouTube caught a doozie:
“Take that ride into the city and see the skyline unfold before you”.
“I like to absorb a city when I’m coming into it….. you can see everything. To be able to look through the windows and be in touch with the energy that a city has.”
How good will the view be after much of the corridor is surrounded by 5m high noise barrier walls after full build-out?
I’d like to add my own:
“It represents Canada, in that you feel welcome when you get here, and then you want to come back.”
Except, of course, that we’ll roll you for $25 (way more than any other ‘world-class’ city) as soon as you get off the plane. Welcome to Canada! Another $25, s’îl vous plait, to let you leave!