That didn’t take long.
The Toronto Sun reports that John Tory’s SmartTrack proposal—which will be built through Mount Dennis—may be impossible to build in the time Tory allotted. Of particular concern: one expert says it might be best to start diesel, then convert the train, later, to electric.
“The electrification, to me, is the most problematic,” Mars said, adding the lines are currently busy with freight traffic.
“Even if you have the (rail) lines freed up, you have operating agreements, and it’s going to be electrified, I almost stop and say ‘Whoa, baby.’”
“I don’t see electrification in seven years,” he said. “That’s a completely different animal.”
As a backup, Tory’s team may want to plan for the initial pieces of SmartTrack to be powered by diesel, with an eye to transitioning to electrification, he said.