The Junction Triangle Rail Committee says that the provincial NDP has abandoned electrification of the ARL to save seats in northern Ontario. The NDP, the group says, has said not made electrification of the UP Express a condition of supporting the 2014 budget.
The party is afraid of a backlash in Northern Ontario if they push electrification of the West Toronto rail corridor because rail services in the North where they hold seats have been cut. Calling it ‘just a local issue,’ Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo says forcing electrification as part of the budget would be politically unwise.
The vocal downtown organization says the NDP’s decision is a “broken promise and a huge disappointment”.