Another online campaign to stop diesel trains begins

A west-end resident, Stephen Dorsey, has started an online campaign to stop Metrolinx’s purchase of dirty diesel trains.

The campaign uses Xtranormal video, the deadpan, automated cartoon videos that have generated a lot of buzz over the past few weeks.

Dorsey tries to leverage Rob Ford’s ‘Gravy Train’ campaign, by pointing out that the diesel trains will be expensive in the long run. He also also takes plenty of shots at Metrolinx and the Premier.

You can view the site and the videos here.

Electrification Comment

How is it that just about every jurisdiction in Europe can install and run electric locomotives but here in Toronto, it’s beyond our ability? The use of the Pan-Am games to justify diesel (Metrolinx claims electrification cannot be achieved by 2015) is either faulty reasoning or a flimsy excuse. The 16-day Pan-Am games will manage just fine without a rail link.

Politicians need to understand, people don’t want smelly, noisy diesel locomotives barreling through suburban neighbourhoods several times an hour.

Electric locomotives are cleaner, quicker, quieter and more efficient. People would support this project enthusiastically if electrification were the goal. Let’s not get stuck with a poor choice because of lack of determination on the part of politicians or Metrolinx officials.