In an announcement of thanks to the community, Metrolinx says that they will “need to increase our work outside of our regular hours” to complete the UP Express in time for 2015.
This is only the latest in a long series of announcements saying that they will be working outside of their regular hours (7–7 Monday to Friday and 9–7 on Saturday). Metrolinx says that the winter is to blame. It was “unusually severe, which among other factors has caused delays in some of our work”.
The deputy city manager said that the UP Express wouldn’t be done in time for the Pan Am Games today, according to Don Peat, from the Toronto Sun. Peat caught the deputy manager saying “I don’t think it is going to be ready”.
The Pan Am Games have been used as a pretext for using diesel trains for the UP Express instead of electrifying immediately.