The Metrolinx Investment Strategy (Draft) is a really odd collection of documents, and as I look at the presentations, I can’t help feeling there is a mountain of background somewhere that Metrolinx would prefer to keep out of sight.
On the agenda of September’s Board Meeting, we find a glossy brochure that is clearly intended for the coming public review. For a “draft”, it has the look of something rather final to me. With a section titled “Your voice matters”, this is not intended for the Board’s consumption, but for the process that Metrolinx calls public consultation.
Worth noting are Rob MacIsaac’s own remarks at last Tuesday’s briefings. On at least two occasions, he said that there won’t be much pressure for change in the plans based on the extensive consultations to date. He is prejudging the outcome, and that’s no way to ask for public input.
The separate presentation to the Board is not available online, but I have reformatted it on my own site. (Note to the purists: most of this was scanned as text and then cleaned up to avoid problems with blurry copy-of-copy scanning.)
Draft Investment Strategy Presentation September 26, 2008
The heart of this “strategy” is to do next to nothing about proper transit funding for many years (at least one if not two election cycles), and to live off of the previously announced $11.6-billion MoveOntario money. A subset of the projects in the 15-year draft Regional Transportation Plan was selected to soak up this money, and if the Tooth Fairy is feeling generous, we might even get another $6-billion from Ottawa to stave off actually making a decision about transit funding for almost a decade.