Today’s GO Transit board meeting (yes, that Board still exists) included presentations on two related items:
- Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty Survey
- Station Access Strategy
The link between these, although they were separate items on the agenda, is that people who cannot conveniently get to GO services won’t use them.
Board members were in a chatty mood, and asked many questions of the presenter, a Transportation Planner from GO’s staff who acquitted herself well on a variety of topics. I could not help noticing how many questions with a direct relevance to customer experiences, to feelings people have about GO, to problems of convincing more people to use the system, came from the politicians on the Board. These are members who have a direct relationship with GO customers and potential new riders. Other members spoke too, but the preponderance of questions informed by a direct link to constituents and municipal issues was quite striking.
All of this will be lost on the new consolidated Metrolinx board where, we are told, politicians would just get in the way. Continue reading