4 thoughts on “What’s In and What’s Missing in the Metrolinx Agreement?

  1. If the LRTs are going to remain entirely within the City of Toronto borders except for the stop at Pearson International Airport, I see no reason for Metrolinx to take control of this project. Metrolinx is heading the Hurontario-Main LRT project in Mississauga/Brampton but since it involves two independent municipalities, it makes sense.

    I have to question Metrolinx’s competence in heading this project. I remember reading not long ago that the TTC on average is subsidized at a meager 47c/rider (for Sheppard line, its $8/rider) while GO Transit gets about 10x the subsidy/rider. $4.70. Despite the high GO fares, infrequent train service, crowded GO buses, crowded GO parking lots and so-called “efficient” private contractors. You’d think the TTC with their evil public sector over-paid union members would be a lot more wasteful (Sheppard line and Scarborough RT aside). Longer haul commutes require bigger subsidies. But still. Metrolinx can’t even get smart card technology right and we’re trusting them with building out LRT in Toronto?

    I’ve used my PRESTO card a grand total of 6 times and it’s already been a nuisance for me. Everytime I “load” my balance online, I have to wait 24 hours before the money can be loaded into my account. And the money won’t be uploaded to your card until you “tap on”. But if you don’t “tap on” within 7 days of loading your card, you won’t be able to access your new fare money for 24 hours. Then you’ll be able to have your money uploaded to you if you “tap on” within 7 days. If you don’t, you can’t access your new fare money again and the ridiculous cycle continues.

    Steve: Presto was originally an independent organization that was merged into Metrolinx last year. Without questions there are problems with delivery of a system that does not have strange delays such as the one you described built in. A lot of this comes from the original Presto architecture, and we are supposed to see improvements with Version 2. However, the rollout in Ottawa has not been going well.

    For me, the real question is whether Metrolinx can get their hands around this project and deal with the technology problems. Ontario does not have a good track record on home brew transit technology, and they seem bent on building their own rather than using off-the-shelf systems that are already implemented and debugged elsewhere.


  2. Given the fact that the city is strangling to death with congestion, we cannot afford to have an organization that has no experience implementing transit projects, in charge of future rail lines in the country’s largest city. This entire situation seems like it will play out to be a costly disaster in the end.


  3. I find it funny when people say that the Eglinton Crosstown could be cancelled by the province if council wouldn’t ratify the master agreement soon.

    Steve: It is sabre rattling by Queen’s Park. Make up your mind and stick to it, or we walk away with our money.


  4. My point was that only some parts of Transit City would be cancelled, but we all know that Queens Park would support Eglinton no matter what council says about the rest of the plan. Central Eglinton has got nothing to worry about.


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