Comment 122246

By rgelder@cogeco.ca (registered) - website | Posted December 06, 2017 at 11:30:01

Having made a personal investment in this issue (I literally stood in the streets of downtown Dundas with a home-made sandwich board uriging people to contact Councillor VanderBeek to support LRT) and having followed the current plight of the HSR, and having at least some cursory knowledge of systems in Toronto and Ottawa, I have to say I agree with this piece. Let Metrolinx run LRT as it gets off the ground. Local maintenance and operation can be re-visited at some point in the future.

The chief argument - and please chime in if I am missing anything - in favour of HSR operation and maintenance is the desire to have LRT operators as members of the local transit workers union. That’s fine, but can’t we have our cake and eat it? What is it about Metrolinx running the system that would prevent this from happening? I am genuinely curious.

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