2016-07-29 Fri

Transit Shambles in Ontario

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Further to my comments of a few days ago, here is a classic example.

Metrolinx, we are told, was created to oversee projects in the Province of Ontario. That is, at a provincial level.

The Toronto Transit Commission is in a bind because Toronto City Councilors do such a bad job of running things that streetcars are long overdue, and now we see that the pilot vehicle for one of Steven Del Duca’s much-touted Metrolinx projects is 21 months overdue.


In private enterprise, heads would roll away from their pensions and benefits.

Twenty-One-Months Overdue from a firm that is already well-known for its inability to deliver streetcars on schedule, or to keep any of its repeated promises to “do better next time”.

How can Metrolinx (or Steven Del Duca for that matter) claim to be in control of the situation?

How can an entity as mighty as the Province of Ontario sit idly while a Canadian Company (yes!) thumbs its nose at contractual agreements?

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And here you go.

After years (two at least) of delays with the delivery of the Toronto Transit Commission’s new streetcars, Metrolinx is “threatening” to take legal action.

The time for threats is long gone, especially since Bombardier has failed in its contract to deliver a pilot vehicle for an LRT line.

The time has come to take action, and either put Bombardier out of business with a serious restraint or similar order, or by cancelling the contract and giving the job to China.

For as long as Bombardier thumbs its nose at its customers and gets away with it, Bombardier will thumb its nose at its customers and get away with it.

Bombardier is a bully and a coward, and treats its customers with contempt. The correct action is to stand up to the bully and call his/its bluff.

Metrolinx should recognise that two years of delays are too much; bite, as we say, the bullet and turn to a supplier who can, well, SUPPLY.


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I diverted myself away from my studies in French while I had the opportunity to spend time with two Spanish-speaking tutors on weekday afternoons. My tutors have “moved on” and I am now trying to catch up with three “missed months” of French Study.

I am glad that the Toronto Reference Library has on its fourth floor a massive collection of language aids. I borrow the smaller books because I can carry one with me when I travel.

Construction Sites (18) - Four Cranes

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Here we are at the corner of Yonge and Breadalbane.

“The Crane Game” is simply played: try to find a spot in downtown Toronto where you can NOT see four tower cranes. Note the restriction that they be tower cranes, not derrick cranes finishing off the top of the building; not rubber-wheeled utility cranes; not the external work elevators whose rails project above the building.

Sometimes spotting the fourth takes a bit of effort. For example unless I had circled the top if the white crane, you might have missed it.