Now the problem is that increased rail travel through Weston might lead to closing three streets that connect the neighbourhood on opposite sides of the tracks. A public hearing on the matter last night was cancelled by the fire department due to the huge crowd who turned up to save their village. The increased rail travel would be as a result of the Union-Pearson rail link, and reading about it reminds me of the doubts I have about this project's viability.
Building a rail link from Union Station to Pearson was former federal Transport Minister David Collenette's pet project, and he finally got it approved before he left office.
Normally, I am someone who, like Collenette, supports rail transportation as a good alternative to automobiles. And I am happy that a federal minister was actually able to win some money and make a project happen in Toronto. But, I'm really not a fan of this rail link.
The plan is for the train to leave the airport, make a stop at the GO Station near the TTC's Dundas West, and go from there to Union Station downtown. The trip is expected to take 22 minutes and the ticket price is expected to be about $20.
Here are the problems I see:
So, I see a considerable risk that this venture will flop, and that few will use it. Much of the money is from private investment, but there is some government money that has been contributed, and I'd hate to see it go to waste if there are more-deserving projects going unfunded.
As for Weston, it seems like the right thing to do would be to build underpasses for the tracks. That would probably be government money, I suppose.