Have you noticed how there has been very little screaming and yelling over the Metrolinx and Go Transit merger? Sure, after the Ontario Government made the announcement of the merger, Toronto Mayor David Miller made some noise but that was about it. Why did the local GTA politicians remain almost silent?
Premier Dalton McGuinty is the one that removed municipal politicians off Metrolinx and he will be the one that "appoints" a so called "civilian" board of experts. Will this prevent turf wars? The new Metrolinx board will be made up of up to 15 members. At the present time there is a Transition Advisory Board. It is made of twelve people.
To me Metrolinx has been slow moving and has achieved very little. In Durham Region we are still waiting for something concrete to happen with the Hwy 2 Bus Rapid Transit system. Durham Region Transit made the announcement on March 26, 2008 of the $82.3 million in funding for this so called "Quick-Win Project" from. Believe me, there's nothing quick about it.
Dalton McGuinty has shown that he is willing to take chances and annoy some people when making changes or improvements. The next stage to transit rest with the Ontario Government. Let's hope that things will soon begin to improve.