I would too, but so many people would howl and I think that's what would carry them to Union.As a resident of Brampton who commutes to Toronto...I would be far more impressed by my politicians if they said "we got you an every 15 minute shuttle to Weston where you can free transfer to the every 15 minute UP to Union" than them saying "we got you hourly service direct to Union"
Agreed with you again steveYeah, I've noticed you tout that a few times. Is it a "seat all the way to Union"? No, it's a compromise, a very workable one compared to the alternatives. There is the challenge of getting *every present Sharyo DMU in reliable service* to make it happen. We're still left in the dark as to how possible that is.
What you project is *ostensibly* DMU service for now until electric actually happens (and again, my skepticism of roll-out dates is shared by most). Whether that is enabled by a through service to Brampton, and then a shuttle to the airport at, say, Etobicoke North or a new stop at Woodbine Race Track is a point worthy of discussion. Or as you imply: Brampton commuters having to change at the two stations mentioned.
Here's a scenario, kosher to the 'political pressure' factor that *will* arise. The Libs are going to be desperate for every vote they can get. Pandering (whether warranted or not) is going to be rampant.
Libs state: (Weasel slant of this fully intended) "We've heard your concerns, and we will address them. Starting within the next two years, prior to electrification (gets them off that hook) we will be buying in some 'off the shelf' low floor DMUs to satisfy this pressing demand. These will be cascaded to branch lines later when this section becomes electrified and EMUs run the route. Due to the pressing demand and the lead time necessary to order these units, we will do this as a 'sole source contract'".
As mentioned by Paul, I think it was, some time back: What happened to those rebuilt VIA RDC's? Are they fast accelerating and suitable for this role? No, they're very heavy and slow to accelerate, BUT, they just might be readily available...and to lease...a big plus, as it keeps funding minimal. Remember, VIA just jumped at the opportunity to service Halifax commuter. If RDCs are used, then Fan's concept would be the way to do it. Stopgap measure? Absolutely. Will it win votes? Well, it's better than a vacuum.
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I think Wynne will have to do something, or at least keep the original promise if she wants to be premier until 2022.