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‘YIKES!!!’ Metrolinx draft reports give insight into how agency pitches transit plans

May 13, 2019 news

A cache of internal documents is providing a rare glimpse into the planning process at Metrolinx, the bureaucratic provincial agency that wields considerable power over public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area — and could soon be granted influence over the TTC subway system by the Ontario Progressive Conservative government.

The documents show Metrolinx officials internally raised significant concerns about GO Transit stations the agency ended up recommending, and some of the selected stops fared worse in earlier versions of Metrolinx’s analysis than the final version it later made public.

They also show that as Metrolinx drafted and redrafted its final report, the agency removed statements that could cast its station program in a negative light.

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