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posted on December 04, 2010
By: Tess Kalinowski
Published: November 16, 2010
Source: The Star
Protesters who picketed the Metrolinx meeting on Tuesday, demanding a halt to plans to buy diesel trains for the Pearson airport run starting in 2015, weren’t given any hope by GO Transit president Gary McNeil.
In what’s thought to be the first definitive statement on the issue, McNeil told the Metrolinx board there simply wouldn’t be time to electrify the new airport service by the time of the Pan Am Games even if that was determined to be the best course of action.
Five years isn’t long enough to obtain all the environmental approvals, ground the track and hang the wires, he said. And electric trains might need six to nine months of track testing before the public could ride them.