The Ontario government’s Pearson Express train is not as successful as hoped. On one Saturday this month, only 1,144 people rode the new rail link, an average of seven passengers per trip. The Pearson Express cost $450 million to build and nearly $70 million to operate annually. Metrolinx officials are defending sagging ridership figures, arguing they are on track and that it takes time to build a customer base for a new service. Meanwhile the TTC is considering a twenty five cent rate hike to balance the books and make up for a $95 million dollar shortfall.
Is it time government realizes they cannot force us out of our cars? Would money be better spent on roads than rails?