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UPX Boondoggle? Taxpayer waste? Critics have it all wrong..

By shost at 9:59 am on Monday, February 29, 2016

Critics of the Union Pearson express have gone on record to say it’s a waste of taxpayer money, a white elephant, yada yada – wrong. Totally wrong. It cost $456 million (estimated cost as of 2010) ¬†which sounds like a lot of money, but remember , this same amount of money would only buy you 20 KM of highway widening — today.

5 KM of widening of the 401 in Cambridge will cost $150 million

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6367577-more-highway-401-widening-approved-in-cambridge/

GO service to Kitchener in 2011 was added for only $18 million..

Highways are *expensive* by an order of magnitude more than railway/transit projects and you get far less bang for the buck. These widenings will only last a year until traffic is back to stop and go during ‘peak periods’ due to the fact highways.. are constantly under pressure and commuters will fill every inch of space on our overcrowded artery highways..

Investments in transit are the only way to provide meaningful, long term returns for our investment at a relatively low cost.

If you think $150M is a lot of money, what is the new Highway 411, 407 extensions costing Ontario Taxpayers? A hell of a lot more money than UPX.

And widening the 401 from Mississauga to Cambridge? Multi billions………..but spread over 20 years while commuters continue to deal with the headaches, save for those smart enough to use Transit.

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Comment by Robert Wightman

March 17, 2016 @ 9:44 pm

The UP Express is a waste of money because it is using up rail capacity that could have been given to running two way all day service Malton, Brampton, Guelph and Kitchener. I find that $450 million figure hard to believe. That might be the cost of the extension from the main line to the airport and the cost of the stations but there were also costs to triple track the line from Union to Woodbine Race Track which are not in that figure. Metrolinx has hidden the true cost of this boondoggle by placing most of the cost as GO improvements when GO cannot get access to the tracks. Do your homework and check out all the costs/

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Comment by shost

May 25, 2016 @ 8:13 pm

I’d rather not, Robert, I have better things to do with my time Sir.

Feel free to post it for all of us to see though, and cite your sources.

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