Locomotives hoped to boost on-time service
Even with Premier Dalton McGuinty aboard, Ontario’s newest GO Train couldn’t run on time.
At Union Station yesterday to show off the first of 27 more powerful locomotives purchased to boost GO’s troubled on-time performance, McGuinty and Transportation Minister Jim Bradley pulled up to the platform in the new engine 18 minutes late.
"This train was just on time," the premier quipped when asked why the locomotive, which had been parked just 100 metres away, couldn’t make the scheduled 2 p.m. announcement staged in front of a half-dozen television cameras.
GO was criticized in last month’s report by Ontario Auditor General Jim McCarter for poor on-time performance, which fell to 89.5 per cent the previous year, well below the 98 per cent notched by Montreal’s commuter train system.
The commuter rail service has blamed its tardy trains largely on malfunctioning old equipment and the fact most tracks it uses are owned by other railways running freight and passenger trains.