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Metrolinx board of directors meets, April 28

The Metrolinx board of directors is holding its next meeting this Thursday, April 28.

As usual, the agenda for the meeting contains both public and confidential items. The board will discuss the public items in a public session that starts at 8:30 a.m. The board then meets in private to discuss the rest of the items on the agenda after 10 a.m.

The meeting takes place in the Metrolinx Executive Boardroom, Sixth Floor, 20 Bay Street.

Among other items, the board will consider:

  • a presentation (.pdf) updating the board on the transit plan for Toronto — which doesn’t contain a lot more details than we learned on March 31).
  • a staff report (.pdf) and presentation (.pdf) on the 2011 - 2012 fiscal budget plan. (The documents are don’t contain a lot of information, since Metrolinx hasn’t yet confirmed how much the provincial government will be funding its operations. Staff will present a final 2011 - 2012 business plan to the board at its meeting in June, after the government has confirmed the amount of its funding of Metrolinx.) Staff report that Metrolinx needs funding of a provincial operating subsidy of $91.0 million and a capital investment program of $1,938.5 million.
  • an update (.pdf) on the project to refurbish the train shed at Union Station.
  • GO Transit’s report (.pdf) on the quarter ending March 31, 2011. The report reveals that, like the TTC, more passengers rode GO Transit in 2010 than the transit agency expected. Overall, average weekday ridership has been higher than last year — 5.1 per cent higher for February and 4.1 per cent higher for the fiscal year to date ending February, compared to 1.2% in the 2009 - 2010 fiscal year. The report also details GO’s plans to operate 12-car trains on all lines by the end of 2012 and extend GO train service to the Barrie Waterfront and Kitchener by the end of 2011. It has already started work on design track and signals to extend the 61 Richmond Hill line northward, and it is already designing the Bethesda layover and the new Gormley and Bloomington GO Stations. Construction starts this summer. Most important, since ridership and revenue is higher than staff predicted, GO will not be raising fares this year.