The Clean Train Coalition got its day in court on November 19th and presented a strong case that Metrolinx violated statutory requirements by deciding to run diesel trains on the air rail link without conducting a feasibility study on electrification as an alternative. CTC legal counsel Saba Ahmad argued before a panel of three judges in Ontario Divisional Court in support of an application for judicial review of the Metrolinx diesel plan.
In her submission, Ms. Ahmad argued that Metrolinx “traded the benefits of electric trains for expediency” when it accepted instructions from the McGuinty government to have the air rail link operating in time for the Pan Am Games in 2015. “Metrolinx is not authorized to prioritize the short-term goal of providing transportation services for a three-week sporting event over the long-term health, environmental and economic interests of the people of Ontario.”
The court reserved its decision.