This “money-sucking gaggle of bureaucrats” created by the Provincial Government to “steer transportation policy in Ontario” even though Municipalities like Toronto have decades of experience determining their own transportation needs and supplies.
Let’s look at the money these Metrolinx executives are sucking from the public trough:
APRIL 02, 2013
TORONTO – No wonder Metrolinx needs more money.
The Sunshine List shows that the provincial crown agency had 262 employees who earned more than $100,000 in 2012, up more than 50% from the previous year.
CEO Bruce McCuaig made $363,403 last year — $154,000 more than the Premier of Ontario — and an increase of $30,575 from his take home pay in 2011.
The vast majority of six-figure salaries belonged to managers.
Anne Marie Aikens, a Metrolinx spokesman, said a pay anomoly — which meant that workers got an extra cheque meant for Jan. 1 — bumped 40 more people including 23 bus drivers onto the Sunshine List.
Metrolinx is overseeing the largest transit investment in a generation in the Big Move, a 25-year transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, Aikens said.
“So we’ve had to hire additional highly-skilled, experienced, educated employees to ensure that we’re delivering the transit projects on time and on budget and, most importantly, safely,” she said.
The regional transportation has also taken on additional divisions in recent years such as GO Transit, the Presto fare card and the Union-Pearson express, Aikens said.
Metrolinx had 2,727 employees as of February and about 9% are on the Sunshine List, a percentage that has held constant, she said.
What makes matters worse is that Toronto is the only major city in the world where their Public Transportation isn’t subsidized to any extent by any Provincial or Federal Governments.
No wonder………………all the money that could be used for actual infrastructure builds goes into a pompous self-ingratiating bunch of “U.N. oriented bureaucrat’s” pockets to do just one thing…….STUDY and REPORT nonsense and drive the Agenda 21 anti-human vision for the future !
U.N. “vision” of a sustainable city……….. courtesy.Nathalie Zegarra
Metrolinx is unnecessary, and actually quite harmful as it follows a misguided “Sustainable Development” agenda that should scare the hell out of ordinary citizens if they really knew what the real plans were envisioned by Metrolinx and it’s Agenda 21 mindset!
One of their biggest “cheerleaders” was David Miller, ex Mayor of Toronto who has gone onto a perfect job that sums up everything he stood for: He is a member of the David Suzuki Foundation Board.
That in itself should ring alarm bells for any kind of unbiased involvement in the Green Energy Fraud currently destroying Ontario, one municipality at a time!
Time to pull the plug on this monstrosity of Ontario Liberal’s ineptitude!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 08, 2013 Toronto Sun
If we were working at Metrolinx today, ostensibly the Ontario government’s arm’s-length regional transportation agency, we’d be wondering why.
Why have Metrolinx at all, since Ontario’s transportation strategy for the Greater Toronto Area is clearly being run out of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office, as it always has been, no matter who’s the premier?
In a classic example of closing the barn door after the horses have fled, Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig has notified Toronto council it’s officially taking the Scarborough LRT off the planning table — for now — since council has voted in favour of a Scarborough subway instead.
Of course, that would never have happened if Wynne and the Liberals hadn’t had a conversion on the road to Damascus in favour of a Scarborough subway as part of their successful effort to get Mitzie Hunter elected in the Aug. 1 Scarborough-Guildwood byelection.
Similarly, Hunter, who campaigned as a “subway champion” for Scarborough, had previously been an “LRT champion” for it, until the Liberals figured out being seen as anti-subway in Scarborough would have cost them the by-election.
What the whole episode demonstrates is that, however much politicians pay lip-service to the idea, they’re never going to let a subordinate body like Metrolinx make independent, apolitical, non-partisan decisions about public transit.
And if this isn’t enough, here’s a post several years ago warning Toronto citizens of what will become of a city like Toronto being run by “Metrolinx” stooges.
Your taxes and gas tax were suppose to pay for highways and transit.
Where’s the money?
I was discussing George Smitherman yesterday and was saying how dangerous it was to put him in charge of energy and infrastructure. I said that within 6 months the idea of selling of roads and charging tolls would be at the top of his to do list. Well the Sun breaks the news today.
Do I have faith in George’s ability? Yes I do. I’m confident that he will screw the taxpayer big time. Five years in Health and our town has less doctors than before he went to work.Thanks George.
And the most controversial funding option rolled out by the provincial agency charged with developing a Regional Transportation Plan for the GTA is to put road tolls on the Gardiner, the Don Valley Expressway and the 400-series highways.
Metrolinx chair Rob MacIsaac said he believes road tolls are likely to be part of any funding package that the agency recommends because they serve the dual purpose of raising revenue and reducing car use.
“We have some hard choices to make,” MacIsaac told the Sunday Sun. “How are we going to pay for all of this infrastructure? I think user fees are going to have to play a large role.”
Metrolinx’s proposed tolls would impact drivers in Toronto, Hamilton, Peel, Halton, York and Durham.
The world’s best known example of using road tolls in this way is in London, England, where motorists pay the Canadian equivalent of about $16 to enter the city core.
What does London, England, have to with Toronto? Agenda 21
Here are some of the revenue ideas
Big ticket items: $1 billion+
– 10 cents+/km toll on Gardiner, DVP, 400 series highways (including possible higher fees for gas guzzlers, or designated lane tolls)
– $1 per weekday non-residential parking space
– 20 cents+ per litre gas tax hike
– 1% sales tax hike in GTA/Hamilton
– Transit fare hikes (more likely outside Toronto)
Cost to GTA drivers with 10 cents/km highway toll
– Downtown Toronto to Markham: $3.00
– Downtown Toronto to Oakville: $3.60
– Downtown Toronto to Pickering: $3.90
– Downtown Toronto to Oshawa: $6.00
– Downtown Toronto to Hamilton: $6.70
– Mississauga to Oakville: $2.10
– Mississauga to Hamilton: $6.80
– Oshawa to Pickering: $2.10
– Oshawa to Vaughan: $8.00
– Oshawa to Mississauga: $8.10
– Development charges
– Land value fee
– Property tax hike
– Vehicle registration fees
– Vehicle sales tax
– Vehicle “impact” fee
Who is going to implement the changes that are coming?
Our new name Metrolinx captures the spirit of our mandate: to provide an integrated multi-modal transportation network that will improve your travel experience across the metropolitan region that stretches from York and Durham, through Toronto, Peel, Halton and onward to Hamilton.
Together we can create a transportation system that enhances the prosperity, sustainability and quality of life.