The Metrolinx Board of Directors met earlier today to receive a number of reports, including updates on the GO Regional Express Rail program, and a GO service update on the recent schedule changes. The Board also provided approval on two key Metrolinx documents, the 2015-2020 Sustainability Strategy, and the 2016-2017 Business Plan.
Chief Capital Officer John Jensen, Chief Planning Officer Leslie Woo, and Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer Judy Pfeifer updated the Board on various components of the GO Regional Express Rail program.
Their presentation covered:
- updates on service plans and planning work to be undertaken on each of the GO expansions
- infrastructure implementation updates for each GO rail corridor, Union Station and network infrastructure
- community and stakeholder engagement updates on key events and outreach activities.
GO Service Update
Chief Operating Officer Greg Percy
provided an update on the June schedule changes.
Greg noted that the schedule changes were required to accommodate the latest stage of Union Station construction that began on August 10th. This construction required two heavily used GO tracks to be closed, which required us to plan and operationalize the largest batch of GO schedule changes yet.
Greg’s report highlighted why Metrolinx changed the GO schedule, how the new schedule was created, and how we kept our customers informed.
Customer Experience Committee Update
Marianne McKenna, Chair of Metrolinx’s Customer Experience Committee, provided an
update on topics the Committee has been discussing recently.
This includes the impact of the June service changes, Metrolinx’s fare integration strategy, updates on UP Express ridership, the new low-floor buses that will be added to the GO Transit fleet over the next four years, and I&IT updates on how we are better
communicating with our customers.
The Committee also discussed the PRESTO system updates, and the work underway for the preliminary architectural and landscape designs of the Hurontario and Hamilton LRTs.
Chief Planning Officer Leslie Woo presented Metrolinx’s Sustainability Strategy (2015-2020), which received approval from the Board.
Leslie spoke to the Strategy’s five priority goals, which focus on Metrolinx’s approach to planning, building, and operating. The Strategy is closely aligned with the vision, objectives, and priorities of the Regional Transportation Plan and the Five-Year Strategy.
The Board approved Metrolinx’s 2016-2017 Business Plan, which was submitted by Chief Financial Officer Robert Siddall.
The Plan outlines our strategic direction, business context, financial profile, priority initiatives and planned deliverables from all corners of our organization.
Minor updates will be made to the draft report, and the final report will be posted on the Metrolinx website.