Metrolinx Board Meeting – Mar 2018

Our Board of Directors met today.

Phil opened the public session by pausing to celebrate the women at Metrolinx who contribute across all disciplines and at all levels. Phil reinforced our commitment to diversity and inclusion, noting that half of our Board members are women, as well as more than half of our Senior Management Team. He noted our support of the global campaign #PT4ME, which focuses on promoting safety on public transport for women.

Phil then reflected on a few of our recent achievements, including the start of construction of Confederation GO Station, launch of our integrated art program, request for proposals issued for our hydrogen fuel cell locomotive pilot and that we awarded the contract for the design and build of the Eglinton Crosstown’s back-up battery energy storage facility.



Marking a safety situation

Phil recognized two of our Bombardier operations staff, whose quick-thinking and teamwork saved a life on board a train last month.

CTO Conductor Michael Swain and Customer Service Ambassador Shane Beezer were on board a Barrie train on February 21st, when CTO Swain discovered a man on the ground in distress when investigating a passenger-assist alarm. He immediately called for CSA Beezer to come with a defibrillator. CTO Swain began CPR, and then they applied the AED when it arrived.  While these two crew members resuscitated him and kept him alive until the paramedics could arrive, the rest of the crew and GO Transit Control Centre went into First Aid protocol.

Not only is this a testament to teamwork but also the training staff receive. We continue to prioritize safety everywhere we work. Little is more important than the safety of our customers, staff and community.


Regional Transportation Plan update

Chief Planning and Development Officer Leslie Woo, Director of Regional Planning Antoine Belaieff and Director of Stakeholder Relations Raj Khetarpal updated the Board on the Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan. They shared the feedback we’ve received from public and stakeholder engagement on the Plan and returned to the Board with the following reports:


GO Expansion RER New Stations Business Cases

Leslie also provided an update on new GO stations as part of the GO Expansion (RER), alongside Director of Research Planning and Analytics, Joshua Engel-Yan.

The Board approved that we:

  • continue with the delivery of all the 12 new stations identified at the Metrolinx Board meeting of June 28, 2016; subject to further policy, infrastructure and operating refinements
  • advance the Park Lawn location to the Preliminary Design Business Case, and;
  • be requested to continue to work with municipal officials to ensure current policy and planning information continues to be incorporated through to the next stage.

See the presentation and the technical report.

PRESTO Privacy Update & Transparency Report

Senior Legal Counsel, Alba Taylor provided an update on PRESTO’s privacy policy. She noted that Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner has reviewed Metrolinx’s policies and practices as presented to the Board in 2017 and recommended only minor changes.

Read the report.

The Board received information and updates on our capital programs, how we’re meeting operational excellence, driving revenue and ridership, a follow-up on recent Auditor General reports and an update from our Customer Experience Committee.

Quarterly updates were presented by our business units: PRESTOOperations, Planning and DevelopmentCapital ProjectsCommunications and Public AffairsMarketing