Special to This Crazy Train
By Chris P. Bacon
Autumn Quick Facts
Autumn is here and The Weather Network shared their Autumnal Equinox fast facts with us. Not to be outdone, GO Transit released some quick facts about Union Station.
Allow me to contribute to this flurry of facts with one of my own. Metrolinx and Bondfield Contruction have collaborated, once again, to miss another completion date for Burlington Station. A visit to Metrolinx’s Project Map on this first day of Fall reveals the following:
By clicking on the Learn More hyperlink, you’ll be amazed to find out …
Well, … absolutely nothing! This is so bush-league; high school students can maintain a better website than the “professionals” at Metrolinx.
Let’s move on. I visited Burlington Station last Friday and witnessed these intending passengers queued to buy their tickets from machines.
They should have been served by ticket agents on the other side of that black partition — as promised in the list of improvements on the project map. Instead, the ticket sales office sits empty …
On the outside, the south bus loop is still in shambles …
The list of improvements also cites “enhanced accessibility”. I had meant to address that point last winter; I’ll do it now.
The weekend of February 13-14 was VERY frigid. A Niagara Falls bound wheelchair passenger, who had transferred to the Route 12 bus at the Burlington P+R stop, requested to use the washrooms at Burlington station. When the traveller found the facilities unusable, because the plumbing lines in the temporary washrooms had frozen, he was directed to the new washrooms in the main building. There was one problem though …
The elevators from the west tunnel to the new station were not installed — they’re still not available for use. There is no “enhanced accessibility” at Burlington GO station. The passenger had to complete his trip to Niagara Falls before he had access to a washroom. Truly shabby, IMO.
All these stories from Metrolinx’s spinmeisters remind me of the Three Dog Night song from 1970. How many more will Prichard, McCuaig & Co. pump out before Burlington station is complete?