Coun. Matthew Green is proposing the city automatically put future LRT operators, regardless of what company they work for, into the same union representing HSR bus drivers.
Green said Friday he believes this gives council and the HSR some “common ground” after Metrolinx, the province’s transit agency building the LRT, poured cold water on city council’s request in August to let the HSR run the new LRT.
Last month, Metrolinx gave its answer: a reluctant yes with plenty of warnings and a January decision deadline.
The warnings suggested the HSR would be forced to shoulder a list of onerous responsibilities and legal obligations. Also, the change to have the HSR run the LRT would delay it.
“The reply from Metrolinx that allows us to operate (the LRT) is under a long list of identified risks and potential liabilities and delays,” which has put the city at a standstill, Green said.
He believes his motion will move the project forward while protecting good jobs.