Given that the role that the HSR will play in LRT continues to be a hot topic, The Hamiltonian checked in ATU Local 107 President, Eric Tuck. Enjoy our chat with Eric:
1. In a recent Spectator editorial, the paper, in its view, expresses grave concern over the incremental costs of having HSR/ATU run the LRT system. It cites an expected $750,000.00 annually for the next seven years in incremental costs if the system is run locally. This 5.2 million dollar seems staggering. Then there is the added costs of training. How do you respond to these concerns?
It is our expectation that there will be a cost to Operating and Maintaining an LRT System. We are also very much aware that the Private operator will have those costs built into their bid along with certain profit margins. No matter how we look at it, Public or Private operating and maintenance costs will be paid for . The City and Metro-linx MOA have left that conversation open. That being said, if Metro-linx was prepared to subsidize the private sector then why wouldn’t we expect those same subsidies to flow to our Public system? Why wouldn’t we want our Public Taxpayers dollars used to support Public Transit over a Private for Profit operator?
Can you describe the elements of the case for having HSR run the system. Why does it make sense to go that route as opposed to opening it up to competition?