labaienordique wrote:The 23 cent planIt sounds as if this is some sort of organized labor plot to combine the Ontario Northland with Go Transit. It doesn't seem very coherent or realistic. The real reason why the Ontario Northland isn't viable is because it is a high labor cost, overstaffed operation - 966 employees to service a terminal destination of 1,725 residents. It costs a lot to maintain hundreds of miles of old-fashioned jointed rail to passenger standards, and the Ontario Northland does things the old-fashioned way, right down to the old-fashioned track gangs and car shops. You can't pay union scale Class 1 railroad wages when you have 1950s levels of staffing and productivity on what amounts to a backwoods shortline to nowhere.
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