Comment 114479

By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted October 30, 2015 at 11:02:14 in reply to Comment 114466

I'm not sure what the rules are for the Moving Ontario Forward fund, or if it can be used towards any Metrolinx project. Several sources say the funds go back to that fund. Rules varies. Some are 100% funded by Ontario, some are funded by thirds by 3 levels of government. Some agencies cover a wider area than before (Metrolinx was a GTA-only agency, now it also covers transit to/from/within Hamilton too).

One scenario could be that Brampton gets granted a larger share of funds from the next round of infrastructure funding, in a "refill-the-pot fashion", and this article AND you might be simultaneously right.

The rules that you say, might have strict parameters that allows increasing of funding Ontario-wide (e.g. spread money around) in exchange for increased funding later, balancing things out on a time-based manner, from that perspective.

Projects in one part of Ontario gets delayed, there's a cost of laying off staff or forcing a company to delay construction deliveries; you reassign it somewhere else, etc. For example, LRT vehicle, concrete, and track iron deliveries may go to another city in the intrim, if a different city isn't ready. Can't have it all collect dust, pay storage penalities, etc.

It's a serial sequence, as a human can only be in one place at one time. This necessarily sometimes means that more resources (funds, humans) is disproportionately spent in one location but compensated back (by perhaps the same rules you say) by "making up", catching up in Brampton.

Even if you are right, there could still be opportunity for Hamilton to seize this opportunity.

Regardless, asking for an A-Line enhancement is still a great way to show that Hamilton means business, and it could invite any of the different transit funding (e.g. Federal), or continued planning that allows a Phase 2 overlapped with Phase 1.

Comment edited by mdrejhon on 2015-10-30 11:44:06

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