将Yonge-University-Spadina地铁线延伸至旺市的地铁项目超出预算$5.5亿元。但Bob Mok在揭露约克区议会官僚低效作风的系列专栏文章中指出，区议会未能有效控制该地铁项目的金融风险将导致当地居民为其买单。读者欲参照前文，可点击http://096.ca/news/650632 和http://096.ca/news/650877
The subway project that extends Yonge-University-Spadina line into Vaughan is $550 million over budget. But York Region council’s failure to limit its financial exposure on the project will leave homeowners to pick up the tab, points out Bob Mok, as he continues to uncover the council’s bureaucratic inefficiency in his column series. For his earlier articles, see http://096.ca/news/650632 and http://096.ca/news/650877
In 2015, the Heritage Village in Unionville incident brought to the public's attention the need to have better communication from the York Region Councillors. In 2016, it was revealed that the Toronto-York Spadina Subway extension was $550million overbudget and York region had to carry at least $160million of that financial load. Earlier on, York Region already contributed $92million to overruns.
Of the $550 million, $400 million is for contractor claims and $150 million was used to reset the project last year and hire a new contractor. There is a 60-40 funding agreement between Toronto and York region. This means that Toronto will have to come up with $240 million, while York Region has to dish out $160 million. It is not yet clear who is on the hook for the remaining $150 million.
设有六个车站，全长8.6公里的TTC 1号线（Yonge-University-Spadina地铁线）延伸线将向Downsview Station以北延伸，穿过约克大学直达旺市。该项目由联邦政府、安省政府、多伦多市区和约克区政府共同出资完成。目前省府已拨款$8.7亿元，联邦亦已投资$6.97亿元。该项目最初预算经费为$26亿元，但目前已耗资$31.84亿元并且支出还在继续增加。按照计划，这条地铁延伸线将于2017年12月投入运营。
The six-station, 8.6-kilometre extension of the TTC’s Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) will extend from Downsview Station north, through York University, and into Vaughan. The project is being funded by federal and provincial governments, the city and York Region. The province has already contributed $870 million and Ottawa, $697 million. Originally pegged at $2.6 billion, it is now at $3.184 billion and growing. This extension is scheduled to open in December of 2017.
当该地铁项目在2015年3月超出预算$1.5亿元，从而导致约克区需承担其中的$6000万时，多伦多公车局（TTC）首席执行官Andy Byford曾称他会在2015年底前确定最终的超支总额。约克区政府首席行政官Bruce MacGregor则直截了当地表示“超支本来并非在意料之外”。
When the project went over budget by $150 million in March 2015, including York’s share of $60 million, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC's) CEO Andy Byford said he would spend the rest of 2015 determining the final cost overrun tally. York Region's CAO Bruce Macgregor simply said “The overrun was not unexpected”.
York Region has a yearly operating and capital budget (2016) of $2.78 Billion and its accumulated debt is over $2.7 Billion. On top of the compensations that Markham Ward Councillors received in 2016 ($75K+$20k benefit), York Regional Councillors on the Markham Council also got an additional ($54K +$15K benefit) from York Region. Both of these positions also get another $10K for sitting on City-related Boards as Directors.
The Regional council was eventually given a report in 2016 outlining the financial implications of the cost overrun， and Macgregor acknowledged spending the extra money on the subway means money not being spent on other transportation or transit priorities. So where will the shortfall come from? Apparently, the new homeowners will carry a majority of the load.
The region will simply increase its development charges on new construction to fund services next year and the following years to come. Part of the subway bill increase also comes from the tax levy, but Macgregor is hoping the region has enough in reserve accounts to mean taxes won’t have to be hiked to pay for the overrun.
Many residents are unhappy about this overrun of over $200 million. They question why the Region did not place a cap to limit its financial exposure. They wonder why it was not reported to York Regional Council in 2015，when the CAO knew about the magnitude of this over budget. When it finally blew up all over the news, residents were getting the information ahead of the Regional Councillors because they were not informed by these representatives in a timely manner.
They finally got some answers. One Region Councillor stated that they do not have a budget for printing and mailing newsletters to their very large constituents (unlike the Ward Councillors each with a smaller population to deal with). Seriously, is that even a good excuse?
Next time, we will look into more York Region affairs that really appear perplexing to its residents.
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