Jan 10, 2009

Metrolinx knows how to waste $$$

The federal government has announced 14 projects across Canada that will see municipalities receive funding for the ecoMOBILITY program. A total of almost $3.000,000 has been made available for the projects. Metrolinx just happens to be one of the receivers.

Metrolinx (the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority) will receive a contribution of up to $405,000 for a project at elementary schools in the Region of Peel and the City of Hamilton to pilot, test and monitor new concepts and initiatives that encourage students to walk to school. It will also promote green transportation alternatives for faculty and staff.

To me, it seems like a waste of money on a dumb project. The Government Of Canada suggest this is an example of keeping our economy moving, create new jobs and deliver results for the environment.

Related link: Federal government delivers green transportation initiatives


Andrae Griffith said...

Not sure if it's Metrolinx's fault that money is being wasted... I know it's unrealistic to expect higher levels of government to offer string-free money, but isn't the waster the one who targets it in the wrong place?

Andy said...

Yes, the wrong target. I don't have much faith in Metrolinx to start with.

In this case the feds would send out a bulletin advising they are going to make money available. Next, agencies like Metrolinx would come up with a project. If it fits the feds standards then they get cash.

Surely they could have come up with something better.

Andrae Griffith said...

There's no question that we need a dedicated pool of funding, but the fundamental truth of politics is that she is what she is. We'll need to shake up the entire system to reach the promise land.