Comment 101417

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted May 20, 2014 at 14:29:20 in reply to Comment 101414

The argument about tax subsidy has to do with the cost of infrastructure. Suburban communities are far more spread-out than urban ones - that's more roadway to pave, more pipe to run, etc. per-resident. These are not small potatoes - Hamilton spends a horrifying amount of money on roads.

Even things like buses - I mean, which side of the city costs more to service with buses, the lower city or the mountain? Intuitively, you think the lower city - the buses run incredibly frequently down there. They're constant. But the thing is that they're constant because they're full. Full means paid fares. Many of the lower-city routes actually generate a profit over the individual route's operating costs. However, the total system is not profitable because of all the empty-buses puttering around in less-popular routes... which includes most mountain buses.

Also, do you have a source for the "average value" thing? I know home prices are skyrocketing in the west end.

Comment edited by Pxtl on 2014-05-20 14:47:59

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