Pan Am officials say budget on track despite venue and transportation plan delays

Still no word on final make-up of HOV lanes for the event

Even though there are no final security costs or transportation plans, organizers of next year's Pan Am Games vow they won't go over budget.

But not everything is rosy.

Pan Am officials still haven't ironed out a plan to put HOV lanes in the downtown core and the highways for the sporting event next year.

Ministry of Transportation officials are briefing Minister Steven Del Duca as well as Minister Responsible for the Games Michael Coteau.

CEO of TO2015 Saad Rafi says he hopes to hear from the province over the next six-eight weeks about a more concrete plan. He says it's taken so long because of the election campaign.

The proposal being floated around so far shows HOV lanes on Jarvis, Lakeshore, the DVP and the 400-series highways to transport athletes, spectators, media and staff.

This comes as questions arise concerning what venues will actually be ready in time for next summer's games. Organizers Hamilton soccer stadium (which will also serve as home to the CFL's Tigercats), the Caledon Equestrian Park and the baseball stadium are just some of the venues that have had their timelines pushed back.

Officials blame a colder than average winter for that.

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