From the Vancouver Sun – Metro Vancouver mayors vote for an extra $130-million for TransLink. As Barnum Observed, There Is a Sucker Born Every Minute.


Metro mayors caved in to TransLink’s slick propaganda campaign, to bad because TransLink and the provincial government will forever treat municipal politicians as mindless patsies. It was time to draw a line in the sand, but regional politicians just didn’t have the stomach for it and continue to be just tax and spend politicians who don’t care about the future.

It was time to say just NO and let the chip fall where they may! The problem with TransLink isn’t money, it is an ineffectual bureaucracy stuck in the past, squander millions of dollars following a largely discredited transit philosophy based on a few expensive light-metro lines being force fed by buses. Doesn’t work – doesn’t attract the all important motorist from his car. But, no fear, TransLink will continue with this drivel until the public finally compel politicians to change it of be forced out of office.

Doing the same thing over and over again and wishing for different results has been defined as madness.

Knowing that they are dealing with rubes, TransLink will be back demanding more money faster than you can say sucker!

What $130 million buys you in planning!

What $130 million buys you in planning!

Metro Vancouver mayors vote for an extra $130-million for TransLink

By Kelly Sinoski, Vancouver SunOctober 23, 2009 3:14 PM

Metro Vancouver mayors “reluctantly” voted for a $130 million supplement plan for TransLink today saying it would give them some breathing room while they tried to find more money to run the transit system.

The so-called stabilization plan will see a three-cents-a-litre increase in gasoline taxes as well as transit-fare increases, starting next year. TransLink also plans to resurrect its parking stall tax. The fare increases come into effect April 1, pushing up the price of a one-zone farecard from $73 to $81 or adding 10 cents to a fare-saver ticket.

Despite a high level of frustration, mayors would not support a suggestion by Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan to vote against the plan and use impending cuts to force the province to help with funding.

Corrigan had suggested the province would respond in such a crisis situation especially before the 2010 Olympic Games.

But other mayors argued the price of the cuts would be too high for their communities and said they will take Transportation Minister Shirley Bond at her word that she will work with them.

Although Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts said ther is “no guarantee the provincial government will listen to any of us,” the $130 million will help keep the transit system limping along.

“I don’t think it’s responsible to throw up our hands, cut the system into shreds and force the government in a corner,” she said. “It’s a very tenuous situation as it is.”

TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast said the decision has staved off drastic cuts which would likely have occurred following the Olympics.

But he said TransLink now faces finding the money to expand the system and honour its commitment to building the Evergeen Line connecting Burnaby, Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini, who voted against the plan, had suggested mayors defer the vote until it could find out if road pricing was an option. His motion was defeated.

More to come.


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2 Responses to “From the Vancouver Sun – Metro Vancouver mayors vote for an extra $130-million for TransLink. As Barnum Observed, There Is a Sucker Born Every Minute.”

  1. Tappen Says:

    Agreed that a line needs to be drawn, and that Translink is on a road to disaster.

    However. Saying no and “letting the chips fall” was too dangerous an action. It’s a rigged system that forces mayors to choose between catastrophic cuts and Translink’s Potemkin plan. The mayors should have had more creative input and greater say.

    A different system needs to be drawn up. But forcing 40% service cuts is not the way to do it.

    Zweisystem replies: I tend to agree, but I do not believe for one moment that there would be 40% service cuts. TransLink has a long history with vast economies of the truth and employ a well experienced cadre of spin doctors and blog trolls to pervert the truth. In South Delta, there are three bus services that run at a hourly or better service a day, yet combined daily ridership hardly surpasses 25 passengers! I know of no transit operation that would operate such a service (with the one exception – if it was funded by an outside source) or allow planning for such a service, yet TransLink has scores of these services throughout the region.

    It is my belief that the 40% number is pure invention by a ‘tax and spend’ bureaucracy, who care little for the taxpayer. I would wager that you would agree with me that the BC Auditor General must do at least biannual financial and service audits of TransLink, to ensure the public that the ponderous bureaucracy is run competently and within fiscal guidelines.

    Gas prices in Blaine, Sumas and Point Roberts vary from CAD $0.80 to $0.83 a litre.

  2. David Says:

    We need an audit of TransLink and the Provincial funding of transit projects.


    Those who don’t vote have no right to complain about the representation they wind up with. Those who don’t buy gas in Canada don’t have much right to complain about the transit system they wind up with.

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