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Q: What’s going on with the City of Vancouver’s search for a new Chief Planner? Surely they’re getting close Frances. Any news? A. Good question. I had heard there was a first round of interviews in May, second round in early June. Four candidates on shortlist. Told last week by city manager that announcement was imminent. […]
Q: Why did my assessed value of the building portion of my property go up by over 40% when I made no substantial improvements to the house before the July 1, 2015 date? My house was built in 1954. Don’t homes typically depreciate over time unless substantial renos (permitted) are completed? Curious to know the […]
Q. Dear Swami: If (apparently) long term memory serves me well, NPA and Greens swept the Vancouver Parks Board with a commitment to restore some sense of civility in working with community centre societies. In brief, tossing out the Vision/Ballem approach of my way or the highway. What’s with the return to the shooting gallery […]
That is an excellent question and one that many people are asking themselves, including those on the Yes side. It appears to be a many-headed beast. The overall campaign manager for the Yes side coalition, as opposed to the mayors’ council, brought in recently, is Marko Dekovic, I’m told. And that seems to be right, […]
Question: How come the citizens of Vancouver were asked on the ballot to approve $235,000,000 in borrowing to cover city spending in the next 4 years? Is the city’s deficit so great to require these borrowed funds? Thank you very much Frances, you are much appreciated in our household. Answer: As anyone can see, I […]
It was quite a bombshell when TransLink’s recently arrived CEO Tom Prendergast started telling people Wednesday that he was going to New York.
Here‘s what people had to say.
No surprise here at all. Prendergast is no fool and he is a heavy-rail/metro man and well knows that if you keep building metro (SkyTrain & RAV/Canada line) on routes that do not have the ridership to sustain a metro (400,000 passengers a day plus), then large subsidies must be paid.
Large subsidies translates into road/bridge tolls, higher property taxes, etc.
SkyTrain, not including the RAV/Canada line is subsidized by over $230 million annually, then add on the bus routes.
The key factor in Translink’s failure is that despite all the money thrown at it, there has been no modal shift from car to transit!
Gordo, is the great transit Czar and his penchant for more expensive metro lines (UBC subway) means that TransLink will not change at all.
TransLink is a failure and Prendergast saw it for what it was and bailed!
Prendergast only has to answer to one (newly re-elected) mayor (with a proven commitment to $pending on $ustainable tran$p), an ally in colleague NYC DOT commish Janette Sadik-Khan, and a populace that’s on-board with mass transit… why spend yr career hitting sacrifice flies at the Nat, when you can rack up the dingers at Yankee Stadium?
The problem is simple: Translink needs larger, guaranteed revenue sources, and we need politicians with the vision ensure it happens.
I first heard it on twitter.. from new york before 7AM YVR time.
The funding problem with TransLink has very little to do with building transit of any kind. It has everything to do with the province, as the parent of TransLink, prioritizing a freeway building binge over everything else.
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