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More disarray over Evergreen Line funding, as talk of one-year delay, new carbon tax muddies waters

June 3rd, 2011 · 47 Comments

A new regional carbon tax. A possible one-year delay on the line, which would mean it doesn’t get finished until 2015. The province blaming the mayors for not coming up with a solution. The mayors saying, “Hey, how could we do anything when you guys were so busy having leadership races that it was impossible to get face time with anyone?”

Yes, another week talking about the uncertain fate of the Evergreen Line. Good grief. I wrote this story this week, but who knows where things are at now.

Seems like it shouldn’t be that hard to figure out what to do. The mayors agree to increased taxes for the first year of funding the new line as long as the province provides something in writing, not on a napkin, that says it will provide access to some other form of funding by 2012 or 2013.

Maybe that’s what will come out of today’s meeting between TransLink mayors’ council head Richard Walton and Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom. Do you think.

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