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One more take on what the TransLink commissioner had to say

September 4th, 2009 · 34 Comments

The (relatively) new TransLink commissioner, Martin Crilly, issued his first review ever of TransLink plan’s yesterday and all media piled on, but it was interesting that we all got something a bit different out of it. I ended up focusing on his analysis that TransLink is not going to be successful in the future by just building capacity and hoping riders will pile on — he says you need stick approaches to get drivers out of their cars and onto transit.My story is here.

The Province highlighted the fare increase he approved and the apparent death of immediate Evergreen Line construction.

And the Sun put the spotlight on TransLink’s problems with getting money from the parking-stall tax, due to the HST complications. I’m told by TransLink that that issue is actually being worked out with the province and they’re not too alarmed about it.

An object lesson in how complex transit funding is, with any analysis generating all kinds of interesting side topics of discussion. Anyone wanting to read the actual report themselves (it’s actually relatively readable) can go here.

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