Emergancy Plan….What Emergancy Plan?

TransLink has a problem.

As discussed before, TransLink’s ridership performance is reported in “boarding’s” and the transit system is so designed to force transit customers to “board” several times throughout their journey. This of course, greatly increases boarding’s.

Transit customers from South of the Fraser are forced to “board” four to six times a day to complete their journey, due to being forced to Transfer onto the Canada line and transfer again to a bus.

The high boarding’s numbers that TransLink releases to the media certainly makes them look good, which makes politicians look good. For those not in the know, seems that TransLink seemingly impressive numbers are akin to a shaky pyramid scheme.

During the Covid-19 crisis, the pyramid scheme collapsed, collapsing the revue stream as well.

The issue that TransLink keeps quiet about is that the light-metro system and trolleybus system are very expensive to operate and maintain and much of the operating costs are fixed costs, thus leading to huge financial shortfalls.

What really interests me is that TransLink did not have an emergency plan. This is odd because living in an earthquake zone, with the province telling everyone one should have a plan in case of an earthquake or similar disaster, TransLink does not.

That TransLink does not, is not surprising at all because they don’t even seem to have a coherent snow plan either as transit customers are rudely reminded of, with every snowfall.

There should be a plan that in case of emergency core bus routes remain open, such as a route from South Delta to Vancouver, without transferring to the Canada Line. The plan should include the gradual withdrawal of service on routes that are not carrying a meaningful number of customers.

These core routes, no more than ten, should be actual routes operating on schedule service that are deemed essential in an emergency and kept operating at all costs.

I admit, the Covid-19 crisis is different, but it showed TransLink’s naked underbelly of having no emergency plan, except coming cap in hand to the provincial and federal governments for more money, to operate buses with little or no customer demand.

Coronavirus: TransLink ridership just one-third of normal, losses estimated at $500M to $1.4B

By Simon Little Global News

Officials with Metro Vancouver’s transit agency are painting a clearer picture of how badly the organization’s finances have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At its annual general meeting Thursday, TransLink said daily ridership fell to about 223,000 people in April, and more than doubled to about 472,000 people by May.

That’s still only about a third of its pre-COVID daily ridership average of 1.5 million.

The steep decline in ridership has translated into major losses. TransLink said if Phase 3 of the province’s pandemic reopening plan were to start soon, it stands to lose about $500 million this year.

In a worst-case scenario, with a second wave of the virus, it said the losses could amount to $1.4 billion.

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond said he still doesn’t know where funding to fill that gap would come from.

“We are working with the province, we’ve been working with the province very extensively for weeks now,” said Desmond.

“We’ve also had many many contacts with the federal government. We have a number of different ideas.”

Earlier this spring, TransLink issued about 1,500 layoff notices and proposed major service cuts to try and offset losses.

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  1. Nathan Davidowicz says:

    While nothing is done South Of The Fraser in Alberta we have cooperation to provide a new passenger railway link from Calgary to Banff as well ad the YYC Airport.
    A distance of 130km.
    In the Fraser Valley we could have a rail link from Surrey to Langley/Abby Airport/DowntownsAbby/Chilliwack a distance of about 100km. We need these rail links .
    MOTI staff in Victoria BC must be blind as they do not apply for various Federal grants available.

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