Much Ado About Nothing – Reforming TransLink

The regional mayors just do not get it. There is something missing, something very important.

Where is public participation?

Nowhere to be seen.

The defeat of the TransLink plebiscite was, in part, due to the public holding TransLink in high odor and why not, as this ponderous and obtuse bureaucracy has failed to maintain any semblance of being user friendly. Successful public transit operations have a high level of public approval, yet TransLink still operates in secret, treating transit customers poorly.

Sorry Mr. Moore, unless there is full public process in reforming TransLink, the regional mayors talk about reforming TransLink is “Much Ado About Nothing”.

What $130 million buys you in planning!

Metro Vancouver fast-tracks work on TransLink reform

By Kelly Sinoski, Vancouver Sun September 17, 2015

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/metro+vancouver+fast+tracks+work+translink+reform/11372226/story.html#ixzz3m3rhJO6V

Metro Vancouver fast-tracks work on TransLink reform

Metro chairman Greg Moore is setting up a committee to pull together a Metro Vancouver position on the future of TransLink, the batteedr provincial transit agency.

Photograph by: Jason Payne , Vancouver Sun

Metro Vancouver directors are scurrying to come up with a new governance proposal for TransLink, with just three weeks before cabinet minister Peter Fassbender is to report on the regionai??i??s transportation problems.

Metro chairman Greg Moore announced Thursday that he will pull together a committee to devise a proposal based on the regionai??i??s transportation and regional land-use policy before Oct. 14.

Moore said it would be quicker to have a small group of people come up with a report to send Fassbender than a full Metro committee. Other work, such as considering how to allocate money from the federal gas tax, could come later, he added.

ai???Our board gave us the direction to look at governance,ai??? Moore told Metroai??i??s intergovernmental committee Thursday. ai???Weai??i??ve done this all before, so we donai??i??t have to do a lot of background research. Itai??i??s about bringing it all together in a comprehensive position … either reaffirming our position or tweaking it.ai???

North Vancouver District Mayor Richard Walton said there are many issues to be clarified, including whether Metro wants to keep the TransLink mayorsai??i?? council. Both TransLink and the mayorsai??i?? council were heavily criticized this summer following the publicai??i??s rejection of a proposed 0.5-per-cent sales tax to fund transportation expansion.

Fassbender, a former Langley mayor who once sat on the TransLink mayorsai??i?? council, was appointed by Premier Christy Clark shortly the transportation plebiscite failed. Fassbender said his immediate goals were to ai???restore the confidence of the people of Metro Vancouver in TransLink,ai??? most notably its fiscal management and governance structure.

TransLink has been battered by public criticism of mismanagement, mainly over its executive salaries and the long-delayed Compass card and fare gate system. It has since shed several executives, including two involved in the plebiscite process.

ksinoski@vancouversun.com

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One Response to “Much Ado About Nothing – Reforming TransLink”
  1. chris says:

    Gosh, if only you were in charge eh? Seems to me from reading some of these posts that nobody knows how to do anything right — except for you. What are you waiting for?? The world needs you!

    Zwei replies: Planning for good transit in the region is not rocket science, but before any transportation authority can proceed, it must and I mean MUST, have the good will of the people. The recent plebiscite showed that a large majority of people do not like TransLink, nor do they trust TransLink.

    Now, before any reform of TransLink can take place, it must have the good will of the people. This is simple Business 101, the product must be good or the no one will buy the product. So why are the public excluded?

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