Playing Trains At TransLink

The TransLink saga carries on.

The Mayors did run TransLink once, but they ran afoul of former Premier Gordon Campbell and his desire to build the worlds only P-3 heavy rail metro which would have less capacity than a streetcar. The province, with former Liberal Cabinet Minister Kevin Falcon at the helm ensured that this white elephant was built.

The provincial Liberals, really do not care at all about regional transit and do not want to shell out any more money to TransLink, seeing that the entire organization is toxic to voters. The province also doesn’t want the regional Mayors, who are equally clueless aboutAi?? transit, to make TransLink even more unpalatable with the voters, by planning massively expensive vanity projects like the Broadway subway and the Surrey poor man’s LRT.

The chap in charge of the TransLink fiasco, Minister “Factbender” is also as thick as three sort planks about Transit and is just doing the premier’s bidding. With LNG in the tank and her own vanity projects to pay for, the Premier will opt to do nothing.

The result of course is a growing transportation debacle in the region, fed by provincial political hubris; regional political ennui; and bureaucratic incompetence.

We once had a gentleman who knew his stuff, running TransLink, a Mr. Prendergast, but he was “sent to Coventry” by the powers that be, because he actually wanted to improve transit and not design transit to ‘cut ribbons’ at election time.

Zwei has an answer for the regional politico’s, go to WalMart after Christmas and buy cheap, cheap plastic Christmas Train sets and play trains, as it would be a whole lot cheaper than playing trains at TransLink.

Metro Vancouver directors want full control of transportation policy

By Kelly Sinoski, Vancouver SunDecember 15, 2015

Metro Vancouver directors are pushing for full control of the region’s transportation policy, saying it’s the best way to “plan, fund and deliver a first-class regional transportation system” and rebuild confidence in TransLink.

Photograph by: Ric Ernst, PNG

Metro Vancouver directors are pushing for full control of the region’s transportation policy, saying it’s the best way to “plan, fund and deliver a first-class regional transportation system” and rebuild confidence in TransLink.

The move, which would develop strategies, transportation plans, investment plans, annual budgets and funding sources, was recommended in a draft position paper presented by a Metro Vancouver task force, struck to look at the issue of TransLink’s governance following a failed transportation plebiscite this past spring. The task force, which met five times between September and November, examined governance structures for the delivery of public transit as well as ways to strengthen the links between Metro’s growth strategy and TransLink planning.

ai???A change in legislation to place control for planning and policy decisions with regional elected officials on the Mayorsai??i?? Council would strengthen the linkages between regional transportation and regional land use planning considerably because these regional elected officials are accountable and already involved in regional land use planning,ai??? Metro Vancouver chairman Greg Moore said.

The directors are calling immediately to establish joint planning sessions, to be held quarterly, between the TransLink Board and the mayorsai??i?? council to discuss key strategies, plans, and policies. The Metro board is opposed to the concept of smaller joint planning advisory committees that would report to the TransLink Board, as was proposed in the Nov. 16, draft position paper developed for the task force.

Metro argues the changes would set the stage for a strong working relationships between and among the TransLink Board, Metro Vancouver, the Mayorsai??i?? Council and the provincial government and help to rebuild confidence in TransLink among the public. Metro said recent changes in 2014, which allowed two mayors to sit on the TransLink board and veto plans that don’t support the regional growth strategy, were helpful but did not allow regional officials to help develop TransLinkai??i??s key regional transportation plans or annual budgets and service plans.

ai???Successfully addressing the issues facing public transit in Metro Vancouver will only be achieved if elected officials are responsible for the governance of how the service is delivered, and if there are strong links between the regional growth strategy and transportation planning at Translink,ai??? said task force chairman and Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay.

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