Mayor Calls for Alternative Transit Governance Options
CITY OF PITT MEADOWS
MAYOR CALLS FOR ALTERNATIVE TRANSIT GOVERNANCE OPTIONS
Pitt Meadows, BC – At a Metro Vancouver board meeting this week, Mayor John Becker gave notice of his intention to ask the Board to consider preparing a report on alternative governance structures for the delivery of public transit within the region. The motion comes after the regional transit referendum results came back Thursday with 62% of voters saying “no” to the proposed revenue plan of adding 0.5% to provincial sales tax to fund transportation improvements outlined in the Mayor’s Council Transportation Plan.
“What I see from the referendum results is that people want better transit, but there is a governance problem with Translink,” Becker said.
“The Mayors’ Plan addresses the transportation needs of the region going forward, but we need to find new ways of governing that model in a way that is efficient and serves the needs of transit users.”
Becker would like regional district staff to study the effectiveness of the current Translink governance structure, but also explore a public utility model similar to the current water and liquid waste utilities administered by Metro Vancouver.
“Any changes have to be made by the Province with proper consultation, so I believe this conversation needs to begin now if we want to move forward with the best possible opportunities in place,” he said.
“We need to look at alternatives to know we are getting the best bang for our buck.”
The Mayors’ Council Transportation Plan can be found at www.mayorscouncil.ca.