All quiet on the transit referendum front

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The silence is deafening on the Translink referendum front according to the head of the bus drivers’ union.

Nathan Woods says the mayors and the Transportation ministry are both silent on an important issue over the region’s transit network and how to pay for it.

“Well aside from the skytrain meltdowns and the further degradation of the Translink name I am stunned that there is nothing on the radar from anybody right now regarding the referendum. With just over six or seven months left to make a plea for support I am just dumbfounded by the silence.”

Woods says both the mayors and the Transportation ministry should be making hay while the sun shines to set up the vote and rally support for what ever transit funding system is tabled to voters.

“I think at the end of the day I have made a couple of bets whether the referendum will be held this year. I think I have won those bets. My next bet is that Christy Clark is going to make an announcement calling off the referendum until it can be rejigged with a better support system for it.”

Woods says by next year cutbacks will push bus service levels to 2006 2007 levels.

Metro Vancouver mayors will meet to discuss referendum details on September 22nd.

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