We should know the results of the Metro Vancouver transit plebiscite in a matter of days.
Doug Allen is the TransLink interim CEO.
“Well I think where we are at the moment is ever-hopeful that it is a “Yes”…we don’t know when the results are going to be delivered. I assume relatively soon. And I think you’ll know about the same time I will or TransLink will as to what those results are.”
The long delayed Compass Card program will be phased in regardless of the vote outcome.
And officials say quarterly board meetings will be open to the public, beginning in the fall, in a bid to bolster transparency.
Regardless of how the Metro Vancouver transit plebiscite plays out, TransLink passengers will likely see service reductions across the system next year.
Allen says the authority will focus on what it calls “service optimization”.
That means moving busses from low-performing routes to routes where demand is higher, like Broadway, in Vancouver.
And that’s even if we vote “yes”.
“So will there be more optimization over time? Yes. Will it happen under any scenario? Yes. But within certain principles we’re following, and certain service levels we want to maintain.”
Results of the vote are expected any day now.