After Metro Vancouver’s failed transit plebiscite, local mayors have been quietly coming up with ways improve public confidence in TransLink.
Port Coquitlam Mayor and Metro Vancouver regional district chair Greg Moore says the mayor’s task force will unveil its recommendations on how best to run TransLink next Monday.
Moore says mayors, Translink, and the regional district need to work better together.
“So that there is confidence in Translink and where it is going so that if we need to get more money for the system that is the bottom line. We need to figure out what we can do to position Translink to get some money so that we can build these projects that I think people want and that we definitely need as a growing region.”
But he says the mayors can only do so much.
“The mayors in the region we have a limited role in the public’s perception of TransLink. We need to work on the relationship between the mayors’ council, Metro Vancouver and Translink to strengthen that. That will probably help with it but TransLink itself has a role to play in the public’s perception of how they operate their organization.”
Moore says its important to bolster confidence in TransLink so it can acquire more funding and begin building key transit projects.
There is still zero movement on the funding front, with Moore saying the only good news is coming from the Trudeau government.
“We know that the federal government has new money for transit. They haven’t come out with exactly what that program looks like but we need to ensure we are at the front of that line. Our challenge is, is we still have to come up with a regional share of whatever that percentage is.”
While legislation mandates any new funding requires another vote, Moore says the mayors council would like to avoid that.
He says the province must realize a plebiscite is not the best way to determine how to fund transit and transportation.