While the mayors remain stuck on how to fund this region’s share of transit and transportation costs, the Premier says there may be another way.
Premier Christy Clark says they are in early discussions with the Justin Trudeau government to come in and pick all or some of the region’s tab.
“What we’re doing now, though, is we’re working with the federal government to see if there are ways that the federal government can help municipalities pay for their share of this. I think that there might be a path there where local government might have some of their burden picked up by the federal government.”
As for details…
“You know I would if I could if I knew the answers but I don’t yet. We are still in very early discission stage with them. The mayor of Vancouver has gone to Ottawa to lobby them as well. We have really been leading that conversation but I don’t know what it will look like yet. This is something they are focused on though so I think we will have a better answer for you pretty quickly.”
Clark says her hope is the federal government would help shoulder the bill for the Broadway SkyTrain line, light rail in Surrey, and for the George Massey tunnel replacement.
She says more details will be coming, quote “pretty quickly.”
However Clark is sticking to her guns on the legislated requirement for a referendum on any new funding model for transit and transportation costs in the region.
On Translink governance she adds the province is not at the moment “contemplating” any changes to how the transit utility is run.