Metro Vancouver Mayors updated the ten year transit plan which is still waiting on ways to actually find the region’s share.
“We don’t think it’s appropriate to be cherry-picking out projects, whether they’re big projects or certain bus routes back when we developed a comprehensive transit and transportation plan that meshed together with land use planning around the region.”
No major changes to the ten year transit and transportation plan although Metro Vancouver chair Greg Moore admitted the cost of it will increase.
Moore says they are still crunching the numbers to figure out how the rising cost of everything and how it will impact the bill.
Meanwhile he say the region is handcuffed in finding ways to cover its 17-percent share.
“Unless we fund it all out of property tax this referendum question is looming out there. The mayors have constantly said, and reiterated, that a referendum is not an appropriate way. Frankly the referendum legislation that we have in front of us doesn’t allow us to go to a referendum until the next municipal election, which is October 2018. Well the ship has sailed on the federal funding by that point.”
The Trudeau government has ponied up $370-million for Metro transit and transportation projects with the promise of billions more to come.
The province is kicking in one-third of the funding, leaving mayors to find a way to cover the remaining 17 per cent.