TransLink is inviting Metro Vancouverites to have their say on the plan for the first phase one of its proposed 10 year transit plan.
The $2-billion 10-year vision of Metro Vancouver Transit and Transportation would increase transit services, improve roads and general transit infrastructure beginning January 2017.
The Transit Authority is holding an open house Tuesday at Meadow Gardens Golf Club at 4pm, where residents can give feedback. More open houses will take place throughout this week and next week.
Plans for phase one will be considered by TransLink’s Board of Directors and the Mayor’s Council in November.
Last month, the region’s mayors floated a new plan to pull together Metro Vancouver’s share of the funding for the 10-year-pan.
The proposed strategy involves a property tax increase of $3 per year, a transit fare increase of 2-3%, a fee for new developments, and selling off surplus TransLink property.
Metro Vancouver is on the hook for 17% of the plan, after the feds agreed earlier this year to pick up the tab for 50% of the cost. The province will pay one third.
The region’s mayors have been looking for a stable TransLink funding source since voters rejected a 0.5% PST increase in a plebiscite last summer.
The funding would provide a 10% increase to bus service, 50 new SkyTrain cars, five new West Coast Express Cars and a new SeaBus.
The proposed fee structure isn’t universally popular. This week, Vancouver Green Councillor Adriane Carr is bringing a motion oposing the development fee, arguing it will take cash away from city amenities.