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Old 02-08-2013, 08:30 PM   #51
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what happens if you cut services? unhappy transit users, less transit use by the population, increased traffic congestion.... oh, and increased costs for transit use because less people will use it, which could also mean another tax, or worse yet, further service cuts to save money, which then leads to even less transit use, and therefore more service cuts and more service cuts.... until we have no more transit system. oh right, and less users/services mean less money to maintain roads.
I think many here would rather see cut services if it meant no new taxes. After all, who cares about the people who depend on public transit? It's all me, me, me and my car.

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everything comes down to money. and as a growing city with a significantly smaller population than most other cities, the taxpayers here are always going to be at more of a disadvantage. but guess what? you CHOOSE to live here and you can choose to live elsewhere if you do not want to participate, it sucks, but it's the truth. if you want to live here, then you must participate.
Funny, everything was fine until Expo 86... Biggest mistake this city has ever made.
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TransLink wants $23 billion to expand transit system

TransLink wants $23 billion to expand transit system

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s a plan some are already calling unrealistic, while others argue it is much needed.

TransLink wants to spend as much as $23 billion over the next three decades to improve and expand the transit system.

The transportation authority is appearing in front of the Mayor’s Council debating the dollar figure.

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan is not in favour of the request. “The idea that the property taxpayer is a bottomless pit of money is over. The reality is that we’re seeing, in every one of our communities, blow back from the public.”

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is arguing it’s going to take billions of dollars to help people move around and it’s silly to think transit investments aren’t needed.
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It have money troubles even now with the existing transit with its normal operational finances. Expanding the system will guarantee a deeper money pit. Need to fix the current problem and gain public confidence before they should move ahead with this project.
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Funny for Corrigan to speak.. consider he already has 2 Skytrain lines going through his city. Hypocrite much?
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Gregor Robertson needs to shut the fuck up already....
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They need to fire/terminate/toss out all top Executives.. and get fresh blood into Translink.

They only have 1 idea: We need money.
They only have 1 solution: Lets either make a new tax, or raise existing taxes.

I posted my comment on News1130.
They need to expand the Expo Line out into Langley and deeper into Surrey. Get more people access to rapid transit, at a fairer price. And people will eventually come.
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So you don't want new / higher taxes, yet you want one of the most expensive mass transit system available to expand to the bog lands in Surrey... and Langley? Along the way where population density is low?

Fairer fees how? $20 for each trip when users use the new line and reduce it over the years? You don't want the gov to raise taxes, yet how do you expect us to come out with the money to build?

Sounds like a Canadian version of Tea Party activists.. No taxes, but no one touch my Medicare!

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They need to fire/terminate/toss out all top Executives.. and get fresh blood into Translink.

They only have 1 idea: We need money.
They only have 1 solution: Lets either make a new tax, or raise existing taxes.

I posted my comment on News1130.
They need to expand the Expo Line out into Langley and deeper into Surrey. Get more people access to rapid transit, at a fairer price. And people will eventually come.

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Funny for Corrigan to speak.. consider he already has 2 Skytrain lines going through his city. Hypocrite much?
I agree, im a burnaby guy through and through but find it funny Corrigan would say that.

Its alot easier to be against it when both sides of your city has a skytrain running through it.

I agree with alot of you that a train needs to run out to the fraser valley.

I always find it funny how the gvrd wants to be a premeir north american city, yet hesitates to have rapid transit going out to the suburbs and makes mediocre imporovements to a complete cluster f*ck of a freeway system.

Yeah, lets not provide ways for people who cant afford 1 million dollar shit shacks a cost and time effective way to get to work. But lets continue to rape them with taxes on fuel and what not, sounds fair and logical.

Im fine with more taxes as long as i see the money is being put to good use and not going into the pockets of execs that continually complain about not having enough money.
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Less than a billion dollars a year for a systemic overhaul that'll make everything way better.


It could be worse.
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So you don't want new / higher taxes, yet you want one of the most expensive mass transit system available to expand to the bog lands in Surrey... and Langley? Along the way where population density is low?

Fairer fees how? $20 for each trip when users use the new line and reduce it over the years? You don't want the gov to raise taxes, yet how do you expect us to come out with the money to build?

Sounds like a Canadian version of Tea Party activists.. No taxes, but no one touch my Medicare!
Where I'd say that? Please bold it in my post that I'm not willing to pay for it..

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They need to fire/terminate/toss out all top Executives.. and get fresh blood into Translink.

They only have 1 idea: We need money.
They only have 1 solution: Lets either make a new tax, or raise existing taxes.
^^ This

Also, is Translink still wasting big $$$ on OT pay like they used to? A number of years ago, a bus-driving acquaintance of mine told me that it is relatively easy for a lot of bus drivers to rack up an insane number of OT hours. Obviously, those hours are paid at 1.5x to 2x.

I say their entire system needs to be overhauled and replaced with something cheaper (esp on labour costs) and more efficient.
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starting wage for a bus driver is $25 or something....

also translink tax on a parking pass downtown??

25% translink tax and 5% PST?

RIDICULOUS
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Now I'll respond to that.

Translink is always trying to "expand" their system in a highly populated, clusterfuck of a place. They never look ahead of the ball, yet they always try to chase it.

I AM NOT WILLING TO PAY FOR Translink to build a goddamn underground line through Broadway as we have a half-efficient B-Line system in effect, and the construction would be a god-awful nightmare. I wouldn't even propose that they build this line on 12th Ave.

They NEVER had a South option. Why not build an above ground line along 41st, and tie it to the Canada Line? Once they reach the outskirts of UBC, and above ground is not a viable option, go underground.

I am tired of hearing Translink just push their weight around for more money. With really shitty options, lame proposals, and weak "solutions" when they are given a backlash from the public.

I AM WILLING TO SPEND MY TAX MONEY ON Translink pushing transit out to where people are moving to. They don't even look at this as an option. They'd rather improve everything around the DownTown Core, to get traffic in, then bring more transit users in.

BUT I THOUGHT THEY WERE A TRANSIT CORPORATION?!
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starting wage for a bus driver is $25 or something....

also translink tax on a parking pass downtown??

25% translink tax and 5% PST?

RIDICULOUS

not just downtown, I know that feel. Everyone including students pay that retarded 25%. How in the fuck is it possible to tax something 25%???
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Wage Schedule: Conventional Transit Operators
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Trainee (30 Days training) $20.44
1st 8 months $21.90
2nd 8 months $23.36
3rd 8 months $26.28
Thereafter $29.20

Wage Schedule: Community Transit Operators
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Trainee (9 Days training) $17.57 per hour
1st 8 months $18.69
2nd 8 months $21.02
Thereafter $23.36

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They just want more money to pay themselves then make some improvements on trasit system and call it a fucking day.
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Less than a billion dollars a year for a systemic overhaul that'll make everything way better.


It could be worse.
That's only if it were true. Most likely it'll cost a lot more than they actually say.

Can't we get a proper audit of Translink please?

The Buzzer blog » The provincial audit of TransLink

The auditors discover 41 million of savings but they were only recommendations. It is unknown even to this day if Translink were decided or against those recommendations. And now this.

Again, I don't mind if our tax dollars went to create a system such as a sky train that operates til 3AM everyday or the creation of internal LRT systems within their own municipalities that can connect with the existing infrastructure. But to ask for more money when our population doesn't even rival Toronto's is just down right robbery.
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I hate articles like that. They just show the bottom dollar figure - but won't explain what it's used for. I wouldn't be as upset if they start talking about projects they need to work on, etc. Are they expanding lines, or are they just wasting money?
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That's only if it were true. Most likely it'll cost a lot more than they actually say.

Can't we get a proper audit of Translink please?

The Buzzer blog » The provincial audit of TransLink

The auditors discover 41 million of savings but they were only recommendations. It is unknown even to this day if Translink were decided or against those recommendations. And now this.
I think the audit largely recommends cutting services on routes that have less people - or moving routes around to more populated areas. That's just going to piss more people off. While it will save money, it will mean less people will have access to the services.
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I hate articles like that. They just show the bottom dollar figure - but won't explain what it's used for. I wouldn't be as upset if they start talking about projects they need to work on, etc. Are they expanding lines, or are they just wasting money?
Gars,

Given Translink's history, I think it is a relatively safe bet that they are going to at least waste a good amount of that money.

Jokes aside, I think there is a lot of truth in the above statement that I made. The absolute biggest success Translink has pulled off in the last 20 years is probably the Canada Line. But even with the Canada Line, Translink royally screwed up in many regards. The construction phase unnecessarily affected too many people and businesses along the Cambie corridor. The projected capacity was way too low. The design of the stations were an absolute failure that left no room for expansion at all. What kind of engineering project would almost leave out future scalability altogether?
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Where I'd say that? Please bold it in my post that I'm not willing to pay for it..

Fail comprehension to reading.
...um, where you mention wanting to fire everyone at Translink for wanting more money and to do so by instituting new taxes, or raising existing taxes?

Then you mention wanting to expand Skytrain into Langley? Cause that'll be cheap and TOTALLY pay for itself.

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