A quick but important note: the following media release went out today on behalf of our Board.
TransLink to proceed with public consultation on proposed supplement
Regional contributions to the Evergreen Line and North Fraser Perimeter Road to be decided
October 15, 2010
After careful consideration, the TransLink Board has authorized the organization to move forward with planned public consultation on funding the proposed supplement required to build the Evergreen Line and complete the first phase of the North Fraser Perimeter Road project and, possibly, to proceed with a number of other priority projects, which include key SkyTrain station upgrades, restoring funding to bike and major road network capital programs, additional service throughout the existing bus network and new rapid bus services on King George Boulevard and Highway 1.
“A supplement is the legal mechanism we have to enable policymakers to make a decision on critical regional transportation issues. The Mayors’ Council can only make a decision on our regional commitments to these projects if TransLink prepares a supplement for them to consider. Before a supplement can be provided to the Mayors’ Council and the Regional Transportation Commissioner, TransLink must consult the public on how to pay for proposed projects and that consultation must focus only on funding sources our legislation currently allows us to implement,” says Chair Dale Parker.
Decisions on both the Evergreen Line and the North Fraser Perimeter Road project, which involves an extension of United Boulevard to remove a major traffic bottleneck, are up against a year-end deadline to have signed funding agreements in place with the provincial and federal governments respectively.
Please have a look at the full media release for all the details (that’s just the first three paragraphs above).
In light of this decision, consultation will begin at the Transportation Fairs and online on a proposed supplement with two possible funding mechanisms: property tax or a transportation improvement fee. You can visit the TransLink website for more detail on the proposed supplement and funding mechanisms.