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Doug Allen on Voice of BC!

You may have heard, that come early August, our Interim CEO, Doug Allen will be leaving.

At this time our current CFO Cathy McLay will become Acting CEO as we continue our search for a permanent replacement.

With just a few weeks left until Doug bids us adieu, he joined Vaughn Palmer on “Voice of BC” to discuss his six-month stint at TransLink.

Chatting with Vaughn about the search for a new CEO, the transit plebiscite and TransLink governance, Doug spoke to a number of important transportation issues.

Growing transit and transportation needs in the Metro Vancouver were also apart of this conversation, as was the exploration of potential funding options.

All in all, the video gives you a good look at Doug Allen’s role over the past six-months at TransLink and his take on current transit matters!

Author: Laura Tennant

16th Avenue Corridor Study is Ready for Your Review!

16th Avenue Corridor

16th Avenue Corridor

The 16th Avenue corridor study through Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford has been completed!

In this study, all three municipalities as well as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, ICBC and TransLink reviewed current and potential future plans for transportation along 16th Avenue.

Examining an area extending 29 km from Highway 99 in South Surrey to Marshal Road in Abbotsford, the study looked at current issues with the corridor, its primary functions as well as ways in which 16th Ave could be improved.

Now that the study is completed, your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Here’s how you can have your voice heard:

1)     Review the 16th Avenue Corridor Study here.

2)    Complete the survey and tell us what you think!

The survey will only be available until Monday, July 27.  Don’t miss your opportunity to participate!

Author: Laura Tennant

The results of Metro Vancouver’s Transportation and Transit Plebiscite

Elections BC announced the results of the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite today.

The results were that voters were not in favour of the 0.5% sales tax increase to fund transit expansion and increased service in the region.

While the outcome isn’t what we hoped for, we respect the decision of voters.

We will be live streaming a press conference with interim CEO Doug Allen on Periscope for Twitter (@TransLinkBC) at 12pm today from Waterfront station. Tune in and join the conversation.

Here is a statement from Doug Allen.

Today, Elections BC reported that 61.68% of voters rejected a 0.5% PST increase to fund the transportation improvements outlined in the Mayors’ Plan.

We are disappointed, but we respect the decision of voters and the fact that a majority do not support the proposed tax as the way to meet the transportation needs of a growing population.

The Premier decided to hold a plebiscite on funding to meet the transportation needs of Metro Vancouver.

And the Mayors responded by creating a well thought-out investment plan for better transit and transportation.

They did a great job of explaining the plan to citizens and defending the need for a tax in order to fund it.

The people of this region were asked to make a two-part decision: 1) Does the 10-year plan make sense; and 2) is the half-a-percent sales tax warranted?

In talking to hundreds of people over the course of the plebiscite, what we heard — especially from the younger generation — was support for:

  • More public transit
  • The good service we provide
  • The plan put forward by the Mayors

But convincing people to vote for a tax increase is a tough sell, even when it will pay for much-needed transit and transportation improvements.

Our region expects to welcome over one million new residents over the next 30 years. A “no” vote doesn’t change the fact that our current transportation system will be challenged by this growth.

With no new funding, we will have no capacity to expand the transit system or provide increased service. Costs and customer demand will rise at a time when funding is essentially frozen. As a result, current service levels may be affected and we could face tough decisions in the weeks and months ahead.

Respected independent experts and analysts repeatedly point to TransLink’s record of cost efficiency and sound financial management. We will continue to earn that reputation by cutting costs and maximizing revenue opportunities wherever we can.

The need for funding has not gone away and we expect that the search for an acceptable source of regional funding will continue.

In the months ahead, we will work with the Province, the Mayors’ Council, our customers and the public to find a way to fund much-needed transit for our rapidly growing region.

Our commitment to running a safe and reliable transit and transportation system remains as strong as ever.

Although it ended with a no outcome, the plebiscite started a good debate across the region on the importance of transit. That debate will continue.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Sincerely,

Doug Allen

Interim CEO, TransLink

You can view the press conference from noon today at Waterfront station here:

Author: Adrienne Coling

Have you received your voting package?

Courtesy of Elections BC

Courtesy of Elections BC

The Transportation and Transit plebiscite for Metro Vancouver is in full swing as we approach the one month mark of voting next week.

Have you received your voting package yet?

If you register online, it may take several weeks to receive your ballot from Elections BC.

This is especially important for post-secondary students in the region who are ending their school terms and may be moving.

We encourage everyone to check in or register by phone to ensure you get their ballot with enough time to vote and send it back to be counted.

If you did not receive a voting package, ask for one at 1-800-661-8683 before midnight on May 15, 2015

Confused on how to fill out and return you ballot? Check out this video!

You can take a look at the Mayors’ Council plan for the region on their website.

For the low down on the plebiscite itself and registering, please visit here.

Remember, your completed ballot must be received by Elections BC before
8pm on Friday May, 29, 2015 to be counted.

Author: Adrienne Coling