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Gas taxes may be raised to help bail out TransLink

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Gas taxes on Canada's left coast could soon be on the rise to help improve road maintenance and...

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Gas taxes on Canada’s left coast could soon be on the rise to help improve road maintenance and dig TransLink out of debt.

A meeting last night between council representatives from North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Lions Bay and Bowen Island, as well as TransLink officials, explored ways to raise money for the transit body while freeing up some more cash for road work.

Property tax hikes were frowned upon, but those in attendance supported the idea of a gas tax hike. One councilor even went so far as to suggest cars should be eliminated from Vancouver’s downtown core.

TransLink is preparing for a $32-million shortfall for 2002 operations, and the transit body is looking for an influx of cash to avoid fare hikes or service cuts. At this point there is no word on whether diesel taxes would receive a similar hike.

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