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TransLink board welcomed to North Van with catcalls and jeers

NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. -- TransLink's travelling circus of representatives aren't being warmly welcomed as they tour...

NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. — TransLink’s travelling circus of representatives aren’t being warmly welcomed as they tour the Greater Vancouver area pleading for help.

The tour visited North Vancouver on Thursday, to once again tout their two options for overcoming a funding shortfall. One consists of increasing fuel taxes while the other would see the transit body cut services and defer road projects back to municipalities.

But, it was a tough crowd that greeted them in North Vancouver.

West Vancouver resident, Derrick Humphreys, blasted “You should have foreseen this deficit five years ago.” The audience applauded as he said the board members present were not elected to make “these kinds of decisions.”

Liz James, chair of the Coalition for Accountability in Government Enterprises says “I am not in favor of giving TransLink any more money until you get your act together. We don’t mind paying but we want and need, to know how you’re spending the money, who is spending the money and what you are spending the money on.”

North Vancouver resident Sue Cook joined in the action, saying “What bottomless pit has the (current fare) increase gone into?”

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