VANCOUVER’S TRANSLINK SLASHES COSTS

VANCOUVER, B.C. — TransLink has been forced to make massive cutbacks since the group’s proposed vehicle levy was axed by the province.

Their inability to implement the levy has meant that TransLink has not been able to get sufficient funding to make necessary improvements to the transportation network in the Vancouver area.

As a result, two orders for buses have been cancelled and more cutbacks are expected.

Environmentalists and the union council representing transit and road maintenance workers aren’t happy with the operating authority’s performance of late. They’ve called on Mike Farnworth, the minister responsible for transit, to establish an inquiry into TransLink operations.

TransLink is a B.C. government agency set up several years ago to manage the transit and traffic problems in the Greater Vancouver Area. It had pushed for a vehicle levy of up to $450 per vehicle to help cover its funding obligations.

The levy proposal was killed in part due to the opposition of the B.C. Trucking Association.

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