Vancouver Province: Transit must derail cheats: Politicos

TransLink should scrap its planned fare hikes until it does something about the cheats ripping off the system for millions of dollars, say two Richmond councillors.

“Those that pay their fair share shouldn’t have to pay more until fare cheats are forced to pay themselves,” Coun. Derek Dang said Tuesday. “We are calling on TransLink to install fare gates on mass transit lines.”

A recent TransLink report estimates total fares evaded across the system between $5.3 million and $9.5 million annually.

TransLink wants a 10-per-cent fare increase next year and a three-cent-per-litre hike to the gas tax as well. This is Waterfront SkyTrain station in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon.

The regional transportation body wants a 10-per-cent fare increase next year and a three-cent-per-litre hike to the gas tax as well.

Richmond Coun. Bill McNulty said TransLink “has got to deal with this issue.”

Read more at: http://www2.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=d4d8ef3f-cbb2-4ce3-922c-8853261372bb

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