It’s been almost six years since I championed Translink focusing on what I hear citizens talk about the most – getting value for money, ensuring fairness, and having proper safety checks in place.
I remember when I first championed the cause of faregates in 2006 saying they were necessary for both fairness and safety. Translink representatives shouted me down saying turnstiles were neither wanted nor were they efficient. Now due to public pressure they’re finally coming.
With recent whistleblowing from TransLink bus drivers saying more than 2.1 million riders did not pay their fares last year – that’s a good place to start for municipal and provincial leaders squabbling over who should pay the Translink bill. This fare evasion alone has cost more than $5-million a year, and it should be addressed before trying to ding taxpayers again. It’s a simple concept – stop the leaks in your pipes before paying to fix your roof.
Richmond First Councillor
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