– UBC professor doubts TransLink’s revenue projections

The Straight

TransLink predicts Canada Line surcharge windfall

By Matthew Burrows

Bill Rees

Bill Rees

Bill Rees, a professor in UBC’s school of community and regional planning, expressed skepticism about TransLink’s $55-million revenue projection from riders going to the airport.

“What I do know is that no airport transit line—either in Chicago or Melbourne or Sydney, or wherever they have these things—has ever come close to meeting its projected ridership,” Rees told the Straight. “So I don’t know why TransLink thinks this line is going to be any different. Perhaps it will be, but you know, most travellers who carry two or three bags aren’t going to use the damn thing.”

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