Posted tagged ‘Evergreen Line’

Fare hike in, Evergreen Line out: Report

September 4, 2009

The Province

By Susan Lazaruk, Jack Keating and Ian Austin

Transportation commissioner will likely approve fare increase of three to 3 1/2 per cent

TransLink should forget about a deluxe proposal to dramatically expand rapid transit all over Metro Vancouver — including the long-awaited northeast Evergreen Line.

But it might get permission to hike fares by as much as 3.5 per cent next year.

Those were among Thursday’s rulings by regional transportation commissioner Martin Crilly in his review of TransLink’s 10-year plan for its Metro Vancouver operations. The plan contains four service and funding options, each with a different set of offerings and costs.

Crilly ruled against the “Cadillac” option for massive expansion — including Evergreen — because it calls for almost $500 million a year in revenue, $175 million of which TransLink has so far failed to find a source for, he said. TransLink also failed to provide enough detail for Crilly to determine if it could work, he said.

Coquitlam residents were angry that Crilly’s position might see the line delayed.

“I’m very disappointed that it could be postponed again,” said Gail Tabor, who has lived in the city for 20 years. “We would love to have the Evergreen Line. It would be a convenience for us.


Evergreen Line in danger without another $450 million per year, says TransLink

July 31, 2009

The Province

By Frank Luba

TransLink needs another $450 million in revenue annually or it won’t build the Evergreen Line — or add much other needed transportation.

The South Coast B.C. Transportation Authority believes it can only raise $275 million of that from its existing sources of revenue plus one it has tried and failed to institute before, a vehicle levy now called a Transportation Improvement Fee.

The range on that levy would be between $65 and $165, with an average of $122, and it would raise $150 million annually.

A further $175 million would have to come from new sources that would have to be approved the provincial government.

TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast identified a potential source of that cash Thursday as road pricing, which turns roads and bridges into a commodity with a value like cell phone costs.