2015 Transit Referendum · TransLink

Referendum Myths: A ‘No’ vote is a vote against TransLink

At this point in the Metro Vancouver transportation plebiscite, the biggest myth is that by voting ‘no’ you’re voting for a reform of TransLink’s governance structure. Plain and simple, that is wrong. If you vote ‘no’, you’re voting against the proposed tax. Nothing more. The actual question posed to voters is Do you support a… Continue reading Referendum Myths: A ‘No’ vote is a vote against TransLink

2015 Transit Referendum · New Westminster · TransLink · Transportation

Referendum Facts: The Pattullo Bridge

No matter what happens in the upcoming Metro Vancouver transportation referendum, the Pattullo Bridge will be replaced, and it will be tolled. The Pattullo Bridge went into service in 1937. It was constructed to the standards of the time, which means that today it is too narrow, it’s dangerous, and if an earthquake hits it’s… Continue reading Referendum Facts: The Pattullo Bridge

2015 Transit Referendum · TransLink

On the firing of TransLink’s CEO

Yesterday TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis was pushed aside. This was widely seen as a surprise move, one that is supposed to “restore confidence” in TransLink’s leadership. The timing is a little suspicious as it comes smack in the middle of Metro Vancouver’s campaign surrounding a 0.5% increase to the PST to pay for a number… Continue reading On the firing of TransLink’s CEO

2015 Transit Referendum · Facepalms

Yet another way the CTF is wrong

The Canadian Taxpayers Foundation continues to say that the proposed 0.5% Congestion Improvement Tax will result in an average household tax increase of $258. This number is wrong. Plain and simple, it is wrong. I’ve shown this before [here] and here], but I just found a third way to show that they’re wrong. Back in… Continue reading Yet another way the CTF is wrong

2015 Transit Referendum

Referendum Questions: What will it cost?

Update: I forgot a couple of bills that I paid in January. Please see my update below for new numbers! One of the questions surrounding the Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax is how much it will cost the average household in Metro Vancouver. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says $258 a year, and the Better Transit… Continue reading Referendum Questions: What will it cost?

2015 Transit Referendum · TransLink

Referendum Myths: “It’ll cost you $258 a year”

The biggest myth being perpetuated by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is that it will cost every Metro Vancouver household $258 every year in new taxes. That is completely incorrect, and here’s why. First, the CTF’s math. The 0.5% Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax (which I’ll shorten to CIT from now on) will generate roughly $250… Continue reading Referendum Myths: “It’ll cost you $258 a year”

2015 Transit Referendum

“That’s pretty weak, Jordan.”

I was on CKNW on Tuesday talking about “waste” at TransLink, prompted by my post poking holes in the “TransLink is extremely wasteful” myth. Personally I think the interview got a little side-tracked (I was expecting to talk more about the “waste” than general TransLink issues), but people have told me that I did a… Continue reading “That’s pretty weak, Jordan.”

2015 Transit Referendum · TransLink

Referendum Myths: “TransLink is Wasteful”

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation released its “No TransLink Tax” platform today, and their second major point is “TranLink is an extremely wasteful organization”. As proof, they offer these six “high waste” examples: TransLink doesn’t just have one board of directors, it has six – at a cost of $751,589 in annual salary. And after TransLink’s… Continue reading Referendum Myths: “TransLink is Wasteful”