Wait a minute, aren't we already paying for the roads we use? We pay gas tax and we pay transit tax. By this logic, why should drivers pay for transit tax if they are going to pay for a usage fee on the roads? It just doesn't make sense. Everyone gets the burden of paying transit taxes even the people who don't use transit. So why should they pay for the transit tax? What is the point of the gas tax or carbon tax if this usage fee is implemented? Instead of finding new ways to get money, I think Translink needs to find ways to manage that money. They keep wasting money yet complain about needing more money. They will always need more money as far as am concerned, even if they introduce another money making scheme. They will implement this road usage nonsense, then they will introduce another BS tax when they still need more money. Translink is like a bottomless pit.
There is no "transit tax" on top of the gas tax. The gas tax not only pays for transit, it pays for roads in Metro Vancouver as well.See: http://www.metrovanc...Jan11/MapB2.pdf
The carbon tax does not pay for anything.
TransLink has already found $139 million in efficiencies.
Money is needed now because there has been no significant infrastructure upgrades around Metro Vancouver for ~50 years. The last time significant money was spent on road infrastructure was during the freeway/highway/suburban craze in the post-war period. They all need to be upgraded/replaced now.
The population in Metro Vancouver was 790,741 in 1961. The population is now 2,313,328.
Would you suggest TransLink should be privatized then since private corporations always do things better...
Edited by Opmac, 26 November 2012 - 12:54 PM.