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.
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...
All am seeing is constructions all over the road. And I've seen too many lazy construction workers for my liking. I think the money is just not being utilized effectively but that is true for all government jobs. All the jobs that have unions are being taken for granted and thats why we have bunch of lazy bum workers twiddling their thumb and doing nothing for significant salary. We would probably use 1/100th of the budget if we started hiring workers from other countries to do the job. The quality of labor is down yet their salary have skyrocketed to undeserved rates. Fact of the matter is that Translink has already milked enough money from the public to introduce other ways of getting money. Maybe if they didn't waste money on building those fare gates, they would've already had the money to do road upgrades etc. Their budgeting just plain sucks and they keep wasting money on things that aren't necessities.