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  NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release

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April 26, 2007

Ministry of Transportation

 

LEGISLATION TO MAKE TRANSLINK MORE ACCOUNTABLE

 


VANCOUVER – The Province is moving forward with legislation to reorganize the current TransLink governance and funding structure, based on recommendations by the TransLink Review Panel, announced Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon today.

 

“We were told that changes needed to be made to ensure the long-term viability and effectiveness of TransLink,” said Falcon. “That’s why we are introducing legislation that will provide TransLink with an improved governance and funding model, ensuring that dollars are there for future transportation projects that will benefit all Lower Mainland residents.”

 

In 2006, a three-person independent panel was established to review the existing TransLink structure, seek input from the public and stakeholders and submit recommendations on how to proceed in the future. The TransLink Review Panel received more than 120 written submissions from the public and held more than 30 meetings with stakeholders. The legislation will implement the majority of the recommendations made by the TransLink Review Panel. 

 

The conclusion reached by the panel was that the current TransLink model is no longer effective as it stands. The panel recommended that the government update the TransLink structure to meet the growing and more complex transportation needs of the future.

 

The government will now be moving forward with legislation to make significant changes the governance and funding structure, by introducing Bill 36, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Amendment Act, 2007.

 

“A sustainable funding framework and revamped governance structure will be implemented,” said Falcon. “The new structure will restore public confidence and accountability, and provide TransLink with the revenue stream necessary to achieve its strategic goals.”

 

The new TransLink governance and funding structure will enable the construction of the Evergreen Line, expansion of the current Skytrain system, and the re-establishment of efficient transit service for communities along the Highway One corridor and across the Port Mann Bridge.


 

In March of this year, the Province released the panel’s findings to the public. TransLink Governance Review – An independent review of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority is available on the Internet at www.th.gov.bc.ca/translinkreview.

 

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