Mayors renew call for TransLink governance review

The Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation is urging the provincial government to move ahead with a promised review of TransLink’s governance structure.

In their election platform, the B.C. NDP said they would “work with Metro municipalities to develop a new TransLink governance model that provides the structure, the funding model and the certainty to make good transportation decisions to manage the system well …”

The mayors are holding the new government to that promise, resolving during an in camera meeting in July (the results of which were just released) that they would ask the province to announce that it will review the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act — which created TransLink — to consider governance changes.

TransLink is governed by a board of directors, which is considered the decision-making body for the transit authority, and the Mayors’ Council, which approves transportation plans and long-term strategies. The 11-member board is comprised of seven individuals appointed by the council, the council’s chair and vice-chair and up to two members appointed by the province.

“Really, it’s a holdover from the previous government and the previous issues where we had suggested some time ago that … frankly, the governance model at TransLink needed to have a majority of people around the table who were elected by the people,” Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, who is vice-chair of the Mayors’ Council and therefore on the board of directors, said of the resolution.

“It was always a request to reconsider the existing model to allow for a broader voice for elected officials.”

TransLink’s governance structure has been a long-standing issue for Metro Vancouver mayors.

The last time they called for a review was in 2015, following the failed transportation tax plebiscite. Metro Vancouver even struck a task force to consider alternative governance structures — including modelling transit like a …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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