February 19, 2015

Referendum: MLA Response – Vicki Huntington

Price Tags is asking every MLA in Metro Vancouver questions about the referendum.

Vicki Huntington, Independent MLA for Delta South

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How will you advise your constituents to vote on the Transportation & Transit Referendum?

At this moment I am not urging my constituents one way or the other and am advising the residents of South Delta to carefully consider the referendum question. My preliminary thoughts are that South Delta has good reason to be frustrated with TransLink and it is difficult to condone a new tax that brings very few tangible benefits to my riding. That being said I am sympathetic to the regional needs and am eager to hear the debate.

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What is the priority in the Mayors package (if any) for your riding?

There are few improvements to transit in Delta South. We are told there will be improved bus service along Highway 17 (which is confusing); improvements to the Ladner Exchange and Park & Ride; and small upgrades to the bus and HandyDart networks.

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How do you plan to participate in the referendum campaign?.

We will hold a town-hall meeting where concerns can be heard and questions addressed. I will assist in whatever way I can to ensure residents are able to make an informed decision.

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Any other comments?

.Many of our services have been cut over the last few years and South Delta is frustrated with Translink. The loss of key bus routes has isolated our seniors and the lack of accountability and apparent mismanagement are common complaints.

I think there are good reasons to support a ‘yes’ vote in other areas of the region, but in Delta the interest in voting ‘yes’ is not immediately obvious.

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  1. “Many of our services have been cut over the last few years and South Delta is frustrated with Translink. The loss of key bus routes has isolated our seniors and the lack of accountability and apparent mismanagement are common complaints.”

    This is kind of amazing. Translink responded to criticisms of “inefficiency” in 2012 and cut underperforming bus routes. Now those cuts are being used as an excuse not to fund Translink properly. What a mess.

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