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TransLink Needs Reorganization, Says Delta Mayor

09/26/2013 02:49 EDT | Updated 11/26/2013 05:12 EST
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Metro Vancouver's mayors are meeting with B.C.'s Transportation Minister Todd Stone today, and the issue of TransLink funding is expected to be at the top of the agenda.

But Delta Mayor Lois Jackson says funding isn't the only problem at TransLink. She says some major changes need to be made to the way the regional transit authority is organized.

"TransLink, as I understand, has nine different boards. I mean that's just terrible, and I don't think they're all talking to each other," says Jackson.

"The meetings are closed. I don't know what's going on there half the time. And yet that's taxpayer's money, big time."

She says, in terms of funding, she agrees with Premier Christy Clark that a referendum is the way to sort it out. During the May provincial election Clark promised to put a new funding formula to a referendum during the 2014 civic elections.

But Jackson says individual projects like the bridge the province has promised to replace the aging George Massey Tunnel, should not be put to referendums because they pit regional interest against each other.

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