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Transportation in Vancouver – A new tax for TransLink: What do you think?

24 Feb

I never like complex stuff and thus spend little to understand them.  I came across this article A new tax for TransLink: What do you think? in Vancouver Sun regarding the much-heated topic on transportation in Metro Vancouver.

The Vancouverites know it’s not pleasant to get around the city and surroundings.  Buses don’t come at frequent intervals enough, tolls are not acceptable and are taxing the poor, travelling is charged by zone rather than distance, pay parking is at a premium (street or parkade), and don’t even start on the ridiculous gas price, which can just jump 10% in two weeks.  Everything, and I do mean everything, is going UP – hydro bills, gas bills, MSP, ICBC rates, even your own phone bill and TV rates are increasing.

Hmmm, my salary jumps 6% (at best so far) in a year, and the government is saying that the inflation is under control.

 Anyway, I read the article, and I am surprised that the government wants to toll the roads and put more taxes on the average citizen ($1.60 avg/vehicle).  Other honourable mentions include:

 –          additional fuel tax

 –          new regional carbon tax

 –          property tax ($80 incr/hshd)

 –          new vehicle registration fee (flat fee/variable by emission/variable by proximity to transit)

–          benefiting area tax

–          regional sales tax

–          hotel tax ($10/room/night)

–          parking stall levy ($115/stall)

–          transit fare increases over/above the rate of inflation (33% suggested)

I think, instead of focusing on how much money/revenue can be raised in each and/or combination of these options, the government should focus on how affordability the transit really is in Metro Vancouver.  In a region like Vancouver, where population growth has been consistently increased for the past two or even three decades, and is expected to grow more, sensible and sustainable ideas must be explored in order for this area to remain livable.

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in life, local

 

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5 responses to “Transportation in Vancouver – A new tax for TransLink: What do you think?

  1. bobskoot

    February 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Benny:

    Translink is not an elected board and thus, should not have powers of taxation. They already tax us on our gas, but the Government puts the surplus into General Revenue, the same place they put the surplus from ICBC, yet they still increase our insurance rates.

    My plan would be to charge everyone in metro Vancouver $100.00 per year and give all of us FREE bus passes whether we use them or not

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

    PS: we have to book Victoria soon, check with Gary please

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    • Ben

      February 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Charging $100/person would help with the funding shortage, but probably not everyone is willing to pay.

      I will check with Gary to see what his plans are for the Victoria rally.

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  2. daniellehebert

    February 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Oh you remind me of the realities of Vancouver… (been away since 2010) But I think it is a Canadian reality… example :a pack of 4 Lithium AA batteries in Canada : $18.95 on Tiger Direct.ca. Same exact product on Tiger Direct USA : $4.95…

    Yes, I know batteries are not green, I just happened to find this by accident.

    We do need to stand up as a people and not just accept endless taxes upon taxes….

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    • Ben

      February 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Thank you for visiting. Yes, big differences in many items we buy everyday. However, gas prices is something that doesn’t seem to follow the demand/supply theory. We do need something that works; taxing people is not one of them.

      Still travelling with the faithful Beowulf?

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