Posted January 05, 2020 10:53:15The TransLink Transit Authority’s transit funding proposal, which was published this week, has received widespread criticism.
In an attempt to save money, TransLink is proposing to add more buses to the system.
The idea has received significant pushback, including from transit advocates and a few members of the public.
The proposal includes several changes to the current system, which includes the expansion of buses and a new light rail line between downtown and the suburbs.
The agency said it would look at the changes to determine how much money would be needed to operate the system more efficiently, and how much could be saved by eliminating some of the older buses.
The agency did not address the question of whether the bus changes would be cost-effective or how long it would take to make the changes.
TransLink, a regional transit agency, has said it plans to spend about $1 billion over the next five years to upgrade its aging buses.
But that is only part of the funding package, and not all of it will be spent on bus upgrades.
There are also plans to add other new buses and upgrades to existing buses.
In response to the criticism, Translink said it was not surprised by the criticism.
“We’ve heard from a number of people who have concerns and they feel that we have a short list of things that need to be done,” TransLink Chief Operating Officer Dan Friesen said.
“But we’re confident that we can do those things in a timely manner and without having to sacrifice our ability to make bus service work.”
TransLink said it will provide a full and open public hearing on the proposed bus changes in early January.
It will also hold a public meeting on the issue at the beginning of February.
Translink has faced some backlash from transit users in the past.
A series of lawsuits, including a class action suit, sought to overturn the agency’s decision to add two buses to its existing fleet.
The Trans-Link board is expected to make a decision on the proposal next month.