A Canadian Press story featured in, among other places, The Globe and Mail:


Vancouver transit vote ‘case study’ in national transportation funding crisis


Experts say the transportation problems faced by the region’s mayors are emblematic of a dilemma for many big Canadian cities: crumbling infrastructure threatening to buckle under growing populations and no money to fix it.

“It’s a huge problem everywhere,” said Prof. Patrick Condon, chair of the urban design program at the University of British Columbia.

“At the same time, the costs of maintaining the infrastructure are increasing proportionately, the taxpayers’ ability and their willingness to pay for that increase is decreasing. The current plebiscite is very good case study of that problem.” …

“This is about the future of the region – how it’s going to be shaped,” said transportation expert Gordon Price, director of the city program at Simon Fraser University.

The transit champions say upgrades are crucial for accommodating an estimated influx of one million more residents into the Vancouver region over the next 30 years.

Opponents have vilified TransLink, the agency that operates the region’s transit system, as wasteful. …

“Municipalities don’t have that many options for funding, unfortunately, under our system,” said Brent Toderian, a global city planning consultant and former chief planner for Vancouver. …

“It definitely frightens me when I hear other parts of the country speak positively about the fact we’re having a referendum,” said Toderian.

“That perception doesn’t understand the politics of what’s been going on here.”

Price, the Simon Fraser University professor, said that if the plebiscite fails, it will deliver a “devastating” blow to the made-in-B.C. vision of “cities in a sea of green” that’s shaped the region for the past 40 years.

“If we’re not going to tax ourselves anymore for these collective goods that deliver services broadly across the community? That’s a different kind of Canada.”


If you like your irony obvious, then you’ll appreciate that the Globe story online comes with that little promo on the lower left:

Globe story


Ohrn adds his sardonic observation to this link:

As to who supports and funds the NO campaign, aimed at starving transit of any new funding, I leave it to you to surmise whose profits are maintained, and whose philosophies are served if the public denies this funding.  And who is watching carefully.