Originally Posted by WarrenC12
The rest should be made up in gas taxes. That taxes the amount people actually travel, as opposed to a blanket flat vehicle levy.
Property taxes are already high enough in Metro Vancouver.
Where do other transit systems get their funding? Like Portland, Seattle, Toronto, NYC even? Without comparisons, it's tough to point fingers and come up with answers. Something tells me Translink wouldn't be very efficient compared to other organizations.
Agreed about the property taxes. A gas tax, congestion pricing or tolls on existing bridges would be better than a vehicle levy. Tolls or congestion could be places on bridges where there is a new rapid transit line opening. For example, the Oak, Arthur Lang [sp] and Knight when the Canada Line opens. This both gives people options to driving and increases ridership and revenue on the rapid transit line. Unfortunately, the province needs to give TransLink the authority to charge congestion pricing, tolls or increase the gas tax. TransLink does have the power to charge a vehicle levy.
Funding is a problem in all transit agencies. Many around North America are having to cut back on services due to revenue decreases caused by the recession. Regions and cities in the states often have better sources of revenues than cities here. Many can use sales taxes to fund transportation projects. In Seattle, the voters approved sales tax increases to fund light rail expansion.
For better or for worse here, it is the Province that has all the power here.