Feb 4/08: The Light Rail Committee: Property Taxes Will Quadruple Over The Next Decade ...
A group calling itself the Light Rail Committee is calling on
Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon to resign.
They claim Falcon made misleading, politically-motivated statements
this past Friday.The group maintains the Minister's claims are not
supported by modern, global transportation knowledge.
Chairman Malcolm Johnston says Skytrain does not carry more people;
it's not faster and it costs more to operate than light rail. Johnston
adds, building light metro on transit routes that don't have ridership
to support the mode guarantees that property taxes will not only
double or triple but quadruple over the next decade.
Using figures from Translink's own reports, the LRC says the
percentage of people who use public transit has stagnated at about 12
percent. Therefore, the group maintains, it doesn't make sense to pour
money into the Skytrain pit.