Saturday, April 21, 2012

TransLink officials should be fired

Here are 3 of the many reasons that TransLink officials should be fired from the "jobs they do".
  1. Due to its inability to manage finances in a market where it has no competition, TransLink must make up for a $30 million shortfall by leaving 2 busy SkyTrain stations without turnstiles, one of them Metrotown Station which is the busiest in Burnaby.
  2. The turnstiles will not ensure that all riders will be paying for their ride because the turnstile gates are the paddle type which can be circumvented by people athletic enough to go over and under them.  Great.  Our TransLink decision-makers opted for a flawed system of fare collection to overcome its original decision to have a flawed honour system of fare collection when there have been fare gates that prevent circumvention for decades in places that probably weren't consulted.  I wonder how much they got paid to make such a bad decision?
  3. I just heard that Brentwood Station will have 3 new turnstiles built into one of the fastest growing areas of not only Burnaby, but Metro Vancouver.  It has been long known that Brentwood is projected to be a major residential/commercial and transportation hub in Metro Vancouver and TransLink is putting in only 3 turnstiles into a station that will sit next to an expanded Brentwood Mall accompanied by at least 10 new residential high-rise towers within 100 metres in the next 5 years in addition to the existing high-rises in the area.
TransLink Officials receive lucrative salaries to make decisions that reflect complete incompetence.  They must be fired for their inability to run a business in which they have no competition.


  1. It’s actually a nice and useful piece of post. I am glad that you simply shared this with us. Thanks!

  2. The fare gates project was rammed through by Kevin Falcon (not Translink) despite a projected negative cost-benefit in the first place. And, the last thing we need are Tijuana-border style floor-to-ceiling turnstiles to ugly up our stations - paddles probably cost less at least.

  3. Pretty sure 3 turnstiles aren't going to be enough for this expanding area. One of the biggest question that I have is, are they [translink] going to update the bus pass system in order to accommodate these turnstiles? Imho, The upass and monthly bus passes are nothing but a piece of paper. Lastly, I really appreciate your posts, keeps us updated about the neighborhood!