April 30, 2013
Commission Issues its 2012 Annual Report
Today the Commission published its Annual Report for the year 2012. The report records the Commission’s activities for the year including its finances. Since the Commission is responsible for holding TransLink to account, included is an opinion on whether TransLink operated according to its approved plan (called the 2012 Moving Forward Plan) during the year.
This is the last day of the 5-year term of Regional Transportation Commissioner Martin Crilly. In a radio interview with station CKNW, he responded to questions on his final report and gave his views on the governance structure of TransLink. Here is a recording of the 6-minute interview, courtesy of CKNW.
April 17, 2013
Commission Reports Opinion on TransLink’s 2013 Supplemental Plan: Mayors’ Council Approves Supplement
Today, at a public meeting of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation the Commissioner presented his opinion on TransLink’s proposed 2013 Supplemental Plan. In part, it removes an earlier-approved time-limited property tax increase, but without cutting transit services already in place. Here is:
During the April 17 meeting the Mayors’ Council approved the 2013 Supplement, which therefore becomes TransLink’s current 10-year strategic plan. Here is:
April 5, 2013
Commission Declines to Report on Transit Policing
In response to a motion of the Mayors’ Council which invited the Commission to report on the two-tier system of transit policing, in a letter to the Council’s Chair, the Commissioner declined the invitation, giving reasons.
March 28, 2013
TransLink Issues its 2012 Statutory Annual Report
The 2012 Statutory Annual Report is required by law. The Commission is to review it and give its opinion by the end of April 2013 as to whether or not TransLink operated in 2012 according to its applicable Strategic Plan (in this case, the 2012 Moving Forward Plan) and related plans.
March 19, 2013
TransLink Proposes 2013 Supplemental Plan
Today the Commission received from TransLink a 2013 Supplemental Plan. In part, it responds to a request of the Mayors’ Council made by resolution on October 18, 2012. A central feature of that request was to remove the two-year time-limited property tax (for 2013 and 2014) that was approved in 2011 through the 2012 Moving Forward Plan.
The Commissioner has 30 days to review the Plan and to report on the reasonableness of its parameters and assumptions.
February 15, 2013
Commissioner Speaks to Vancouver Board of Trade Committee
The Commissioner addressed the Regional Transportation Committee of the Vancouver Board of Trade today. Here is the handout for his remarks.
February 1, 2013
TransLink Found On Track To Meet Cost-Saving Challenge
The commission has found that TransLink is on track to meet the Commission’s challenge to save $40 - $60 million in costs in the period 2013-2015, and will do so provided it stays the course.
The Commission’s 3-page Report Card on TransLink’s Efficiency gives the results of an examination, conducted in December 2012, of TransLink’s response in meeting the cost-saving challenge set by the Commission on April 11, 2012.
In a Commission Memorandum 12 which includes the Report Card, dated January 11 and addressed to the Mayors’ Council and TransLink, the Commissioner also flags two decisions of TransLink, one already made and one possible in the near future, to draw less revenue than it might from fare-payers and tax-payers. He makes observations about the overall state-of-play in TransLink’s finances and services, and points to implications for the future.
Also published today is a 37-page consultant’s report titled Progress Report on TransLink Efficiency Review dated December 2012, which is the main information source for the Report Card.
February 1, 2013
Technical Report on 2013 Base Plan Released
Today the Commissioner making public the 66-page technical report titled Review of TransLink’s 2013 Base Plan dated November 2012, which supported his opinion on the reasonableness of TransLink’s 2013 Base Plan and Outlook previously published on December 5, 2012.