Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Come, take my hand…
August 15th 2013, CTV News story by Jonathan Woodward: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/translink-nixed-9m-solution-for-double-charging-problem-1.1413423
“TransLink considered a second, much cheaper solution to avoid charging some users twice but decided to let the problem stand, CTV News has learned.
The transit authority previously acknowledged just one fix for $25 million, which would prevent riders from paying twice when they buy bus fares with cash then transfer to a SkyTrain, Canada Line or SeaBus.
COO Doug Kelsey confirmed Thursday there’s an alternative solution available for just $9 million, but said TransLink determined the price tag was still too steep to avoid inconveniencing the 6,000 people it estimates could be impacted daily.
“Even when you look at $9 million over 6,000 transactions, when you in fact have a solution – I’m a taxpayer too. That’s not in the taxpayers’ interest,” he said. “
Fast forward to todays news brought to you by the good people over at News1130: http://www.news1130.com/2013/08/21/translink-spending-100k-on-office-space-in-surrey/
TransLink is spending more than $100,000 a month on office space locked into a six-year lease in Surrey while it looks for a subtenant.
It comes after it decided to consolidate all of its offices into one building in New Westminster.
Jiana Ling with TransLink says they’re having trouble finding subtenants for a building near Gateway in Surrey. “It is the market right now. We are actively looking for a subtenant but the market in Surrey is a high vacancy rate.”
Here’s a question for Translink COO Doug Kelsey, who I really think should be stepping down right about now :
If it wasn’t in the taxpayers interest to pay $9 million dollars to fix a problem that actually would allow riders a seamless system….. is it in the taxpayers interest to move Translink offices – while locked into a costly, long term lease that costs $1oo,000 a month – and leave taxpayers holding the bag?
( I can’t wait to hear from Derek Zabel on this one…)