US mayors nervously voted on Thursday for progress on work on planning and business in the case of the Syrian-Langley Skytrain line, despite concerns whether it makes sense to continue with the line that there is only half of the funding required.
The Mayor of Surrey, Doug McCallum, in a rare move at the meeting of the mayors of the transit authority region, used an unusual tactic of weighted voting – in which the vote is calculated not only by direct counting of the 23 council members but by the basis of relative populations in each city – to block efforts by other mayors to add preliminary to the team work plan.
He received support from Vancouver, Delta, and the city of Langley Heads to do it, and that was enough to tie and defeat the efforts of other mayors.
Mayors, West Vancouver, Pete Madoz, Belcarra and Anmore all expressed concerns about diving ahead with the project when it is unclear how much it could be built for $ 1.6 billion approved To the canceled light rail line.
Mr. MacAlum says any line can be built for this amount, but the TransLink team say it's unlikely.
"We need to identify where the money will go for beyond $ 1.6 billion before we approve anything," said Doug Little of North Vancouver County.
But Translink's chair and vice chairman, Jonathan Kot of the University of New Westminster and Pras County of Langley Town, stressed that Translink will always have to figure out where it will get the money for phase 3 of the 10-year public transit plan.
Sari was to receive a total of $ 3.5 billion in total funding of a $ 7.5 billion program, which pledged money from all three levels of government only in the first two stages.
Many have made the irritation simple since Mr McCallum's decision after being elected in October until the end of the planning and consensus years. These mayors said on Thursday they wanted a pledge from Sari that she would pay back the $ 56 million spent preparing to build the light rail project.
And some of them asked if the residents of Surrey really supported the sudden change in the transition plans.
Mr. McCallum insisted.
"I can assure you the citizens of Surrey support in crushing numbers SkyTrain.The other parties fought for the light rail.The results of the election is a referendum what kind of system residents of Surrey want," he said.
Mr. MacAlum was elected with 41% of the vote cast in Sari last October, but the low voter turnout means only 13.5% of eligible voters supported him.
Voting means transportation agency will proceed with spending $ 20 million and 15 months to investigate the design and construction problems for the line as well as develop the business plan needed to get the federal government and counties to pass the money they have committed to the previously approved light rail line.
TransLink also suspend the plans it had run a fast bus along the Fraser road starting next September, since it could only run for three years before the construction of the SkyTrain line began.
Mr. MacAlum goes on to say that the 16 kilometer line can be built for $ 1.6 billion already in hand.
But Mr Coté said it was unlikely that the line could go much further than Fleetwood or Clayton Heights neighborhoods on the eastern side of the Syrian.
Transmink CEO Kevin Desmond said employees were adhering to the $ 2.9 billion preliminary estimate.
He noted that the Evergreen Line, a 11-kilometer line built for $ 1.4 billion, received construction proposals more than five years ago, at a time when construction costs were much lower.
Thursday's vote still does not mean mayors have confirmed the new line, only because they have an authorized team to go ahead and do planning work.