VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A provincial audit of TransLink can only lead to worse bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus service, according to a transit union.
Don Macleod with the Canadian Auto Workers Local 111 says you can’t cut your way to better service; he tells us the system is already over-crowded.
“We have pass-ups now; we don’t have adequate… evening service and night services. Forty-one million out of buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus… out of maintenance and drivers? That means less service on the roads. So, that’s what’s going to happen unless we see a change in direction,” he tells us.
He feels there’s a major flaw with all these audits. “Nobody’s talked to any drivers or mechanics with Coast Mountain Bus company. So, this does not reflect reality out there.”
MacLeod adds the folks who are writing these expensive audits haven’t even been close to the ground level. “The workshop areas, the depot areas, where the service is actually delivered from.”
“The attack continues on squeezing the system and cutting service… and eventually driving people back to their cars when we should be doing totally the opposite.”
One of the audit’s suggestions include saving at least $5 million by reducing Transit Police and security to pre-Olympic levels.