Richmond is one of two Metro Vancouver cities that plan to vote against TransLink's proposed funding supplement to pay for transit projects like the Evergreen Line, saying the plan doesn't go far enough to ensure funding for the future.
The mayors of Burnaby and Richmond say they won't support the plan, which calls for a two cents-a-litre boost in the gas tax and a potential temporary property tax increase if other funding sources like road pricing or a vehicle levy can't be found. The plan goes to a vote by the regional mayors' council on Oct. 7.
TransLink is proposing to generate $70 million annually through the plan, to pay for its $400-million share of the Evergreen Line, along with express bus service in Surrey and along Highway 1 to Langley.
A 12-per-cent increase in transit fares is also proposed for 2013.