Letters to the Editor

Long-term transit solutions needed

Editor: Why do we have to wait for a provincial election before getting to work on transit solutions for the Fraser Valley? Haven’t we waited long enough for a publicly elected, accountable TransLink board?

We need to stop misdirecting carbon tax revenue to general funds and put it into improving transit.

Municipal councils should consider reducing the TransLink 17-cent per litre gas tax. Excessive gas taxes are sending British Columbians to Washington State for cheaper fuel. This removes transportation tax dollars from our system and hurts local businesses.

Municipal politicians should also consider per-kilometre levies, rather than the zone-boundary levies being discussed, which could be collected when people renew their vehicle insurance.

And I think many of us would like to see municipal and provincial politicians work together to develop a light rail system for the Fraser Valley.

Shane Dyson,

Aldergrove

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