Editor: Why are we involved with the GVRD? I think it is time for the two Langleys to opt out. We are helping to pay for the West Coast Express, the Canada and Millennium Lines, the Evergreen Line and now they are talking about a $3 billion underground line to UBC to service 50,000 people. We are not benefiting from any of this
Now Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts wants to service her city with rapid transit, and she is right. She stated “I can pretty much guarantee residents in other parts of the region aren’t going to want to pay for infrastructure south of the Fraser where they don’t live.”
We are also in that bind. We are paying for rapid transit everywhere but our two areas, with more to come. We are paying a gas tax, a property tax, plus the subsidies from the province.
TransLink wants to also enact a regional sales tax, a carbon tax, a road pricing tax and a vehicle levy which will hit the people who have to use their cars to get from point A to point B, such as all the citizens of the Langleys. I think it is time we joined the two Langleys into one city and go the way Abbottsford has gone.
They have a good transit system, and they do not have the taxes that we pay.
What is the value of participating in Metro Vancouver and TransLink? They are monstrosities, black hole money pits. They will never get it right.
Wake up Langley people. Stand up and say, enough of this.