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Referendum Myths: TransLink Inefficiency

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Daryl is a Prince among bloggers. He is supposed to be on holiday but he posts this take down of the CTF and the NO sides empty blather. He invites us to share his thoughts and I am pleased to reblog this. Not something that has happened very often on this blog

Daryl's take and more

Let’s talk about TransLink and Inefficiency.

But first, I’m going to have to call into question whether we really know what “efficiency” is.

The big supporters of the “No TransLink Tax” campaign for the upcoming transit referendum have always relied on (and continue to establish) a perception that TransLink needs to improve its efficiency game. I think we’ve pretty much heard all the insults: TransLink is unaccountable, inefficient, doesn’t make good use of taxpayers’ money – and with every time we hear it from them, some sort of particular example is attached of money not being used as well as it could be.

(CTF gives TransLink waste award search result) - Look what I found on the news today! But, is anyone really surprised at this point? I'm not. Look what I found on the news today! Is anyone really surprised at this point, though? Anyone?

The “No” campaign relies on many of these small-scale examples to feed their perception and drive their agenda. They can be real or manufactured: the examples may vary from a small TransLink…

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Written by Stephen Rees

March 5, 2015 at 7:07 pm

Posted in Transportation

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  1. Daryl does a great job, unfortunately the average naysayer doesn’t read your post.

    As for the Yes coalition, they are beyond hopeless.
    It is obvious that they don’t know much about transit; they are publishing tables of figures that do not mean much to anyone and aren’t carved in stone.

    These figures reminds me the articles a revolutionary pill or treatment that can reduce by X% the chance of getting this or that disease, but we are never told all the figures;
    Often it turns out that the patient is cured then dies of the side effects.

    Robertson and all give me the impression that they find talking to the common people so very distasteful…

    If Daryl is indeed studying Transit in Tokyo….he might find that driverless LRT are not the greatest thing in the world and the cure for all evils….
    They also have tramways in Tokyo:

    The Arakawa tram looks like a toy but it intersects the JR Yamanote loop line around Tokyo (3.5 million trips A DAY) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1c/JRE-E231-500-for-JRyamanote-line.jpg
    and also the The Nippori-Toneri Liner (automated elevated line)
    http://oken.c.blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/_107/oken/nippori_toneri_liner3.jpg?c=a0

    There are also monorails:

    and water buses:.

    Red frog

    March 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm


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