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Changes to Mayors' Council could put transportation plans, funding in danger: mayor

(Source: Surrey.ca)

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Saturday’s election results have thrown the future of transportation in the Metro Vancouver into doubt.

Several mayors on council either didn’t seek re-election or lost their seat, like council chair and former Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan.

Add that to the fact that Surrey’s new mayor, Doug MacCallum, is promising to scrap plans for Light Rail Transit in favour of SkyTrain.

Outgoing Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore hopes the new mayors follow through with the plans of the previous one, because funding could be at stake.

“The federal government and provincial government both said that our funding is for this LRT project. Period. It’s not for other projects, it’s not up for renegotiation,” he explains.

“And that’s specifically why they came out before the municipal election period to make the funding announcement in Surrey. If now Surrey doesn’t want those funds to go towards that project, I think the federal government would be quite happy to take them to other parts of the country.”

Moore says any changes could put all projects back by at least half a decade. Without naming names, he hopes the mayors pick a re-elected mayor to head the new council.

There are only five mayors that previously served still on TransLink’s Mayors’ Council.

“I hope that the new faces around the region get to know those five folks and will lean on them with some of their corporate history and their experience to lead these two big organizations going forward.”