City Q4: 20 Questions for Langley City Council candidates

 

Ted Schaffer (for Mayor) – Road pricing could be a fair and equitable option for partial transit funding if the logistics and collection of fees does not exceed cost recovery.  

Paul Albrecht – No. The details of the funding formulas for transit in the lower mainland are unclear at best and in my opinion are not transparent to the taxpayers at all. I stated NO to the previous two questions because of this vagueness in how transit will be funded. If elected I would want to have this funding clearly understood, communicated and ensure that the City’s long term needs are met as soon as possible. The current governance and funding structure is flawed, the Mayors Council needs to be the decision and policy makers, with open public meetings and funding debates to ensure transparency and accountability to their respective communities. I want to be very clear I support the need, growth and development of responsible public transit. 

Dave Hall – Yes, Road pricing should happen in conjunction with bridge tolling but there has to be adequate rapid transit alternatives provided, especially south of the Fraser to get people out of their cars. There should also be significant frequent user discounts available to those that have no alternative transport options.

Miriam Marshall – Don’t know. I would need to review the proposed plan in depth, as it could result with those south of the Fraser still paying a disproportionate amount into the proverbial the pot, while receiving less service.  The plan would have to be equitable; otherwise, I would not be in support. 

Nathan Pachal – No. I believe road pricing should be used to fund roads. Road pricing lets people know how much they are paying for how much they drive. This will reduce congestion and save people money. I would support reducing gas tax if road pricing was introduced, but road pricing is under the control of the province. There is very little a Langley City Councillor could accomplish. 

Carla Robin – No, this type of pricing should be used to fund road construction and maintenance, not transit. Again, city councillors do not get to participate directly in these decisions, so other means of lobbying and influence would be required, starting with the mayor.

Val van den Broek – No – Most families are already trying to make ends meet. By adding road pricing already marginalized citizens will have a harder time getting around because they won’t be able to afford driving. 

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