The regionâ€™s mayors have what they wished for: they wanted more influence over TransLink, and they got it. Now the public will hold them accountable for TransLink.
Fare hikes, asset sales, complaint oversight, executive salaries, strategic planning, and recommendations for new taxes are now firmly in the mayorsâ€™ control. Itâ€™s up to them to walk their big talk on TransLink.
The mayorsâ€™ first order of business should be slashing executive salaries. TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis is the highest-salaried local government employee in B.C., at $394,730. He makes $88,000 more than his counterpart in
Toronto, $97,000 more than Montrealâ€™s CAO, $203,000 more than King Countyâ€™s boss, and $166,000 more than Portlandâ€™s transit head. Before thereâ€™s any talk of squeezing taxpayers for more dollars, executive pay, inefficiencies, and TransLink management fiefdoms must be addressed.
Jordan Bateman, Langley (Canadian Taxpayers Federation)