TransLink recently admitted that approximately 2.7 millions riders did not pay the applicable bus fares last year.
My 10-cent calculator shows that that works out to about 7,400 unpaid fares a day.
And yet Mayor Greg Moore of Port Coquitlam states on TV that he finds this falls into acceptable levels compared to other cities.
We donâ€™t live in other cities, we live here, and this loss of revenue has to be considered totally unacceptable.
And then he wants us to vote for a 0.5 per cent increase in the Provincial Sales Tax.
Considering an average fare of say $3 times 7,500 unpaid fares per day equals $22,500 per day, times 365 days per year equals $8,212,500 of unpaid fares a year.
Thatâ€™s a lot of money, and if there are more that 2.7 million unpaid fares, why would anyone pay? There is no penalty for non-payment.
Itâ€™s time TransLink started collecting that unpaid revenue.
Running a transportation company is not a hobby, it is there to provide a service, a service that should be paid for by all travellers.
Joe Schillier, Langley