Lekstrom blames Mayors for lack of action on Evergreen Line

Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom levelled a broadside at the Translink Mayor’s Council during Legislature debate yesterday, blaming municipal leaders for lack of progress on the Evergreen Line.

This will no doubt complicate efforts by Mayor’s Council Chair Richard Walton, of the District of North Vancouver, to get a negotiated deal on future Translink funding.

With the provincial government now imposing closure to shut down the house, the chances of a legislative change to actually give Translink new funding tools has evaporated. The Mayors remain unanimous in their determination not to fund transit capital expenditures through the property tax.

Message to transit riders: relief not yet in sight.