Translink bus drivers tally cost of transit inaction, demand leadership on coming referendum

Translink’s bus drivers’ union, CAW Local 111, is finally saying what many have been thinking: lack of political leadership may trigger a disastrous setback for transit riders in the province’s upcoming — and ill-advised — referendum on transit funding.

The outgunned and unresourced Translink Mayor’s Council is divided and angry over the referendum plan, which local mayors have opposed but Victoria is adamant will proceed. No coherent response has emerged to the province’s latest round of top-down decisions on how Translink should be funded.

As the drivers point out, service has been struggling to keep pace with demand and fares are set to rise. In the absence of clear leadership, commuters will not see any improvements for a very long time.