Lowland Mayors voted unfounded on Thursday to move on work on the design and business case for the Surrey-to-Langley SkyTrain line, despite concerns about whether it makes sense to go ahead with a line that only half of the funding is needed.
In a rare position at the regional mayor's authority on the transit authority, Surgery Mayor Doug McCallum used tactics that were often used to have a weighted ballot – where the vote is calculated not only by A direct count of the 23 members of the council but based on relative populations in each city – to stop attempts from other councilors to add applications to the staff work plan.
It was supported by Vancouver, Delta and Dinas Langley councilors to do that, which was enough to tie and beat efforts from other councilors.
Attendees and council representatives from the City and District of North Vancouver, Richmond, West Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Belcarra and Anmore have expressed concerns about moving forward a project when it is not clear how much it can be built for the $ 1.6 billion approved for the light line line that can now be canceled.
Mr McCallum says that the whole line can be built for that amount, but TransLink staff say that is unlikely.
"We need to note where the money will come for an amount beyond $ 1.6 billion available before we approve anything," said Doug Little of the North Vancouver Region.
But the chairman and vice chair of TransLink, Jonathan Coté of New Westminster and Jack Froese from the Towns of Langley emphasized that TransLink would always have to state how he would go to get the money for Stage 3 of 10 year plan of way.
Surrey had a total of £ 3.5 billion of the $ 7.5 billion scheme, which has only made money from all three government levels for the first two stages.
Many have broken their party since Mr McCallum's decision after his election in October to the end of the years of planning and consensus. Those councilors said on Thursday they wanted a surrey commitment that he would pay after the $ 56 million that was prepared to build the light rail project.
And some questioned whether Surrey residents support the sudden change in cross plans.
Mr. insisted McCallum said they were doing that.
"I can assure you that the citizens of Surrey support are overwhelming numbers of SkyTrain. The other parties campaigned on a light line. The election results are a referendum on what type of system the residents of Surrey want," he said.
Mr McCallum was elected with 41 per cent of the votes cast in Surrey last October, but only 13.5 per cent of eligible voters who support him is the low election election.
The temporary agency voting means that it will move forward with spending $ 20 million and 15 months to explore the design and construction issues for the line, as well as the development of the business plan that It is necessary to have the federal and provincial governments to change the money they have committed to the previously approved light line line.
TransLink will also stop the plans that it has to run a fast bus along Fraser Highway starting next September, as the construction will start for the SkyTrain line only for three years.
Mr McCallum continues to say that the 16-kilometer line can be built for the $ 1.6 billion already in operation.
But Mr. Cotton it is unlikely that the line can go beyond the Fleetwood or Clayton Heights neighborhoods on the eastern side of Surrey.
TransLink Chief Executive Kevin Desmond said staff adhere to the earlier estimate that it will cost $ 2.9 billion.
He noted that the Evergreen Line, a 11-kilometer line built for $ 1.4 billion, had had dedicated construction bids more than five years ago, at a time when construction costs were significantly lower.
A Thursday vote does not mean that councilors have approved the new line, they have only authorized staff to go on and carry out planning.