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Independent review of B.C. Transit ordered

November 4th, 2011

Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom has ordered an independent review of B.C. Transit after mayors across the province expressed concern about governance, funding and communication with the transportation agency.

“We are initiating an independent review of B.C. Transit in co-operation with our local governments around the province,” Lekstrom said Wednesday. “It is something they asked for. I think they have raised some very good points.”

About 40 politicians from around the province told Lekstrom last month they are unhappy with the way B.C. Transit is run, funded and communicates with communities.

Some gave examples of Transit buying land without consultation, while others mentioned steep hikes to fees after budgets were already set by local councils.

The independent review won’t begin until after municipal elections on Nov. 19, and no timeline for completion was given. More flexibility for local governments to allocate gas tax revenue is not part of the review, Lekstrom said.

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