Independent Review Set For BC Transit
Mar 19, 2012
(News Release) VICTORIA — Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Blair Lekstrom has selected three people with expertise in finance, transit, and municipal affairs to conduct an independent review of BC Transit.
Lekstrom called for an independent review after listening to the concerns of some mayors and other locally elected officials about BC Transit’s performance and operations. The minister welcomes the opportunity to support the communities’ efforts to improve transit services.
Local governments identified representatives of the Regional District of Nanaimo and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to work with the ministry to develop the terms of reference and identify potential panel members.
The three panel members are Chris Trumpy, Catherine Holt, and John King. Trumpy will chair the panel.
“BC Transit provides good transit service, although there is always room to improve," says Lekstrom. "I have selected a knowledgeable and experienced panel that will examine the issues and provide recommendations. I am looking forward to receiving their report ... I am optimistic the independent BC Transit Review will help make transit even better.”
Over the next several months, the panel members will be seeking input from local governments and BC Transit. The panel will be focusing on the following:
- Operations and performance: examining the efficiency and effectiveness of transit services.
- Governance: examining the existing structure, processes and policies in place for BC Transit, as well as the Capital Regional District’s request that the regional district perform the functions of the Victoria Regional Transit Commission.
- Funding relationships between BC Transit and local governments: examining the processes for capital planning, budgeting, and operating expenditures and how transit service is allocated, priorities set, charges imposed, and expenditures monitored. Increases to provincial and local government funding will not be included in the review.
- Communications and consultation between BC Transit and local governments.
The panel will submit a report to government by the end of August. The province will ensure the report is available to the public and will consider all recommendations.
“This independent review of BC Transit will address many of the issues mayors have been talking about," says Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard. "For me, I’m particularly interested in seeing the review examine the Capital Regional District replacing the Victoria Regional Transit Commission.”
BC Transit is the provincial Crown corporation responsible for coordinating transit service with local government funding partners in over 50 communities in British Columbia, outside of Metro Vancouver. It transported more than 51.2 million passengers in 2010-11.
The independent review will not include Metro Vancouver transit service.