How do you feel about privatized transit?
SFU political science professor
"I don’t think it is the way to go. We do public-private partnership models with the RAV line, but there is simply too much investment that is needed in public transit. You are not going to find the private sector stepping up on its own. It is going to require public investment as part of a strategy to get more people on to transit and out of cars."
Organizer, Bus Riders Union
"I would have to say that privatization is already happening and has been happening. One example is the Canada Line and the other is the fare increase, which is a form of privatization because it is an increase in user fees that puts the burden on bus riders to pay for our public transit service, instead of it being adequately funded so that everybody can access it."
Chief economist, Vancouver Board of Trade
"It is difficult, because you could not provide service to low-populated areas with a private system without causing some difficulty. If you want to move people into the transit system, you have to provide frequency at a fare that is reasonable. If you tried to service Maple Ridge with a private system, I think you would have some difficulty in doing that."
Executive director, Smart Growth B.C.
"Terrible. I think that is a bad idea.”¦The restructuring as it currently stands is problematic. Our board supports more public accountability and more public control over TransLink and transit and the links to land-use planning. We are cautiously waiting to see how it [Bill 43] works, but we wouldn’t support any privatization to transit or the planning authority."