TransLink has announced a series of money-saving moves, including the elimination of free travel on Sunday and holidays for family members of monthly pass holders.
Last year, TransLink spokesperson Ken Hardie told the Straight that when fare gates would be introduced at SkyTrain and Canada Line stations this year, those with adult monthly fare cards would still be able to bring along a spouse and up to four children under 13.
“All we can tell you right now is that the offering will still be there,” Hardie promised at the time. “How it will work—at this point, we don’t have that detail for you.”
Today, however, TransLink's executive vice president, Bob Paddon, announced in a news release that the board of directors has decided to eliminate this benefit on January 1.
This and other changes are designed to make the system "more equitable", TransLink stated.
In addition, TransLink is scrapping the employer pass program on January 1. It offers a 15 percent discount to workers who make a 12-month commitment to buy monthly transit passes.
FareSaver tickets are also going to be phased out next year, with discounts becoming available through a "stored value option" on the new Compass Cards.
The West Coast Express's seven-day pass and 28-day pass are also on the chopping block, effective January 1.
Passengers who want to take a bicycle on the West Coast Express will no longer have to pay a $1 fee.
"We took a good hard look at our programs to determine which ones still make sense," Paddon said in the news release. "We found some programs benefited a select few people and companies."
The news release made no mention of any salary rollbacks at TransLink.
TransLink's most recent statement of financial information reveals that 59 of the 169 constables on the transportation authority's police force earned more than $100,000 in 2011.
Meanwhile, TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis was paid $382,954 in 2011. Six other executives, including Paddon, collected more than $240,000 in annual compensation.
Last year, TransLink generated $1.42 billion in revenue and reported $1.43 billion in expenditures.