Earlier this year, TransLink "revamped" its Web site and deleted access to all of its staff reports dating back several years.
These reports dealt with such things as Canada Line ridership forecasts, the price of installing turnstyles, the growth of the TransLink police force, and early predictions on the cost of the Golden Ears Bridge linking Pitt Meadows and Langley.
The disappearance of these staff reports hampered the ability of journalists and transportation researchers to dig into the archives and see what was said about major capital projects in the past.
When politicians would brag that the Canada Line or the Golden Ears Bridge came in on time and on budget, gullible media simply repeated these statements. They were unaware of what TransLink's own staff had written several years earlier about forecasted capital costs.
These staff reports and consultants' reports involved millions of dollars of work financed by property-tax payers, transit users, and motorists (through the TransLink fuel tax).
TransLink spokesperson Ken Hardie has informed me that these staff reports will return to the transportation authority's Web site by December 15. This is good news for people who care about our transportation system.
However, this comes after the opening of the Canada Line and the Golden Ears Bridge.
It comes after regional transportation commissioner Martin Crilly delivered an important report about TransLink's 10-year plan on August 31.
And it comes after comptroller general Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland completed her review of transportation governance models for TransLink and B.C. Ferries.
The TransLink staff reports will return to the Web site after the CEO who was ultimately responsible for this situation, Tom Prendergast, has quit and taken on a new job as the head of New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority.
What a coincidence.