Every year, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation celebrates the "best of the worst in government waste" with its Teddy Waste Awards.
Well, the tax-hating organization has announced the results of its 16th annual Teddy awards, and TransLink is one of the big "winners".
Metro Vancouver's regional transportation authority took home the prize in the local government category for its new South Surrey park and ride lot.
Here's what the CTF says:
Vancouver’s accident and waste-prone regional transit authority (TransLink) stepped in it once again this past year, shelling out $4.5 million for a parking lot with a $2 toll that nobody ever uses. The CBC was able to identify a single user who chose the pricey lot because he knows his vehicle “will never get scratched.”
The new South Surrey park and ride lot opened in November, adding 367 new parking stalls to the facility.
(Update [10:46 a.m.]: As the first comment on this post notes, TransLink didn't pay for the lot. Actually, the B.C. government did. So, perhaps TransLink should share the Teddy with the province.)
Federally, this year's Teddy went to Employment and Social Development Canada for the proposed Canada Jobs Grant.
The Senate of Canada received a lifetime achievement award for obvious reasons.