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As public transit ridership soars, Translink anticipates drastic service cuts


Awesome. Two stories that the Vancouver Sun doesn't bother to draw a link between:


1) HST plan effectively cuts Translink budget by $57 million, forcing drastic service cuts

Elimination of parking tax could result in drastic service cuts to Metro Vancouver commuters. 


2) Public transit demand to soar, requiring government action to ensure viability

Public transit ridership will nearly double over the next three decades requiring comprehensive national planning to support economic growth and an aging population, says a study released Friday. 


"The costs of providing transit services are rising inexorably. Pressures on government finances are leading to higher transit fares, which in turn reduce the competitiveness of transit as the most significant alternative to car use in our cities."