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Cost of TransLink bus routes highest in South Delta
South Delta has Metro Vancouver's worst bus service, according to TransLink's own performance review.
Each passenger costs $2.67 in Ladner and Tsawwassen in a route performance chart that based the cost of operating the buses on a per passenger rate.
The most efficient service exists in Vancouver and the University of British Columbia, with a cost of just $1.08 per passenger.
In fact, most other regions serviced by TransLink, including Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, North Vancouver, North Delta, Surrey, Langley, and White Rock, are comparatively cheap, ranging from $1.58 to $1.87 per passenger.
Only Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows comes close to South Delta, at $2.13 per passenger.
The news may reinforce Mayor Lois Jackson's previous comments about TransLink being too costly for Delta. In February at a council meeting she said that Delta receives poor return for its investment.
Using calculations based on property taxes and gas taxes, which are redirected to TransLink, Jackson estimated Delta residents pay $39 million a year for transit. The amount comes to $394.50 per capita.
But the annual bus performance review notes costs in South Delta have actually declined 1.8 per cent from last year, and 25.4 per cent over the past four years.
"While transit services in the South Delta area are the lowest performing services in the system on all key performance metrics, those services have also seen significant improvement over the last four years," states the review.
TransLink says South Delta's bus service routes—which includes the C84 and C89 buses in Tsawwassen and the 606 and C88 buses in Ladner and River Road—are poor performers mainly due to the fact the areas have low population density and are primarily car-oriented.