Here is a complete list of the Commission’s formal rulings, approvals and opinions, with links to published documents in pdf files.
They are grouped below under three categories (scroll down to find them):
Within each category, the items are in date order, most recent first.
(A) Opinions on the Reasonableness of TransLink’s 10-Year Plans
Each year, the Commission reports on the reasonableness of the assumptions and parameters of TransLink’s rolling 10-year transportation and financing plan. It also reports on TransLink’s Supplemental Plans, which may be issued at any time You will find TransLink’s 10-Year Plan documents through the TransLink Documents page.
(B) Annual Opinions on whether TransLink Operated to Plan in the Past Year
Each year, the Commission’s Annual Report to the Mayors’ Council includes an opinion which looks back to determine whether TransLink’s operations were in accordance with its plans for the past year. This is important because funding decisions made by the Council rest on the credibility of TransLink’s planning, and its follow-through on implementing those plans:-
(C) Occasional Rulings and Approvals
- Rejection of Application for a Supplementary Fare Increase. On April 11, 2012, the commission announced its decision to reject TransLink’s application for a supplementary fare increase in January 2013. This meant that there would be no price increase in January 2013 for 1- 2- and 3-zone adult FareSaver ticket books (last increased April 1, 2010). But increases in other types of fare, including cash fares (last increased in January, 2008), should still be expected because by law TransLink is allowed a basic increase of 2% per year without any approval. Here is:
The commission simultaneously released its 103-page Efficiency Review of TransLink. The Review identifies potential cost saving measures. Based on this, the commission challenges TransLink to achieve specific dollar savings targets in the coming 3 years, and also in the ten-year time frame. Here is:
- Sale of four properties of over $10 million each. Commission Memorandum 4, dated March 22, 2010, states that for real estate assets only, properties with a market value of $10 million or more should be considered “major” assets for the purposes of section 226 of the SCBCTA Act. This section of the Act allows the Commission to block the sale if he determines that it would have a material adverse impact on TransLink’s ability to meet its strategic plan. The gives notice that the Commission will not be objecting to the sale of four specific major real estate assets.
- FareSaver Ticket Prices. Order 10-01, dated January 27 2010, approves increases in the price of FareSaver tickets (sold in books of 10), but rejects TransLink’s application for faster-than-2%-per-year increases in the years 2013, 2016 and 2019. Cash fares will be unchanged in 2010, but there will be increases in monthly FareCard prices (which are not regulated by the Commission) in 2010. For background, see the page FareSaver Increase on this site.
- YVR Add Fare (2). Order 09-02, dated December 23 2009, approves a $5.00 one-way eastbound only Add Fare on cash/credit card fares payable at the three Canada Line stations on Sea Island, home to Vancouver International Airport and the Burkeville neighbourhood. For background, see the page YVR Add Fare on this site.
- Albion Ferry. With the opening of the Golden Ears Bridge, Memorandum 2, dated June 26 2009, notifies TransLink that the Commissioner has no objection to the sale of Albion Ferry assets.
- YVR Add Fare (1). Order 09-01, dated April 30 2009, determines that an Airport Special Zone Fare on the Canada Line, to open later in 2009, does not require Commission approval. Notwithstanding this determination, TransLink applied for approval -- see above entry on YVR Add Fare (2))
- Customer Satisfaction. Order 08-01, dated December 15 2008, approves TransLink’s Customer Satisfaction Survey Process. Here is an Executive Summary.
- Customer Complaints. Order 08-02 under section 225 of the SCBCTA Act, dated December 19 2008 conditionally approves TransLink’s Customer Complaints Process. Here is an Executive Summary. Order 10-02, dated July 28 2010, removes the condition placed in Order 08-02, giving unconditional approval.