Saturday, August 13, 2011

Editorial: LRT plan needs outside review

Tranzwatching light rail debate in Victoria, BC, Canada

The Times-Colonist, premier newspaper of Victoria, British Colombia in Canada (a city very similar in population size and tourism figures to Christchurch) wants to see a lot more research, and research into all options, before backing a proposal for a light rail line.

The Editorial says that under present funding system (federal, provincial and city Government split) residents of Victoria could expect to pay increased property taxes [ie rates] of $265 per household and business ten times that amount per year to help fund the $950 million light rail corridor.

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