Four top executives at Translink all received pay raises last year

Buses on Granville Street in Vancouver.
Buses on Granville Street in Vancouver. Nick Procaylo, PNG / Global News files

Four top executives at Translink were all given raises last year, according to their 2012 salary disclosure documents released this week.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) crunched the numbers:

Staff at Translink making $100,000 or more grew by 14.6 per cent this year. In 2012, 141 employees made six figure salaries.

This comes one day after Translink announced a change for riders who buy bus tickets with cash and then want to use them on the SkyTrain – once the Compass Card rolls out in the fall, travellers will need a card to get on the SkyTrain.

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“The executives keep getting richer at TransLink, while taxpayers are being hit up for even more taxes for transit,” said Jordan Bateman, the CTF’s B.C. Director. “We say not another nickel for TransLink – their leadership has completely lost touch with the people they are supposed to be serving.”

The total bill for staff making less than $75,000 a year stayed consistent at $15.4 million last year, but the cost for staff making more than $75,000 jumped 18 per cent, from $33.5 million to $39.5 million.

“This is the management team that claims they cannot operate the present system on ‘only’ $1.3 billion a year in taxes, fares, and tolls,” said Bateman. “It’s pretty rich that these individuals are lecturing us that more of our hard-earned money is needed to keep the system afloat. This tone-deaf fiscal mismanagement will come back to haunt them in next year’s TransLink referendum.”

The total salary numbers include Transit Police. 58 of their 166 members made more than $100,000 in 2012.

“Transit Police continue to be grossly overpaid fare checkers,” said Bateman. “Two-thirds of all Transit Police files are for fare evasion, and the average transit cop works less than one serious or property crime files a month.”

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