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Sunday November 9th:

Speak out against transit privatization!


WHEN:

1PM SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9th

 

WHERE:

MAIN STREET SKYTRAIN STATION

 

WHAT:

STREET THEATRE PERFORMANCE and LETTER WRITING DRIVE


Contact the Bus Riders Union at 604-215-2775 or email busridersunion@gmail.com for more information.

 

Crowded buses.  Skyrocketing fares.  Long waits.   Bus riders need relief – but it's not going to come from the new TransLink CEO, Thomas Prendergast.  

Mr. Prendergast was president of the Long Island Rail Road, the largest commuter railroad in the United States, from 1994 to 2000.

Under Prendergast's management, riders suffered air conditioning failures, undercarriage fires and breakdowns that were due to neglected or faulty maintenance.  These problems were at least partly caused by Prendergast's difficulties with labour and management.

In 2000 and 2001, Mr. Prendergast led an international team that bid for a major public/private partnership contract with the London Underground.

Since taking over the job of TransLink CEO, bus riders haven't seen much of Mr. Prendergast.  He certainly isn't transit dependent, since his annual wage will be over $300,000 per year.  

But he's found the time to reach out to the business community.  In fact, he gave his first public speech as TransLink CEO to the downtown Vancouver business improvement association.

What does privatization mean for bus riders?  It means that we pay for expensive Public Private Partnerships like the Canada Line, instead of buying more buses and lower fares.  It means that we don't have democratic control over our transit system.  It means longer waits and overcrowded buses.  

Join the BRU for an action on November 9th to send a message to Mr. Prendergast, and to Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon.  Let them know that people are more important than profit– and bus riders demand an end to the privatization of our public transit system. 
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