Metro mayors acclaim Robertson, Hepner

Vancouver, Surrey mayors also retain seats on TransLink board, which bring extra pay of $50,000

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson were returned to their roles heading the regional mayors' council by acclamation.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner will continue in their roles as chair and vice-chair of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation.

The two were acclaimed Wednesday after no other Metro Vancouver mayors challenged them for the positions.

Both mayors will also get seats on the TransLink board of directors dedicated for the mayors council chair and vice-chair. Serving on the TransLink board brings more time commitments and roughly $50,000 a year in extra pay.

Robertson called it a “dubious honour” and said he hopes 2016 proves to be a turnaround year for TransLink after last year’s failed transit tax plebiscite and a further decline in transit ridership.

Robertson and Hepner were first elected mayors’ council chair and vice chair for 2015 in large part because Vancouver and Surrey had the most at stake in the plebiscite, which failed to deliver new funding for rapid transit expansion.

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