TransLink is being criticized for a $615,000 budget for art projects at SkyTrain stations, and that cost could rise as budgets are confirmed for two more stations.
Metrotown and Commercial-Broadway stations have an approved art budget of $250,000 and $200,000 respectively. Artists have yet to be selected for the two pieces.
Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky have been commissioned to create artwork for the Main Street-Science World station, with a price tag of $165,000.
Surrey Central and Joyce-Collingwood stations are also expected to get public art pieces, but those budgets are not yet confirmed.
Delta Mayor Lois Jackson said she was angry when she heard the amount of money TransLink had allocated toward the art.
"(That much money) on artwork and we don't even have basic services out here? That's champagne on a beer budget, really," Jackson said.
The art pieces are part of station upgrades, TransLink says.
TransLink says public art has long been an integral component in the development of successful rapid transit systems and that transit systems across North America, such as in Calgary and Los Angeles, have public art programs.
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