Tuesday morning was triumphed by the launch of the new Light Rail Links coalition, a membership of different organizations advocating for Light Rail Transit in Surrey, BC.
The new coalition presents four vague reasons for “Why LRT”:
- LRT will connect communities south of the Fraser
- LRT will create pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods with new developments and businesses
- LRT has easily accessible cars that can carry high volumes of passengers
- LRT is a cost effective solution that will link the most communities
These reasons are vague reasons and they do not explain why Light Rail in Surrey is a better solution than SkyTrain expansion.
By comparison, Better Surrey Rapid Transit (an advocacy for SkyTrain rather than light rail) has prepared a full case [CLICK HERE] that explains why SkyTrain is the best solution for Surrey, BC. Better Surrey Rapid Transit does not rely on vague reasons for this case. It relies on the facts presented in the Surrey Rapid Transit Study. Key facts that were revealed in the Surrey Rapid Transit Study include:
- Even with both a Light Rail system across the city and transportation demand management to raise the cost of driving, 65% of commutes will still be by car
No Surrey Rapid Transit options involving Light Rail will meet 2041 transportation modal shift goals
- Light Rail Transit will generate less monetary benefits versus cost, and has the worst business case of all the Surrey Rapid Transit alternatives
- Light Rail Transit generates on average of 53% the ridership of SkyTrain on the same corridor
In addition, at-grade Light Rail Transit:
- provides slower transit compared to SkyTrain and potentially less reliable transit compared to even buses. This provides less options for citizens (esp. young citizens) who, in a time of economic recession, desperately need more options.
has a smaller impact on pressing issues like auto use growth because it attracts less modal shift
causes traffic mayhem and disrupts communities by taking away road capacity on major corridors such as 104th Ave and creating less auto to transit modal shift.
ABOUT BETTER SURREY RAPID TRANSIT
“Better Surrey Rapid Transit” (skytrainforsurrey.org) was established because Surrey is in need of a bigger solution than what is proposed. TransLink has proposed options for Surrey that do not meet mode-share reduction targets and are far behind what has been achieved in the City of Vancouver. Mayor Watts’ declaration of at-grade Light Rail Transit (LRT) over SkyTrain also does not make sense. Current options look forward to this city’s transportation needs to 2041 (within 30 years), but do not look forward to what the needs will be in 30-50 years and beyond. We want to tell Mayor Watts and TransLink that the solution that Surrey needs is bigger than what everyone wants, and we’re advocating for that bigger solution that Surrey needs – an expansion of SkyTrain.
Better Surrey Rapid Transit’s advocacy now includes a petition campaign that urges decision makers to plan for better Surrey rapid transit. This petition has beeny launched at [CLICK HERE] and promotion efforts (including new videos, online and on-location canvassing efforts, and associated media advisories) continue to advance.