IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Surrey, BC

Citizens all over Surrey are taking notice of an unrealistic campaign promise to deliver Light Rail Transit (LRT) by 2018, by mayoral candidate Linda Hepner and the Surrey First party.

Independent writer Laila Yuile, a popular political issues commentator, is among concerned Surrey citizens. She has recognized the insensitivity of the claim, noting that without the results of a spring 2015 referendum, a proper business case, and funding commitments, no LRT project can proceed. She has called out the promise’s fallacy on her blog site “No Strings Attached.”

SkyTrain for Surrey adds to this by having noted that no LRT projects in Canada have been completed within the 3 year timeline Surrey First requires. The misleading campaign promise, along with other examples of excessive misleading on LRT, had resulted in SkyTrain for Surrey calling for a voter boycott of the Surrey First party.

“Surrey’s transit future needs to be put into the right hands. The right hands don’t mislead citizens constantly on transit issues and proposals,” says Daryl Dela Cruz, a Surrey transit advocate and the SkyTrain for Surrey  campaign chair.

SkyTrain for Surrey is the opposition campaign against ground-level LRT in Surrey. We’ve raised, among several issues, the proposed Phase I LRT – with a 25-min. travel time between Newton & Guildford – saves just 1 minute over the current 96 B-Line.

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Above: Excerpt from Laila Yuile’s “No Strings Attached” outlining issues with Surrey First’s “LRT complete 2018” claim. Full read: lailayuile.com/2014/11/13/countdown-to-surrey-votes-2014
Above: Excerpt from Laila Yuile’s “No Strings Attached” outlining issues with Surrey First’s “LRT complete 2018” claim. Full read: lailayuile.com/2014/11/13/countdown-to-surrey-votes-2014
MYTH: Light Rail can be completed and running by 2018; REALITY: Full LRT build-out will likely take longer.
No rail rapid transit project in Canada has ever made it from absolute zero (with no detailed design work completed at all) to project completion within this sort of timeline. Reference projects: 8.2km Calgary West LRT – 3 years, 2 months; 19km Kitchener-Waterloo ION LRT phase I: 4 years; Missisauga, 23km Hurontario-Main LRT: 5 – 8 years.

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For additional info, contact: Daryl Dela Cruz, Campaign Chair

Email: daryl@skytrainforsurrey.org

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Disclaimer: SkyTrain for Surrey is an ongoing, issues-oriented activism campaign and is NOT an election campaign.

Citizens noting unrealistic LRT promise by Surrey First
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