IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Surrey, BC Better Surrey Rapid Transit announces its support for a “YES” vote in the transportation plebiscite.
A better transit future for Surrey starts with the approval of sustainable funding. As part of efforts to secure a “YES” vote, Better Surrey Rapid Transit is advising “YES” coalition supporters that the promotion of Light Rail Transit in Surrey – a component of the Mayors’ Council’s transit plan – is having a negative impact on the transit “YES” vote.
“The excessive focus on the Light Rail component is destroying the yes vote in the South of Fraser,” writes campaign manager Daryl Dela Cruz in a letter to “yes” coalition supporters. [VIEW the letter NOW by clicking here]
“Surrey voters aren’t prepared to approve a specific technology. They remember that they’ve been lied to by the City on LRT benefits, and realize more problems will be created by the LRT than solved. The province took the lead by removing the lock-in to “Light Rail Transit in Surrey” from the referendum ballot; “Yes” campaign supporters need to be doing the same.”
A recent report outlining increasing support for a “NO” vote outlines Surrey’s mention of a Plan B to move LRT with or without a “YES” vote as a reason. Several letters-to-the-editor from citizens dissatisfied about the LRT plan have circulated in local newspapers, citing major issues with the proposal left out of the consultation process by the city.
Better Surrey Rapid Transit (SkyTrain for Surrey) has raised several issues with the LRT proposal endorsed in Surrey. The proposed Phase I LRT – with a 25-min. travel time between Newton and Guildford – saves just 1 minute over the current 96 B-Line.
The campaign will be working to reverse damage done by the City of Surrey as a result of its excessive promotion of Light Rail.
Writers have flooded local newspapers with editorials and letters expressing concern about LRT in the Mayors’ transit plan:
- “LRT Option Doesn’t Deliver” – Surrey Leader, January 8
- “More tax would be okay if plan was good” – Surrey Leader, January 13
- “More Transit, Fewer Trees?” – Surrey Leader, January 15
- “Trees over Transit” – Surrey Leader, January 22
- “Why I Will Vote ‘no’ to TransLink Tax” – Surrey Now, January 29
- “Surrey deserves better than an at-grade transit system” – Surrey Leader, February 12
- “Slow street cars were replaced for a reason” – The Province, February 28
- “A more direct transit solution” – Peace Arch News, March 10
See our “letter” to YES supporters now:[scribd id=258324702 key=key-qfUIZmAureevvG3FgGmE mode=scroll]
*** For additional info, contact: Daryl Dela Cruz, Campaign Manager – Better Surrey Rapid Transit.
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