IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 8, 2016 – Surrey, BC
SkyTrain for Surrey is pleased to receive an announcement from TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond, who has said that SkyTrain is still under consideration for planned rapid transit on Fraser Highway.
Today’s announcement means that SkyTrain for Surrey is closer to winning a SkyTrain victory for transit users South-of-the-Fraser, after over 3 years of ongoing advocacy. We are looking forward to reviewing the dual business cases, confirmed by Mayor Linda Hepner, for SkyTrain and LRT.
SkyTrain for Surrey, started in 2012 by local transit advocate Daryl Dela Cruz, has pushed SkyTrain on a platform centred on raising major issues with the Light Rail system promoted by Surrey. As of recently, more than 1200 people have signed our online petition urging a switch to SkyTrain.
We’ve pointed out that a Light Rail system would result in significantly higher land acquisition (recently blamed for a $500 million LRT cost increase), increased traffic congestion with narrowed roadways, lower travel time savings (with only marginal savings over existing B-Line buses) and higher long-term operating debts resulting from lower projected ridership. We have also noted that the initial phase-2 Surrey Rapid Transit Study, conducted by TransLink and the province in partnership with Surrey, anticipated a less-than-positive benefit-cost ratio for street-level LRT.
SkyTrain for Surrey has primarily advocated for an elevated SkyTrain extension on Fraser Highway, but has also pushed for bus rapid transit on the “L Line” corridor which includes 104 Ave and King George Blvd. Using BRT on the “L Line” corridor would allow the total initial costs for South Fraser rapid transit with SkyTrain to match the costs of LRT, plus offer less impact during construction, through-running services with less transfers, and easy upgrade-ability to LRT when needed.
Additional info was reported by the Surrey Leader: Line to Langley may still be SkyTrain: TransLink CEO
About SkyTrain for Surrey
SkyTrain for Surrey is a local grassroots organization calling for a SkyTrain and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network instead of the currently-proposed on-street Light Rail system in Surrey. Our campaign has called on decision-makers to build the Langley Extension of the SkyTrain Expo Line, in conjunction with an extension of the 96 B-Line to Coquitlam Centre and White Rock.
Our campaign directors: Daryl Dela Cruz (Surrey, chair), Benedic Dasalla (Surrey), Jacky Au (Surrey), Spencer Whitney (Langley)
For further information
Daryl Dela Cruz, Campaign Chair, Phone: +1 604 329 3529, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org