IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 18, 2017 – Surrey, BC

SkyTrain for Surrey‘s campaign team is working to mobilize the over 1500 people who have signed in support of SkyTrain South-of-the-Fraser, encouraging all SkyTrain supporters to voice their opposition to the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project at the upcoming TransLink consultations.

SkyTrain for Surrey is opposing the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project as part of its campaign, urging that the LRT project instead be built as a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system at a lower cost.

The following is a statement by our campaign founding director, Daryl Dela Cruz:

The City of Surrey has ignored the results of the original TransLink study, which found that SkyTrain & BRT would have a better business case than street-level Light Rail and forecast that Light Rail would actually result in a net loss to society rather than a net benefit.

This is because Surrey’s Light Rail proposal is completely at street-level. Mayor Linda Hepner says that Light Rail is a sophisticated transit system and she is correct, but many of the Light Rail projects in our country use considerable grade-separation, similar to SkyTrain. Surrey’s proposed system will have no grade-separation and it will run through the middle of dozens of intersections. This street-level LRT will be prone to major delays if trains become blocked, and will offer no time savings compared to dedicated bus lanes. With costs of the full project at $2.6 billion, Surrey’s Light Rail is a waste of taxpayer’s money.

It is imperative and it is critical that we come out to these open houses – and with a loud voice, let Surrey know that we are saying NO to this LRT project.

Daryl Dela Cruz – Founding Director, SkyTrain for Surrey

Campaign supporters for SkyTrain to Langley are encouraged to voice opposition for the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project, and are encouraged to get in touch with the SkyTrain for Surrey campaign team for further updates on campaign activities.

SkyTrain supporters who want a say in the LRT consultations are urged to:

langley-extension-concept-bare-1-largerAbout 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), Jacky Au (Surrey), Spencer Whitney (Langley), Tova Dang (Surrey)

For further information

Daryl Dela Cruz, Campaign Chair, Phone: +1 604 329 3529, E-mail: info@skytrainforsurrey.org

Proceeding with Surrey LRT is the wrong decision