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The LRT Reality

Surrey’s transit needs have always been underestimated

and with the recent push by the City of Surrey for a Light Rail Transit (LRT) expansion over SkyTrain, that hasn’t changed. The City of Surrey does not actually have a proper case study that proves in any way that LRT is the city’s best rapid transit option. At the same time, SkyTrain has been dismissed, has been dubiously labelled as a “community splitter”, and is not being properly recognized for the benefits it will deliver. While LRT has been touted as the solution for transit woes in the City of Surrey, the reality is that it will fall far short of addressing city-wide transportation needs.

Below are the reasons why Light Rail doesn’t deliver what we need, what building Light Rail will mean for Surrey, and why we must oppose Light Rail as the proposed solution to address a Surrey transportation crisis that will be unfolding within the next few years.

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Don't believe the Light Rail Lie! [CLICK HERE] to find out more

The LRT Reality

Surrey’s transit needs have always been underestimated

and with the recent push by the City of Surrey for a Light Rail Transit (LRT) expansion over SkyTrain, that hasn’t changed. The City of Surrey does not actually have a proper case study that proves in any way that LRT is the city’s best rapid transit option. At the same time, SkyTrain has been dismissed, has been dubiously labelled as a “community splitter”, and is not being properly recognized for the benefits it will deliver. While LRT has been touted as the solution for transit woes in the City of Surrey, the reality is that it will fall far short of addressing city-wide transportation needs.

Below are the reasons why Light Rail doesn’t deliver what we need, what building Light Rail will mean for Surrey, and why we must oppose Light Rail as the proposed solution to address a Surrey transportation crisis that will be unfolding within the next few years.

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The Case for SkyTrain

There is a real solution for a future transportation crisis,

…..but it’s not what is being asked for by the Mayor and Council. It’s not being properly recognized for the benefits it will deliver, and it is being labelled a “community splitter” when it will do the opposite by linking our communities with quality transit, building our communities, and addressing city-wide transportation needs.

Above are the reasons why we’re advocating. What the City of Surrey wants is LRT. What the City of Surrey really needs, on the other hand, is SkyTrain. We want the City of Surrey and TransLink to be prudent in planning for a system that’ll be ready for our needs in 30-50 years as well as today.

Don't believe the Light Rail lie! We're working hard on a new and improved website that will reveal EVERYTHING about the Light Rail lie.

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We’re working hard on a new and improved website that will reveal EVERYTHING about the Light Rail lie.

In case you haven’t noticed, Light Rail lie is one of the new taglines for our Better Surrey Rapid Transit (SkyTrain for Surrey) campaign. We’re working on condensing our extensive research to a few main points – such as the ones suggested by our taglines – to simplify our message and extend our reach.

Light Rail lie is also the name of an upcoming report we are working on that will do as we say – reveal the Light Rail lie. This single-read report will contain everything you need to know about why you should be concerned about the City of Surrey’s current rapid transit proposal and the “Light Rail lie”, why Light Rail isn’t good for the future of the city, and what is the option Surrey needs to approach moving forward.

Our rough website layout is already up. Feel free to play around with the new design. Our original pages and petition (the petition is going nowhere, by the way) are still up for your viewing pleasure – use the links on the top menu bar to access them.

REALITY CHECK: Surrey light rail coalition massively misleads public

A Light Rail opposition group in Surery is displeased that a coalition for Light Rail Transit in Surrey is massively misleading and manipulating the public again.

A Light Rail opposition group in Surrey is displeased that a coalition for Light Rail Transit in Surrey is massively misleading and manipulating the public again, according to a media report by the Business in Vancouver report.

The report claims that Light Rail Links members saw problems with expanding SkyTrain versus building light rail.

“SkyTrain, in our opinion, does not build communities. It separates them with the big, tall concrete structures,” said Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, a backer of the Light Rail Links coalition.

(From Business in Vancouver)

Light Rail Links members and supporters all over Surrey seem to think that SkyTrain separates communities with its visual impact, yet study after study and statistic after statistic has found that SkyTrain has done the opposite; in spite of its visual impact, it has had a phenomenal impact in shaping dense, transit-oriented communities and neighbourhoods throughout the region, and efforts continue to be made to utilize the SkyTrain system to attract dense, transit-oriented development. Major centres near SkyTrain such as Metrotown, Brentwood, Lougheed Town Centre, Oakridge, and Downtown Richmond are booming with transit-friendly developments due to their SkyTrain proximity.

In an internationally reknowned thesis submitted to the University of London Centre for Transport Studies, SkyTrain was found to be the most effective system between 20 around the world (including Light Rail systems) in shaping urban growth, and the only system of the 20 which had a significant revitalizing impact on slum areas.

Huberman also made a flawed statement with regards to Light Rail versus buses, reasoning that:

“Buses congest the road. They increase pollution, and they’re not efficient in terms of moving people around.”

(From Business in Vancouver)

This statement completely neglects the possibility that buses can be used in dedicated lanes (as has been planned by TransLink, the regional transportation authority) in the same manner as Light Rail, and can use overhead electric wires (as is done in Vancouver) and electric propulsion to provide emissions-free transportation.

These discrepancies again expose the lack of research and weak case among Light Rail Links coalition backers. On the day of their launch, Better Surrey Rapid Transit (a citizens’ group that opposes Light Rail Links and advocates for SkyTrain for Surrey rather than LRT) launched a REALITY CHECK [CLICK HERE] that revealed that no new research was brought forward by the Light Rail Links advocacy, which rehashes vague reasons that have already been used by other advocates and unproductively adds nothing new to the discussion.

“I am becoming extremely concerned with the amount of misleading information on Surrey rapid transit that is circulating among advocacy groups, and how it’s manipulating the public to accept an option that is clearly not the best option for Surrey, as some would like to suggest” says Campaign Director Daryl Dela Cruz.

The Better Surrey Rapid Transit advocacy has frequently pointed out that Light Rail is not a suitable option for the City of Surrey because it does not meet regional and local transportation goals, and offers transportation benefits that do not exceed the costs, which do not make the option very viable to either TransLink or the provincial government. Light Rail options are slower, less reliable, less attractive, and will fall victim to a service disruption every day. Neither emissions reductions nor mode-share shift from car to transit goals are met with Light Rail Transit options.

Attached to this press release and reality check are a collection of slides from the “Rapid Transit and Surrey’s Needs” report, which was prepared by Better Surrey Rapid Transit and recognized by the City of Surrey in a presentation this last April. (see below)

For more reality checks, [CLICK HERE]

Also see: Why SkyTrain | Why not LRT

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ABOUT BETTER SURREY RAPID TRANSIT

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.

For more information, please contact:

Daryl Dela Cruz
Better Surrey Rapid Transit – Campaign Director
Website: skytrainforsurrey.org – Email: info@skytrainforsurrey.org