IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Surrey, BC
Better Surrey Rapid Transit has launched an updated SkyTrain for Surrey campaign in a bid to overturn Surrey’s Light Rail Transit proposal. A new web-page (skytrainforsurrey.org/takeaction) links to social media pages and directs viewers to a petition asking decision-makers to reconsider. A new campaign video to communicate with citizens was also recently launched.
New material follows after more than 700 people declared support for SkyTrain for Surrey in a poll on the Vancity Buzz. Despite only small mention of the SkyTrain for Surrey effort in an accompanying article, 54% of respondents supported SkyTrain expansion, vs. only 28% for LRT.
The effort is being led by prominent transit advocate Daryl Dela Cruz, who had previously successfully advocated the construction of a #555 rapid bus stop at Highway 1 and 156 Street.
“Light Rail supporters are out of touch with what Surrey needs. They haven’t done their homework, and are supporting something that causes more problems than it solves. We must act now to prevent LRT mayhem and ensure the best transit for Surrey” says Dela Cruz in a statement.
The proposed Phase I LRT – with a 25-min. travel time between Newton and Guildford – saves just 1 minute over the currently operated 96 B-Line. Other issues raised include issues with centre-street running, vulnerability to accidents, and slower service. The system won’t get a fair share from TransLink, who have expressed disinterest in splitting regional funding evenly among cities. More information about these shortfalls can be found on our website’s “LRT Reality” page (skytrainforsurrey.org/lrt-reality).
SkyTrain for Surrey promotes the “Vibrant Communities, Productive Citizens” vision – which advocates both SkyTrain and enhanced Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) instead of LRT. The vision has a positive business case, creating 2x the benefits and ridership for less cost than proposed LRT.
A new poll on the Vancity Buzz demonstrates support for SkyTrain over LRT.
More than 700 people (54%) voted SkyTrain, despite only small mention of the SkyTrain for Surrey effort in an accompanying article centered on LRT. Only 28% of respondents voted LRT.
See poll on Polldaddy: https://polldaddy.com/poll/8421793/?view=results
Vancity Buzz article: vancitybuzz.com/2014/11/surrey-light-rail-project-passes-first-hurdle-secure-federal-funding/
For additional info, contact: Daryl Dela Cruz, Campaign Manager – Better Surrey Rapid Transit.
Call: 81-80-3962-9281 or ask for a Skype or Line handle
(Note: Daryl is currently out of country; long-distance fees apply)
Disclaimer: Better Surrey Rapid Transit (SkyTrain for Surrey) is an ongoing, issues-oriented activism campaign and is NOT an election campaign.
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