IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Surrey, BC
A TransLink study has already found a negative transportation business case for LRT, which will contradict any future “P3 business case” for federal project funding.
The Surrey Rapid Transit study, conducted over the past few years, found that the LRT project has a transportation cost-benefit shortfall of $510 million and a negative cost-benefit ratio of 0.69:1.
“It will take decades to generate the transportation benefits offsetting the costs of LRT. That shouldn’t be in the interest of Surrey citizens, and won’t be in the interest of potential funding partners,” says Daryl Dela Cruz, a prominent Surrey transportation advocate and the campaign manager for Better Surrey Rapid Transit.
TransLink has previously asked the City of Surrey to contribute municipally to the project; indicating they are not interested in having the rest of the region pay equally for Surrey’s Light Rail project, due to the poor regional business case.
“It will take decades to generate the transportation benefits offsetting the costs of LRT.”
Daryl Dela Cruz – Campaign Manager
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.
Better Surrey Rapid Transit (SkyTrain for Surrey) has raised several issues with the LRT proposal, and has released a campaign video on its website to communicate this to citizens. This video also promotes a “Vibrant Communities, Productive Citizens” vision – an alternate, more practical rapid transit vision with SkyTrain and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for less than the cost of proposed LRT.
A TransLink study has already found a negative business case for Surrey LRT.
Surrey Rapid Transit Study Phase 2 Evaluation – PDF page 358
Because of this, they don’t want the rest of the region to pay for it.
City of Surrey Transportation Committee Minutes – July 2014
For additional info, contact: Daryl Dela Cruz, Campaign Manager – Better Surrey Rapid Transit.
Call: 81-80-3962-9281 or ask for Skype 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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