Support better options for Surrey rapid transit

Better Surrey Rapid Transit featured on Surrey Now, News 1130

Support better options for Surrey rapid transit

Today, we have been blessed with the great opportunity of a double feature. Following a successful presentation of our Rapid Transit and Surrey’s Needs presentation [CLICK HERE] to the City of Surrey Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, two news agencies in the region have contacted us for a feature. Below are portions of the resulting online articles on the Surrey Now newspaper and News1130 radio:

Surrey Now – Rapid transit proponents urge city to nix light rail (Surrey Now)

A pro-SkyTrain group is calling on the City of Surrey to go with alternatives to at-grade light rail transit, noting that LRT won’t meet long-term transportation plans in the region.

On Monday, Better Surrey Rapid Transit made a presentation to councillors Tom Gill, Marvin Hunt, Barinder Rasode and Barbara Steele – all members of the city’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee – outlining the needs of Surrey and surrounding cities over the next 30-plus years.

Daryl Dela Cruz, campaign director for Better Surrey Rapid Transit, said LRT, backed by Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts, will not reach regional modal shift targets to reduce car use to 50 per cent from its current position at 84 per cent.

Among the many concerns of transit users, travel time is the biggest issue, and because light rail is limited to speeds of 50 to 60 km/h, he said that will turn many users off of the proposed service.

[READ MORE AT THE SURREY NOW - CLICK HERE]

jacobzinn@gmail.com -Twitter @jacobzinn

SkyTrain is better for Surrey than light rail: group (News1130)

SURREY (NEWS1130) – A group that wants to see better transit service in Surrey says expanding SkyTrain is a better option than a light rail system.

Better Surrey Rapid Transit Executive Director Daryl Dela Cruz says light rail is cheaper, but that doesn’t mean it’s better.

“Light rail provides an inferior transit choice,” he argues. “Similar light rail systems in other cities have not met ridership projections and have caused financial problems that are large in scale and affected transit all over the region.”

Dela Cruz made his case to Surrey’s Transportation Committee earlier this week. Committee Chair Tom Gill agrees the city’s transit network is in dire need of an upgrade, but he’s not sure SkyTrain expansion is the answer.

[READ MORE AT NEWS1130 - CLICK HERE]

About these ads
BSRT presentation to Surrey

“Rapid Transit and Surrey’s Needs” presentation to Surrey

BSRT presentation to Surrey banner Banner

Better Surrey Rapid Transit is taking a remarkable step forward on Monday with a confirmed presentation to the City of Surrey Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to provide a report on Rapid Transit and Surrey’s Needs” Media may be interested in hearing this presentation as it details a primary case of the Better Surrey Rapid Transit advocacy, a group interested in seeing that Surrey is served by better rapid transit in the future than the current city Light Rail Transit proposal.

Slide documents for this presentation are available for previewing online here at the Better Surrey Rapid Transit website: [CLICK HERE TO VIEW]

The presentation will be occurring at Surrey City Hall’s Executive Boardroom, and is scheduled to occur at 2:35PM. The meeting itself will begin at 2:00PM.

LOCATION

Executive Boardroom,City Hall
14245 – 56 Avenue
Surrey, B.C.

ABOUT BETTER SURREY RAPID TRANSIT

Better Surrey Rapid TransitBetter 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 been quietly launched at [CLICK HERE] and promotion efforts (including new videos, online and on-location canvassing efforts, and associated media advisories) will be advancing in the coming weeks.

For more information, please contact:
Daryl Dela Cruz
Better Surrey Rapid Transit – Campaign Director
Website: 
skytrainforsurrey.org – Email: info@skytrainforsurrey.org
BSRT campaign launch

BETTER SURREY RAPID TRANSIT: Official campaign launch

Better Surrey Rapid Transit is OFFICIALLY launching a petition campaign for Better Surrey Rapid Transit today. Media are asked to be alert for more news from Better Surrey Rapid Transit regarding a campaign urging the city to change plans and pursue SkyTrain expansion rather than at-grade Rail.

BSRT campaign launch
ABOUT 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. 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. The final option must look forward to this city’s transportation needs in 30-50 years.
For more information, please contact:
Daryl Dela Cruz
Better Surrey Rapid Transit – Campaign Director
Website: 
skytrainforsurrey.org - Email: info@skytrainforsurrey.org

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: LRT in Surrey won’t fly, stick with SkyTrain – Vancouver Sun

SkyTrain and Light Rail

Readers from around Metro Vancouver might have noticed writing from Better Surrey Rapid Transit’s campaign director in today’s issue of the Vancouver Sun.

The newsletter by Campaign Director Daryl Dela Cruz presents a strong message about the weak business case of LRT in Surrey, how the LRT pursuit weakens Surrey’s case for any rapid transit, and the need to pursue different options in order to make rapid transit in Surrey a reality.

LRT in Surrey won’t fly, stick with SkyTrain

Re: Surrey eyes dollars destined for infrastructure across country, March 22

Rapid transit decisions are about more than just capital cost.

There are other costs and measurable benefits that need to be considered. These together make up two different and more relevant numbers called “net present value” and “benefit-cost ratio,” which form the business case that determines the feasibility of a rapid transit project for approval and funding.

According to TransLink’s recently released final evaluations, Surrey’s preferred LRT option has a benefit-cost ratio of 0.69: 1 (meaning that every $1 invested will generate just $0.69 in cost return) and a net present value of negative $510 million. It is the worst out of all the options.

I have no idea how Surrey is supposed to get senior-level government funding, as needed to make any rapid transit a reality, if that is the business case for their preferred option. It is like trying to hit your target, but deliberately putting your foot in front of the barrel.

Surrey LRT will never become a reality.

I’ve been telling the city for two years to put LRT to rest and consider the positive benefit-cost ratios presented by SkyTrain options.

Daryl Dela Cruz
Campaign director at Better Surrey Rapid Transit

Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

Slide 1

PRESENTATION: Rapid transit and Surrey’s needs

Rapid Transit and Surrey’s needs

Examining the modal shift in TransLink’s Surrey Rapid Transit Study alternatives

This is a presentation document that Better Surrey Rapid Transit prepared for a 2013 presentation to the City of Surrey Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The full 62-slide presentation can be downloaded at [CLICK HERE]. For its online release on our site, the presentation has been split into its 5 segments, which can be individually viewed below:






DOWNLOAD: Final Surrey Rapid Transit Report

Better Surrey Rapid Transit is currently using this 536-page report to conduct a comprehensive modal share review that will be released in the coming days.

This report was shortly seen on the TransLink website recently, but has been taken down from there.

The report has returned to the TransLink website and is also available for download there.

[CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD]

Metrotown Station in 2006

DEBUNKING MYTHS: Coun. Rasode, Light Rail and a wrong perspective on Business Impact

From the Surrey Leader [LINK]

“We’ve been very clear that our option would be LRT, not just because of the cost but because it is less intrusive to the community,” Rasode said.

Light rail passengers riding at street level would be more likely to stop and shop at Surrey businesses, she said, than an overhead SkyTrain whisking residents to other cities.

A comment from Daryl Dela Cruz, BSRT Campaign Director

While the idea that passengers will have a better view of local businesses from ground level than from an elevated SkyTrain line is certainly not invalid, what is invalid is that this is a reason that at-grade Light Rail is going to bring better business than an elevated SkyTrain line. I want to challenge this particularly because it goes by an assumption of equality, something that doesn’t exist between Light Rail and SkyTrain as rapid transit modes because they are not the same.

As grade-separated rapid transit, SkyTrain has the opportunity of running faster and more frequently. What this does is attract more new riders, because riders have faster and better options for getting around without the use of a car.

In TransLink’s recent rapid transit study outlook, it was predicted that a SkyTrain extension to Langley with bus rapid transit (BRT) segments to Guildford and Newton/White Rock would attract twice as many new riders (24,000 vs 12,000) as a full Light Rail Transit (LRT) network across the city, in spite of the use of inferior BRT on 104th Ave and King George Blvd.

It is competitive level of service and higher ridership, not the ability to see more businesses from the line at-grade, that stands to bring business benefits to those located near rapid transit. Therefore, Ms. Rasode’s claim is largely invalid.

Metrotown Station in 2006

There’s a reason that Metropolis at Metrotown is the most popular shopping destination in the lower mainland, in spite of the fact that you can’t see any of the businesses from the rapid transit line at all because everything is indoors or on Kingsway!

PRESS RELEASE: BIGGER SOLUTION NEEDED FOR SURREY – City-wide LRT network and SkyTrain to Langley only will fail to ease congestion, meet transit use objective

[CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL RELEASE]

A major TransLink rapid transit planning study has mislead stakeholders in the City of Surrey in its evaluation of options, in terms of a statement of which options “meet the study objectives.”

The recent release by TransLink, called “Surrey Rapid Transit Alternatives Analysis: Findings to Date”, narrows down the alternatives to be looked at for Surrey Rapid Transit down to four alternatives, each one being based upon three transit modes (bus rapid transit, light rail transit, SkyTrain). A Surrey-based transit advocacy group has found that all four alternatives fall short of one key objective that was completely ignored in this findings to date document: congestion reduction and increasing transit use.

“Better Surrey Rapid Transit” is a growing campaign against the Light Rail Transit proposal by Surrey’s Mayor Watts (on the basis that the proposal is inferior to SkyTrain and, as a result, will not meet key  modal shift goals and others, such as greenhouse gas emission reduction goals) – and in support of a larger SkyTrain expansion than is currently being proposed by TransLink. Over 150 supporters have stated interest through social media.

For additional information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Daryl Dela Cruz
Campaign Director, Better Surrey Rapid Transit
daryl@skytrainforsurrey.org || (m) 604-329-8082

——-

Better Surrey Rapid Transit

Better Surrey Rapid Transit” was established because the decisions that were made two years ago have to change. Mayor Watts has declared at-grade Light Rail Transit (LRT) over  SkyTrain for the City of Surrey, and it is a decision that just does not mak sense. We want to tell Mayor Watts that the solution is bigger than LRT, and we’re advocating for that bigger solution that Surrey needs – an expansion of SkyTrain. The City has to be prudent and plan for an option that looks forward to this city’s transit needs in 30 to 50 years.

Your Better Surrey Rapid Transit advocacy team,

Daryl Dela Cruz – Campaign Director, Exec of statistics analysis
Benedic Dasalla – Exec of marketing & communication strategy
Neo Caines – Exec of infrastructure analysis

Two better options for Surrey rapid transit

Better Surrey Rapid Transit

SkyTrain for Surrey is relaunching as “Better Surrey Rapid Transit”

Better Surrey Rapid Transit

A message from your campaign leaders for Better Surrey Rapid Transit

Regular readers or past visitors of this website may have noticed that there has been a distinct change in the website style, home page, and arrangement of pages and information.

This is because we’re relaunching the former SkyTrain for Surrey Initiative as “Better Surrey Rapid Transit, in an effort to tone down the controversy and open up the Initiative as a more understandable, more supportable and more credible campaign for South of Fraser residents to follow and offer their support. The site URL is still skytrainforsurrey.org and will remain the same.

The website design is still under active construction, with elements such as a “call for action” page and a “vision” page still missing. These items are being worked on and will be launched in stages leading up to a target action date. Our new MailChimp-based e-mail subscription system (detailed below) will help keep subscribers detailed to site changes and courses of action taken by Better Surrey Rapid Transit.

The new website features a new home page centered on the campaign purpose – but as part of the redesign, our previous blog-style posts and homepage are still visible by visiting skytrainforsurrey.org/blog. The Better Surrey Rapid Transit blog is easier to navigate with categorized posts (visible on the sidebar to the right), and will continue to launch new information that is relevant to the Surrey rapid transit planning discussion. Other potentially relevant posts may be found on the campaign director’s personal blog at darylvsworld.wordpress.com.

We hope that the new website presents our concerns in an easier and more straightforward manner for our readers. Thank you for considering your support for Better Surrey Rapid Transit.

Respectfully yours, from your Better Surrey Rapid Transit campaign leaders

Daryl Dela Cruz – Campaign director, exec of statistics analysis
Benedic Dasalla – Exec of marketing & communication strategy
Neo Caines – Exec of infrastructure analysis

Contact us: info@skytrainforsurrey.org

—————-

Site readers may have also noticed that we are “petition ready.” Parts of our site are designed to integrate with a future online petition, as a way of taking action and telling decision-makers that they should be considering the concerns of Better Surrey Rapid Transit. We’re preparing to launch this petition and a large push for our concern in the coming months, along with a new case study and a presentation on the case for SkyTrain in Surrey.

You can be notified of when we launch this petition by subscribing to us by e-mail. Click on [THIS LINK] to be notified of our campaign launches, and stay up-to-date with the latest info on Surrey transit issues and the Surrey rapid transit planning process.

Alternatively, you can scan the QR Code below:

Bus line-ups for the 320 during the PM Rush

FEB 26th – Surrey CiTI to host Surrey Transit Rally at Central City Plaza

Transportation advocacy group “Surrey Citizens’ Transportation Initiative” (Surrey CiTI) have announced a “Surrey Transit Rally” to take place at Central City Plaza on February 26th. Details below:

RALLY

Better Public Transit
– for Surrey -

Feb.26, 2013 – 3:30-5:30PM – SFU Campus Plaza

  Speakers, live music, support march
& your participation

 Agenda

>3:30 – 4:15 PM – intro. music & speakers
>4:15 – 5:00 PM – march & music
>5:00 – 5:30 PM – music, speakers & windup

Your opportunity to:

  • advocate for better public transit
  • push for more affordable public transit
  • ensure HandyDart stays healthy
  • oppose TransLink’s planned bus service cuts
  • push for fair and sustainable transit funding
  • promote multimodal transit options
  • connect with other concerned citizens

More Info?

Contact:Surrey CiTI – surreyciti@yahoo.ca

Click here to download a printable poster