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  • December 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    SURREY MUST have SKYTRAIN line extensions to LANGLEY and WHITE ROCK
    I simply don’t understand why the City of Surrey is insisting on LRT instead of Skytrain extension to Langley and Newton. LRT will increase congestion on already congested streets. Skytrain will encourage 1000’s of car drivers to leave their cars. That will increase fare revenue for the Trans-link. Skytrain saves travel time. The value of time-savings and additional revenue is worth Billions of dollars as the rapid transit systems last for a long time. Thus Skytrain system is much cheaper than LRT. Paris and London underground systems are about 150 years old. Even Toronto is about 50 year old. By reducing the number of cars on the road, the Skytrain will also help the environment.
    All other cities in Metro have Skytrain systems. Even Broadway-UBC link is being proposed as a Skytrain line.

    Why, and why the Surrey Mayor wants to build LRT for the citizens of Surrey? What is the logic behind this? The residents of Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam have Skytrain lines. Why should the citizens of Surrey have LRT, which is much less efficient system than the Skytrain?
    I hope Translink will reject Mayor’s demand for the LRT, and will propose Skytrain for Surrey. I urge people of Surrey to pay attention to this important matter and write to the Mayor of Surrey.
    Prof. Kuldip Pelia
    Surrey, BC

    Note: Please replace my previous letter with this letter. This version makes more sense.

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