SkyTrain for Surrey, not LRT!

CONCEPT: A Mark III SkyTrain enters 160 St-Fleetwood Station on an extended Expo Line.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dec. 27, 2015 – Surrey, BC

Contrary to claims by Light Rail supporters, there is high public support for extending SkyTrain in Surrey.

A November 2014 poll conducted by the popular website Vancity Buzz on a Surrey LRT-related article shows higher public support for SkyTrain than for an LRT system.

The poll questioning readers “What kind of transit expansion does Surrey need?”. The results were…

  • 54.13% of respondents support an extension of grade-separated SkyTrain
  • Only 29.66% preferred a ground-level LRT
  • 16.21% of respondents had different opinions.

1,659 votes were collected, and SkyTrain for Surrey is pleased with the clarity of the poll question as well as the clarity of the answer options. Additional details are written below.

Extending SkyTrain to Langley will create benefits like faster, more reliable service; no transfers to Vancouver and the most travel time benefits; and 72% higher ridership than LRT on the same route.

Along with Bus Rapid Transit on the “L Line” corridor, it would cost the same to build and less to operate.

Light Rail supporters citing non-existent survey

In a recent letter to a Surrey newspaper, Light Rail Links coalition chair Anita Huberman claimed that there is high support for LRT in Surrey, and cited a 2013 survey of city residents.

Anita Huberman of the Light Rail Links coalition said that:
Surrey residents want LRT. According to a 2013 survey, 80 per cent of Surrey residents support LRT and almost two-thirds say they would use at least one of the proposed LRT lines. The Mayors’ Council has also given unequivocal support to Surrey’s LRT project.

No such survey has ever been released by the Light Rail Links organization or the City of Surrey.


Poll results

The poll results were collected on Vancity Buzz’s article: Surrey light rail project passes first hurdle to secure federal funding

The question is clearly worded and offers respondents a chance to compare all of the potential options (rather than focusing on one while excluding any others). All answers are also clearly worded.

1,659 responses were collected, demonstrating a high reach rate towards respondents.

The preceding article was neutral, and included both perspectives in favour of and against LRT.

(The results on the right were retrieved on December 27, 2015).

This isn’t the only online media poll to have shown preference for SkyTrain South-of-the-Fraser.

24 Hours Newspaper attached a reader poll to a 2015 article titled “LRT 101: Surrey lays out its concept”. In that poll…

  • 53% of respondents preferred a SkyTrain system
  • Only 28% preferred Light Rail
  • 19% of respondents preferred to drive their car.

In this case, the preceding article did not include an against-LRT perspective. Voters were free to choose as they wish with only the preceding pro-LRT perspective as their basis.

24 hours poll
24 Hrs’ April 2015 poll results; retrieved Dec 27, 2015

About SkyTrain for Surrey

SkyTrain for Surrey is a local grassroots organization calling for a SkyTrain and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network instead of the currently-proposed on-street Light Rail system in Surrey.

Our campaign directors: Daryl Dela Cruz (Surrey, chair), Benedic Dasalla (Surrey), Jacky Au (Surrey), Spencer Whitney (Langley)

For further information

Daryl Dela Cruz, Campaign Chair, Phone: +1 604 329 3529, E-mail: [email protected]

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