IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 18, 2017 – Surrey, BC
SkyTrain for Surrey‘s campaign team is working to mobilize the over 1500 people who have signed in support of SkyTrain South-of-the-Fraser, encouraging all SkyTrain supporters to voice their opposition to the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project at the upcoming TransLink consultations.
SkyTrain for Surrey is opposing the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project as part of its campaign, urging that the LRT project instead be built as a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system at a lower cost.
The following is a statement by our campaign founding director, Daryl Dela Cruz:
The City of Surrey has ignored the results of the original TransLink study, which found that SkyTrain & BRT would have a better business case than street-level Light Rail and forecast that Light Rail would actually result in a net loss to society rather than a net benefit.
This is because Surrey’s Light Rail proposal is completely at street-level. Mayor Linda Hepner says that Light Rail is a sophisticated transit system and she is correct, but many of the Light Rail projects in our country use considerable grade-separation, similar to SkyTrain. Surrey’s proposed system will have no grade-separation and it will run through the middle of dozens of intersections. This street-level LRT will be prone to major delays if trains become blocked, and will offer no time savings compared to dedicated bus lanes. With costs of the full project at $2.6 billion, Surrey’s Light Rail is a waste of taxpayer’s money.
It is imperative and it is critical that we come out to these open houses – and with a loud voice, let Surrey know that we are saying NO to this LRT project.
Daryl Dela Cruz – Founding Director, SkyTrain for Surrey
Campaign supporters for SkyTrain to Langley are encouraged to voice opposition for the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT project, and are encouraged to get in touch with the SkyTrain for Surrey campaign team for further updates on campaign activities.
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 has called on decision-makers to build the Langley Extension of the SkyTrain Expo Line, in conjunction with an extension of the 96 B-Line to Coquitlam Centre and White Rock.
Our campaign directors: Daryl Dela Cruz (Surrey, chair), Jacky Au (Surrey), Spencer Whitney (Langley), Tova Dang (Surrey)
For further information
Daryl Dela Cruz, Campaign Chair, Phone: +1 604 329 3529, E-mail: [email protected]