FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 11, 2018 – Surrey, BC
In an open letter penned by our campaign chair, SkyTrain for Surrey has requested the incoming Mayors’ Council Chair – Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan – to remove the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit (SNG LRT) line from the Mayors’ Council’s 10-Year Vision.
The SNG LRT project will do little to improve transit commutes for the people it would serve, and should not be in the region’s 10-Year Vision. If it is allowed to proceed, it will be an expensive mistake on a scale significantly larger than BC Ferries’ ill-fated FastCat program.
SkyTrain for Surrey is recommending that the Mayors’ Council endorse a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project instead of the SNG LRT on King George Blvd. and 104 Ave. This reduces costs and complexity, and addresses concerns of TransLink’s capacity to deliver Surrey/Langley rapid transit while also building a Millennium Line/Broadway Extension and new Pattullo Bridge.
This also allows for fast-tracking of the ‘Phase 2’ Surrey-Langley Line. A SkyTrain extension from Surrey to Langley is desperately needed to address growing congestion and mobility needs. Fraser Highway commuters cannot wait another 5 years for rapid transit.
Press the above button to view an online page with our open letter, or view a PDF copy below:
SkyTrain for Surrey is the community organization that advocated for the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain extension, and continues to push for high-quality rapid transit projects in Surrey and Langley. We began as a petition calling for the scrapping of a street-level LRT proposal, which eventually amassed more than 6,000 signatures, and later contributed to making SkyTrain an election issue as a registered third-party advertiser. SkyTrain for Surrey continues to call for high-quality projects that offer a positive return-on-investment and recognize the rapidly increasing demand for transit.
Daryl Dela Cruz – Founder, SkyTrain for Surrey
Phone: +1 604 329 3529, [email protected]