FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 29, 2018 – Surrey, BC
SkyTrain for Surrey takes issue with statements made by Dean Barbour of the Fleetwood Business Improvement Association claiming that a SkyTrain extension would be a “noisy monstrosity” in Fleetwood.
A detailed noise and vibration assessment that was done for the Evergreen SkyTrain extension shows that SkyTrain does not create an increase in noise and vibrations when it is built along existing roadways.
The assessment – which assessed noise and vibrations for over 500 locations within 2 blocks of the SkyTrain alignment – found that only 15% of buildings assessed along the route would experience some sort of noise impact from day-to-day operations. 85% of assessed buildings would experience little to no impact.
It also noted that vibrations caused by passing trains on the elevated guideway would be lower than vibrations caused by passing vehicle and truck traffic.
A 2009 information sheet outlined several measures taken to reduce noise impacts from Evergreen operations, including the use of low-profile guideway noise barriers to lessen noise emanating from the wheels, rails and electric motors. We anticipate that similar measures will be taken to reduce such impacts on a future SkyTrain extension to Langley.
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]