FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 23, 2018 – Surrey, BC
SkyTrain for Surrey takes issue with a misleading claim perpetuated by the Surrey Board of Trade’s CEO, related to the cost difference between light rail and the proposed Expo Line: Langley Extension.
In a recent interview with CTV News, Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman claimed that SkyTrain “costs at least three times more to build than LRT”. This is completely false.
Cost estimates for a SkyTrain and LRT on the same Fraser Highway route were published by TransLink and have been viewable on their website since July of this year. According to their estimates, a street-running LRT would cost $1.95 billion, while the SkyTrain extension would cost $2.9 billion.
This is a cost difference of approximately 49%, not in excess of 300% as suggested by Ms. Huberman.
In addition, both estimates were stated in year-of-expenditure (2022) dollars and included generous 25% contingencies on much of the construction and design costs. We believe that the cost estimate for SkyTrain is overstated by as much as $500 million dollars.
SkyTrain for Surrey urges local leaders fighting for SkyTrain to stand strong in their dialogue with local business and community groups. Some of these groups may not have the correct information on-hand and may have special interests which do not align with those of the majority of Surrey and Langley voters who have demanded SkyTrain – not LRT.
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]