FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 12, 2019 – Surrey, BC
Today, spokespersons from both the provincial government and TransLink have put a long-held misconception about Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain system to rest.
Vancouver city councillor Colleen Hardwick previously motioned to place two major SkyTrain expansion projects in the city on hold, claiming that technologies used by our system are “proprietary” and that criminial prosecution charges against those who “hold technical patents” could impact our ability to use the technologies in further SkyTrain system expansions.
For over 7 years, SkyTrain for Surrey has challenged many similar assertions that the propulsion and control systems used by the SkyTrain system are ‘proprietary’. Our opponents in Surrey and Langley repeatedly discouraged SkyTrain expansion with a reasoning that decision makers should not choose a system that is “outdated” or “only offered by a single company” (usually cited to be either Bombardier or SNC-Lavalin).
“SNC Lavalin and Bombardier do not hold patents on equipment or components that could not be supplied by others. Automated train lines are popular around the world and that growth has brought more choice in the market.” – Provincial government in statement to News1130
We are incredibly pleased to hear from both TransLink and the provincial government, whose affirmations in response to councilor Hardwick ensure that future SkyTrain expansions—including the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain extension that was fought for by our campaign—can go ahead.
For the first time ever, regional stakeholders with an interest in rapid transit expansion can take part in a discourse that is not deterred by rampant misinformation about our system. We are proud to have played a part in achieving this monumental step forward for rapid transit in our region.
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]