Immediate community based solutions to transit

There are three important things to note on LRT that need to be front and centre as we look at options:

First, no mayor of Surrey can decide alone on different technology – It goes through Translink, the federal government and other Mayors so what we need to do is be a regional leader on this change.

Second, we need to ensure the 1.6 Billion on the table for transit is kept in Surrey and used in the best way possible and as fast as possible. We may even need more later on.

Third, Surrey is absorbing the population growth for our whole region, so we need to ensure we are getting the proper infrastructure to handle that and make Surrey a great city. We are for skytrain as a solution to handle this growth.

We are committed to the following:

  • Take a regional leadership role on transit as mayor and council of the fastest growing city in Metro Vancouver Advocate for community shuttles in Surrey town centres with Translink
  • Enhance bus service throughout Surrey
  • Ensure that the 1.6 Billion dollars committed for transit is used in Surrey quickly and efficiently
  • Take a regional leadership role in advocating for more resources for Surrey
  • Press pause on LRT Phase 1, as we have not seen the business case for it, and take a leadership role with Translink and the province to ensure proper technology choices in Surrey
  • Take a regional leadership role in ensuring Skytrain on the Fraser Highway Corridor
     

“I’m becoming increasingly concerned over overly simplistic rhetoric by some of those engaged in this debate, and I’m equally concerned over what appears to be a fully committed position on LRT, despite the fact that none of the residents in Surrey were properly consulted on technology. It’s puzzling that any elected official would advocate for technology which is so clearly not in line with the wishes of the constituents,” says mayoralty candidate Bruce Hayne. “In fact ,Translink’s own study in 2012 said that Skytrain and bus use was far superior to LRT and there has been no comparison study since. The business cases provided for LRT are woefully inadequate.”

“There is no doubt Surrey needs infrastructure investment with respect to mass transit, but I question the process and the logic of moving forward with such an unpopular approach and technology. An Integrity Now council will push pause on the LRT approach in order to do a full and transparent analysis as to what is the best technology for the people of this city. We need to give LRT a sober second thought before it is too late and really look at how we can get Skytrain in to serve Surrey. Skytrain works everywhere we put it.”