SURREY (NEWS1130) – It’s fast, green, and affordable and Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts has her eye on it. The question is, can she convince Translink to pump some cash into her plan for a Bombardier light rail transit system?

Watts hopes to work with other communities that are also taking a look at transportation alternatives, such as Portland, Oregon, where she says close to $8-billion in economic activity was created for the city after putting in a light rail system.

“Surrey’s population is expected to increase by 50 per cent over the next 30 years, so we need efficient transit service now in order to help shape and connect our growing communities,” Watts says.

The 19-metre-long model creates no noxious unfriendly emissions and virtually no noise.

“At the end of the day we want to make sure the taxpayers have the best value for their dollars,” she says. “So if there are other ways to do it, we’re more than happy to.”

The city’s multi-billion dollar vision includes three lines – each going from Surrey City Centre and taking people to Guildford, Newton and Langley.