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A petition to derail LRT projects in Surrey is gaining momentum

Last Updated Feb 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm PDT

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SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Not everyone in Surrey is happy with the plan to build a light-rail transit line.

A petition against the plan has now received 1,000 signatures.

Daryl Dela Cruz is with the group SkyTrain for Surrey. He believes whatever plan is put in place, the transit line will serve the city for up to 100 years so a rash decision without proper consultation would be reckless.

“Are we looking at this in the right way? We had a survey earlier last week that said that there is high support for LRT in the city. They actually only polled about 600 people.”

Dela Cruz says the City of Surrey seems to be pushing ahead with the idea without releasing all of the information about the line.

He believes light rail gets a lot of attention because it’s considered to be the cheaper alternative.

“In fact, light rail is not more cost effective when you consider the long-term costs when you consider the benefits of the community far less than serviced than it would be with a SkyTrain plus a bus rapid transit system.”

He believes light rail puts the city on track for high operating costs, congestion, and increased greenhouse gas emissions.

Here is a link to the petition.