Community Coalition Applauds Investment Commitment for Surrey’s LRT project
October 14, 2015, SURREY, B.C. – With less than a week before the federal election, the Conservative and Liberal Parties of Canada have both committed funding to Surrey’s proposed light rail transit (LRT) project if elected.
“We are excited that the Conservatives and Liberals recognize the vital importance of funding Surrey’s LRT project,” said Anita Huberman, newly appointed Chair of the Light Rail Links and Chief Executive Officer of the Surrey Board of Trade. “These commitments clearly demonstrate their support for the residents and businesses of Surrey as well as for enhancing economic development opportunities.”
Surrey is the fastest growing city in British Columbia. Yet, despite contributing approximately 20% of TransLink’s municipal funding ($144 million per year), transit is underfunded south of the Fraser River and service levels in Surrey are lower than other municipalities. Rapid transit infrastructure is critical to catch up to other municipalities and support the rapid growth of the community.
“We need a more efficient transit system to move people around in Surrey,” said Huberman. “After reviewing all the options, I can confidently say LRT is the right solution. It is a cost-effective and high-quality form of rapid transit that will benefit our residents, our businesses and our community. We hope that all parties can agree that, no matter who forms the next federal government, this project should go forward.”
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About The Light Rail Links Coalition
The Light Rail Links Community Coalition formed as a result of the growing movement of like-minded individuals and groups advocating for LRT south of the Fraser. Our coalition is made up of community supporters that represent a variety of interests, including business, community and neighbourhood groups and the tourism sector. To learn more about the Light Rail Links Community Coalition and our upcoming activities, please visit at www.lightraillinks.com or follow on Twitter at @LightRailLinks.