New Light Rail Community Coalition Launched to Advocate for Connecting Communities South of the Fraser

May 7th, 2013

SURREY, BC – Today a community coalition, Light Rail Links, was launched to support the City of Surrey’s vision for a new Light Rail Transit (LRT) system to connect communities south of the Fraser River.

“We will be talking to everyone - our local communities, TransLink and the BC and federal governments - about the immediate need for light rail south of the Fraser to ensure livable, connected, sustainable neighbourhoods are developed,” said Scott Olson, past-President of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Association and member of Light Rail Links. “Light Rail Links believes light rail is the most cost-effective and high-quality form of rapid transit to address the needs of our communities and the rapidly increasing population.”

“Experience with light rail systems in other cities such as Portland, Oregon, shows that housing developments and businesses will invest and build near the easy-to-access, at-grade light rail stations. Light rail has been good for business in other jurisdictions, and it will be good for business here in Surrey. Light rail is essential for the South Fraser region’s economic development,” said Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade and member of Light Rail Links.

Rick Hart, President of the Fleetwood Community Association and member of Light Rail Links said “as a long-term Surrey resident, I believe we can shape communities with transit and light rail is the best option to connect and shape our communities south of the Fraser. We want to make sure that, as Surrey grows, we create communities that are inter-connected and family-friendly.”

Light Rail Links recently formed as a result of the growing movement of individuals and groups advocating for Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Surrey. Light Rail Links 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 our website at www.lightraillinks.com and follow us on Twitter at @LightRailLinks.

To learn more about the City of Surrey’s vision for light rail, please visit http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/10797.aspx.

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For information contact:

Anita Huberman

CEO, Surrey Board of Trade

anita@businessinsurrey.ca

604-634-0342